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R&N Test Fires Reading T-1 2102

January 14, 2021

Former Reading Company 4-8-4 No. 2102 underwent steam testing this week in Port Clinton, Pennsylvania.

Owned by regional carrier Reading & Northern, CEO Andy Muller, Jr. blew the whistle of the T-1 at 11 a.m. on Tuesday.

“The engine is like new,” Muller said following the testing, adding that the boiler, injectors, feed water heater and stoker tested fine.

Workers did find a leaks and will repair those after the locomotive cools down.

Shop forces had lighted a fire inside the firebox of the locomotive on Saturday. By Tuesday the engine has reached 240 psi working pressure

Restoration work on the locomotive, which was built by the Reading in 1945 will continue.

The 2102’s cab is still not attached and the tender needs to be rebuilt.

However, Mueller hopes to have the locomotive operating by spring when he wants to have it pull a freight train.

The restoration work has cost $1 million to date and Muller said completion of the work will cost another $100,000.

Muller bought the 2102 in 1987 and it pulled excursion trains on the 13-mile Blue Mountain & Reading from 1987 to 1992. 

Its first assignment in revenue service is expected to be pulling the North Reading Fast Freight, between North Reading and Pittston, Pennsylvania.

Reading & Northern Buys 2 NS F Units

November 25, 2019

Reading & Northern has purchased two of the four Norfolk Southern F units that were put up for auction last week.

The Pennsylvania regional railroad and tourist line operator bought F9A No. 270 and F7B No. 275 and plans to use them in special passenger service.

The fate of the other two NS F units has not yet been revealed. Bids on the locomotives were due on Nov. 20.

NS acquired the F units in 2006 to pull is executive fleet of passengers cars. The Class 1 carrier has rebuilt them to GP38-2 standards.

They have been based at the Juniata Locomotive Shop in Altoona, Pennsylvania.

R&N owner and chairman Andrew M. Mueller Jr. told Trains magazine that he was surprised to win the bidding on two of the NS F units because he expected a larger railroad to buy all four of them.

Mueller said tentative plans are to the replace the NS light gray paint with R&N Tuscan red on the streamlined units and keep the NS roster numbers.

R&N already owns two former Bessemer & Lake Erie F7s that are in the process of being restored to operating condition.

The NS A-B set will be combined with one of the former B&LE units to form a matched A-B-A consist, Muller said.

He said the NS F units will be moved from Altoona to the R&N’s interchange with NS at Reading, Pennsylvania, soon.

R&N plans to display the NS F units at its Outer Station Christmas-light display.

Muller said the NS units will be used to lead the first train over a new bridge connecting the railroad’s Lehigh and Reading divisions that is being constructed at Nesquehoning Junction and expected to open shortly before Christmas.

New Bridge To Cut Travel Time on R&BM

October 1, 2019

Construction of a new bridge will cut the travel time for freight shipments by as much as a day a Pennsylvania short line railroad said.

The Reading Blue Mountain & Northern (commonly known as Reading & Northern) will open a new bridge over the Lehigh River late this year at Nesquehoning Junction.

R&N owner and chairman Andrew M. Muller, Jr., said completion of the bridge should reduce by a day the travel time for cars moving the length of its system.

Mueller said the new bridge will permit “progressive” movement of trains running between Reading and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area.

At present, trains must change direction in Jim Thorpe to continue to their destinations.

The $14 million bridge project was paid for in part with a $10 million grant from the state.

It is located on a former Conrail route that was once part of the Lehigh Valley.

The bridge is on a segment of track that connects two R&BM divisions.

Construction of the bridge, which had been dormant for many years until R&BM began using it in 2003, began in 2017.

Muller expects the new bridge will allow a Reading-based crew to make the 230-mile round trip to Wilkes-Barre and back in 10 hours.