R&N 2102 Repaired in Time for Next Excursion

A mechanical issue with Reading & Northern Railroad Class 4-8-4 No. 2102 has been repaired in time to pull an excursion on Oct. 29.

Trains magazine reported on its website that a malfunctioning component inside the Class T-1 locomotive’s firebox caused it to be removed from service during an Oct. 8 excursion.

Up until now the 2102 had been performing without any issues since returning to revenue service in late May after completion of a six-year, $2.4 million restoration.

The mechanical problem that knocked the 2102 out of service last weekend during a fall-foliage excursion in Northeastern Pennsylvania was reported to be clogged ports in the firing table in the firebox.

After putting the steam locomotive in a siding, a pair of SD50 diesels completed the excursion. The malfunction occurred about 17 miles into the excursion.

The R&N said passengers who had paid premium fares to ride behind steam would receive compensation although it was not immediately clear what that would be.

The story can be read at https://www.trains.com/trn/news-reviews/news-wire/reading-northern-4-8-4-repaired-set-for-next-excursion/

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