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Firebox Welding Completed on Reading 2100

October 12, 2021

The American Steam Railroad Preservation Association said it has completed welding work within the firebox grate area of former Reading T1 4-8-4 No. 2100.

The work included welding of 548 new side sheet flexible and rigid staybolts, the welding of the inner sheets to the mud ring, and the installation of two new arch tubes.

Next will be making repairs to 85 sleeves in the firebox combustion chamber and purchasing 170 new caps and copper gaskets, to complete this phase of the restoration. Vendors have quoted a price of $9,060 for these parts.

The work is being performed at a former Baltimore & Ohio roundhouse in Cleveland that is now the home of the Midwest Railway Preservation Society.

McCormack to Speak at Dinner in Bellevue

July 18, 2021

Conneaut native Doyle McCormack will be the featured speaker on Sept. 18 at the American Steam Railroad Preservation Association dinner to be held in Bellevue.

McCormack will speak at the second Legends of Steam dinner being hosted by the group, which is meeting at the Mad River & NKP Museum.

He will speak about some of the most significant preservation projects of the past half century with which he has been involved.

These include restoration to operating condition of Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 759 and Southern Pacific 4-8-4 No. 4449 for the American Freedom Train in 1976.

McCormack has also been involved in seeking to restore two former Delaware & Hudson Alco PA-1s. One of those, D&H 16, will be restored as Nickel Plate 190.

His railroad career began at Norfolk & Western as a clerk. He later worked for N&W as a fireman and engineer. He left the latter position to devote his time to restoring the SP 4449, yet also had stints working for Southern Pacific, Amtrak and Union Pacific. 

McCormack joined the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation, where he oversaw creation of the Oregon Rail Center, home to three steam locomotives.

Tickets for the dinner are $105 and the proceeds will be used to fund restoration of Reading 4-8-4 No. 2100.

The 2019 Legends of Steam dinner featured Ross Rowland but the 2020 dinner was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On the day of the dinner, the museum will open to attendees at 3 p.m. Caboose rides will be offered between 4 and 5 p.m. with dinner set to begin at 5:30 p.m.

McCormack’s presentation will be followed by a question and answer session. Ticket sales end will end on Sept. 3, 2021. 

ASR Sells Car to Raise Money for Steam Restoration

October 15, 2020

To help raise money for the restoration of a Reading steam locomotive, American Steam Railroad has sold former Frisco business car No. 1100 to Allied Rail Corporation of Ludlow, Kentucky.

ASR is restoring in a former Baltimore & Ohio roundhouse in Cleveland Reading 4-8-4 No. 2100.

The Frisco business car was built around the dawn of the 20th century and was once named Arkansas.

It served the Frisco, formerly known as the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway, until the late 1950s.

The car had been donated to ASR several years ago and the group said restoring it is not part of its current business plan.

RBM&N Helps with Reading 2100 Restoration

July 5, 2020

The Reading, Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad has donated a new fire door casting to the group restoring Reading 4-8-4 No. 2100.

Members of the American Steam Railroad, which is restoring the T-1 at a former Baltimore & Ohio roundhouse in Cleveland, journeyed recently to Port Clinton, Pennsylvania, to accept the donation.

The RBM&N is itself restoring another former Reading T-1, No. 2102.

Reading & Northern, which owns the RBM&N, had the new fire door cast by a foundry located near Port Clinton.

“The Reading, Blue Mountain & Northern believes in supporting groups like these, to continue to educate the public about railroads,” Mike Fisher, general manager for RBM&N passenger operations, said in a statement.

The statement noted that RBM&N has provided assistance to other groups including the owners of Central of New Jersey 0-6-0 No. 113, the Colebrookdale Railroad in Boyerstown, Pennsylvania; the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society, which owns Nickel Plate Road No. 765 in 2015; and National Railway Historical Society chapters in eastern Pennsylvania.

Donor Gives $1,000 toward Reading 2100 Restoration

May 7, 2020

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.

McCormack to Speak in Bellevue on May 16

February 12, 2020

Another steam impresario is coming to Ohio to help raise money for the restoration of Reading Company steam locomotive No. 2100.

Doyle McCormack will speak on May 16 at the Mad River & NKP Museum in Bellevue as part of the “Legends of Steam” speaker series sponsored by the American Steam Railroad Preservation Association.

The ASRPA is restoring the Reading locomotive at a former Baltimore & Ohio roundhouse in Cleveland that is owned by the Midwest Railway Preservation Society.

McCormack is best known for his work with Southern Pacific 4-8-4 No. 4449 but will also speak about his experiences with the Nickel Plate Road.

