Restoration of Reading 2100 Continues

Restoring a steam locomotive to operating condition is a long journey filled with many expected and unexpected challenges.

Just ask those involved with restoring Chesapeake & Ohio 2-6-6-2 No. 1309.

The financial and mechanical woes afflicting that locomotive have played out in a very public way as the time needed to get the engine out on the road has lengthened by months if not years.

The restoration of Reading Company T-1 No. 2100 has received far less publicity and it is difficult to gauge its progress.

American Steam Railroad, which is conducting the restoration at a former Baltimore & Ohio roundhouse in Cleveland, last updated the project’s progress on its website in February.

Without detailing that here, suffice it say that much has been done, but there remains much more to do.

I recently had a chance to see the 2100 sitting in the roundhouse that is owned by the Midwest Railway Preservation Society.

A casual glance at the engine wasn’t enough to give a sense of how much has been done and how much is left to do, but here is what it looks like these days.

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