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R&N Cancels F unit Excursions

July 15, 2020

The Reading & Northern has canceled two excursions that were to feature its new F unit locomotives.

The excursions, both of which were near sell outs, had been set to run on Aug. 1 and Sept. 5.

Each was to feature a photo runby and have onboard food service.

In an announcement posted to its Facebook page, the railroad cited health and safety reasons for canceling the excursions, noting that the number of COVID-19 cases in Pennsylvania have been trending up in recent days.

The announcement also cited unspecified “additional mandates/recommendations.”

Calling the decision to cancel “uneasy,” the railroad said its management concluded there was no room for social distancing aboard passenger cars, making photographs in lines during the photo runbys, and serving food aboard the train.

R&N acquired the F units, an F9A No. 270 and F7B No. 275, in November 2019 from Norfolk Southern, which used them for several years to pull its executive trains.

The Pennsylvania regional railroad also owns two former Bessemer & Lake Erie F7 locomotives.

NS had acquired four F units in 2006 to use to pull its executive trains starting in 2007. It decided last year to sell them through an auction.

R&N Shows Off F Units in New Livery

January 16, 2020

Reading & Northern has released a photograph of one of its recently repainted F unit that it acquired from Norfolk Southern.

R&N bought two of the ex-NS F units and plans to use them to pull passengers excursions, including a trip on April 18.

Although no date has been announced, the R&N said the demand for tickets for the April trip has prompted it to begin planning additional excursions this year behind the F units.

In a news release, R&N said the F units were built in the early 1950s, but rebuilt by NS 15 years ago in Altoona, Pennsylvania.

R&N received the locomotives in late December and plans to have them on public display on occasion at its Reading Outer Station.

The April excursion will depart from the Outer Station on Pennsylvania Route 61 and Bellevue Avenue and travel to Pittston, Pennsylvania.

Highlights of that trip will include the Hometown High Bridge and the newly constructed bridge adjacent to Lehigh Gorge State Park over the Lehigh River.

Some seating options for the April 18 trip quickly sold out after ticket sales began on Jan. 6.

Tickets and further information about the excursion is available at http://www.rbmnrr-passenger.comor or by calling the passenger office at 610-562-2102.