Donor Gives $1,000 toward Reading 2100 Restoration

The American Steam Railroad Preservation Association said it has received a $1,000 donation toward restoration of Reading T-1 4-8-4 No. 2100.

In a news release, ASRPA said Louis Schillinger, president and CEO of United Shortline Insurance Services, donated money to be used to help complete the forging and machining of 560 staybolts for the locomotive’s firebox.

Schillinger has been providing support for restoration of No. 2100 since 2007.

He worked with ASR over the past five years by assisting and transferring interest in Reading 2100 to the group, along with providing ASR’s insurance needs, the group said in a news release.

Work that remains to be done includes before the boiler can undergo a hydrostatic test includes welding the staybolts in place along with forming and replacing the two arch tubes in the firebox.

ASRPA said it plans to begin raising funds for that work soon.

The restoration work is being done at a former Baltimore & Ohio roundhouse in Cleveland owned by the Midwest Railway Preservation Society.

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