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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.

Restoration of Reading 2100 Continues

July 26, 2018

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.

Reading 2100 to be Shown Off at Open House

July 17, 2015

The public is being invited to come see Reading 4-8-4 No. 2100 during an Aug. 15-16 open house at the roundhouse of the Midwest Railway Preservation Society in Cleveland.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is no admission or parking fee, but a ride in a caboose will be available for $5 a person. The roundhouse is located at 2800 West 3rd Street.

The 2100 was moved to Cleveland in April by the American Steam Railroad, which plans to restore it to operating condition.

The group said that it will make a special announcement on Aug. 15 about its Fire Up 2100 campaign.

Since arriving at the former Baltimore & Ohio roundhouse after a 2,300-mile journey on a flatcar from Richland, Washington, mechanical contractors and volunteers have begun a mechanical inspection of the locomotive.  The cost of restoration has been put at less than $700,000.

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