Posts Tagged ‘Reading & Blue Mountain Railroad’

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.

Bringing Back Great Memories

April 18, 2020

These bring back great memories. Here are a couple from a trip I made with Paul Woodring to the Reading, Blue Mountain & Northern railfan weekend in June 1988.

In the top photograph, these two E-units in Pennsylvania Railroad heritage paint were in South Hamburg, Pennsylvania, on June 26.

In the bottom image is former Reading No. 2102, which was once Akron’s own 4-8-4, in South Hamburg on June 25.

Article and Photographs by Robert Farkas

Lehigh Gorge To Again Serve Jim Thorpe, Pa.

February 12, 2020

Lehigh Gorge Scenic passenger trains will roll into Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, once more in the wake of the settling of a tax dispute.

The tourist railroads owner, Reading & Northern Railroad, had shut down the service in the wake of a dispute with the borough of Jim Thorpe over an entertainment tax.

The borough and a local school district had sued the railroad for non-payment of the tax.

A statement issued by R&N owner Any Mueller Jr. said the dispute has been settled but did provide information on the terms.

R&N had contended that its tourist trains were not an amusement. However, the lawsuits had been dropped last November.

The first trips to Jim Thorpe will operate on Feb. 15 as part of the town’s Winterfest.