In Search of Keystone State Steam: 1


First in a series

Over the Columbus Day weekend, Ed and Ursula Ribinskas drove to Pennsylvania in search of steam.

The highlight of the trip would be seeing Reading Blue Mountain & Northern No. 425, a 4-6-2 Pacific-type steam locomotive build by Baldwin in January 1928.

The 425 departs from the R&N headquarters city of Port Clinton, Pennsylvania, and takes passengers on a two-hour trip to Jim Thorpe, where it lays over for three hours.

The locomotive was built in Pennsylvania for the Gulf, Mobile & Northern, later renamed Gulf, Mobile & Ohio.

Retired in 1950, No. 425 had a series of owners until it was purchased by Andrew J. Muller Jr., to pull excursion trains on the RBM&N.

Muller later painted the locomotive dark blue, in part because the Reading once had a dark blue steamer of its own.

The 425 was out of service between 1997 and 2008 during which time it underwent restoration. It also underwent repairs in 2011 and 2012.

Ed and Ursula chased the 425 on one of its trips, getting it at Zehners, Haucks, Atlas, Nesquehoning and the Pennsylvania Route 93 tunnel.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas













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2 Responses to “In Search of Keystone State Steam: 1”

  1. Bob Says:

    Great shots. I like the tunnel sequence.
    Thanks for posting these.

  2. Paul Woodring Says:

    The 425 was the largest locomotive to survive the ill-fated Paulsen Spence collection for his proposed Louisiana Eastern in the early 1960’s. He was going to operate a shortline railroad with retired steam locomotives from various parts of the country (at least six NKP locomotives – including at least a couple of Hudsons – were part of the collection), but died before he could bring his plans to completion. His widow and the rest of his family didn’t care about it and sold the vast majority of the locomotives for scrap. This is generally considered to be one of the great lost preservation opportunities for steam.

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