He also was involved with the American Freedom Train, which toured the country in 1975-1976.

During his talk McCormack his expected to tell some of his stories about steam locomotives and his work to preserve vintage diesels.

Tickets to the event are $99 per person. More information can be found at

The ticket price includes admission to the museum, caboose rides and a catered dinner.

Participants will be able to inside the cab of Nickel Plate Road locomotive 757, which the museum has acquired and plans to restore.

Rowland to Speak at Reading 2100 Fundraiser

August 31, 2019

Ross Rowland has been confirmed as the keynote speaker at a fund-raising event to raise money to help pay for the restoration of Reading 4-8-4 T1 No. 2100.

The event will be held on Sept. 21 at the former Baltimore & Ohio roundhouse in Cleveland that is now operated by the Midwest Railway Preservation Society.

Rowland will present a video and photo presentation about his experiences in restoring and operating steam locomotives, including the Golden Spike Centennial Limited in 1969, the American Freedom Train from 1975-76, and the Chessie System Steam Special in 1977 and 1978.

Among the locomotives that he helped operate were Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 759, Reading 4-8-4 No. 2101 and Chesapeake & Ohio 4-8-4 No. 614.

The restoration of Reading 2100 is being undertaken at the B&O roundhouse by American Steam Railroad.

A catered dinner from Ohio City BBQ. Tickets are $99 per person and can be purchased on the internet at

Steam Locomotive Restoration Group Reaches Pact with MRPS For Use of its Roundhouse

June 19, 2017

A group seeking to restore a Reading T1 steam locomotive has apparently patched up things with the Midwest Railway Preservation Society.

Trains magazine reported last week that MRPS has reached a tentative agreement on a lease with the American Steam Railroad Preservation Association for that group to remain at MRPS facility in Cleveland.

ASR had moved 4-8-4 No. 2100 to the former Baltimore & Ohio roundhouse two years ago with the goal of restoring it to operating condition.

Known as a term sheet, the agreement  calls for the lease to last three years and establishes a set of agreements and conditions both sides agreed to meet before signing binding documents. The two parties will have four months to complete any pre-agreement work necessary.

Last spring the MRPS went to court to seek to evict ASR from the roundhouse.

According to Trains, the new agreement allows ASR to use one roundhouse stall and some tracks outside the building.

“Midwest sincerely hopes that we are entering a new and fruitful period for both organizations,” said MRPS President Donald Zeyer says. “Additionally, Midwest also wishes to advise the public that we had nothing to do with any allegations, comments, or arguments that were made on social media. Again, we hope that we are entering a new era of co-operation. We wish ASR nothing but the best in their efforts to return No. 2100 to steam.”

ASR President Steve Harvey said his group is pleased with the roundhouse, noting that it has good access to Class I railroads, short lines, and scenic railroad operators.

Trains quoted a ASR officer as saying that the group plans to focus on rebuilding No. 2100’s firebox and running gear in the coming months and to have locomotive under steam in the next year or two.

MRPS Trying to Evict Steam Loco Party

March 16, 2017

The Midwest Railway Preservation Society has filed an eviction action against the American Steam Railroad Preservation Association.

Court records show that the case was filed on March 2, 2017, in Cleveland Municipal Court.

The case (2017 CVG 003164) is scheduled to be the subject of a first cause hearing on March 23 at 9 a.m. in Courtroom A on the third floor of the justice center at 2900 W. Third Street.

A second cause hearing has been set for April 20 in the same courtroom for 1:30 p.m.

Records show that the ASRPA has a business address in Akron.

The details of the complaint are not shown in the online record of the case.

In spring 2015, ASRPA moved Reading T-1 No. 2100 to the former Baltimore & Ohio roundhouse in Cleveland that MRPS owns.

The group said at the time it was embarking on a $700,000 fund-raising campaign to pay for restoration of the locomotive to operating condition.

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Excursions to Raise Money for Restoration

March 14, 2017

The American Steam Railroad Preservation Association has announced plans to operate two special passenger excursions to raise money for the restoration of Reading T-1 4-8-4 No. 2100.

Both trips will feature private cars attached to scheduled Amtrak trains. The excursions are being coordinated by Luxury Rail Travel of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

One trip will operate July 27-30 on the Adirondack between New York and Montreal.

The second trip will operate in November on the Pennsylvanian between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

The private cars expected to be used include a 1952 Budd observation-lounge, Alexander Hamilton, a former Pennsylvania Railroad car; and Passaic River, a 1948 Budd-built buffet-once owned by the Santa Fe. Both cars are now owned by the Morristown & Erie Railroad.