Posts Tagged ‘Reading T-1 No. 2102’

Steam Saturday: 50 Year Old Memories

May 8, 2021

Fifty years ago last month, (April 24, 1971) ex-Reading 4-8-4 T-1 No. 2102 pulled an excursion on Norfolk & Western (Ex-Akron, Canton & Youngstown) tracks from Akron to Spencer.

In the top image, the train is boarding in Akron west of downtown. In the next two images it it shown westbound en route to Spencer.

One hundred Akron residents had raised $40,000 to purchase the Northern type steamer from the Reading Company. It was overhauled at the South Akron roundhouse of the Pennsylvania Railroad.

After restoration, the owners had a difficult time getting a railroad to agree to host an excursion before N&W agreed to allow it to run trips on April 24 and 25 over the former AC&Y.

Nearly 2,000 rode the 16-car train.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Steam Saturday: Remembering William Benson

January 30, 2021

Here is a photograph that makes me thankful for having taken around a half century ago.

In memory of Bill Benson, here is ex-Reading T-1 No. 2102 in Akron heading to Hudson to be turned on the wye there and return to Akron.

It is the break-in trip in the summer of 1968. The late Mike Ondecker and I were on a grassy hill just south of Akron Union Depot when this was taken.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

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.

Second Half Steam in 1991 Wasn’t Bad

August 19, 2020

Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 & Pere Marquette 2-8-4 No. 1225 race side by side at Hurricane, West Virginia, on Aug. 9, 1991.

When Ed Ribinskas traveled to the 1991 Railfair in Sacramento, California, he thought the multitude of live steam locomotives that he had seen could not be topped.

But later in the year he enjoyed a number of other steam highlights including both operating engines and static displays.

Here are a few of the highlights of what he captured.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Southern 2-8-2 No. 4501 at Greens Fork, Indiana, on Sept. 29, 1991.

East Broad Top 2-8-2 No. 17 at Orbisonia, Pennsylvania, on Oct. 12, 1991.

Reading 4-8-4 No. 2102 at South Tamaqua, Pennsylvania, on Oct. 13, 1991.

Chesapeake & Ohio 2-6-6-2 No. 1308 in a very well maintained stactic display in Huntington, West Virginia, on Aug. 8, 1991. Sister locomotive No. 1309 might be operating in the very near future on the Western Maryland Scenic.

Amtraking East in Search of a Reading T-1

June 30, 2020

The excursion train crosses the Reading’s concrete viaduct across the Susquehanna River in Harrisburg, on May 21, 1988.

My spring vacation in 1988 began with a drive to Canton in the wee hours of the morning to catch Amtrak’s eastbound Broadway Limited to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

My sister and brother in law were living in Gettysburg and they picked me up in early afternoon.

My focus was an excursion trip sponsored by the Blue Mountain & Reading from Temple to Gettysburg with Reading 4-8-4 No. 2102 running all the way on ex-Reading rails, recreating one of the early 1960s Reading Rambles.

At Belt Line Junction, No. 2102 took the Conrail mainline to Harrisburg then to Mt Holly Springs, where it switched to the Gettysburg Railroad, which was the ex-Reading branch, the rest of the trip to Gettysburg.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

At Belt Line Junction in Reading.

A wider angle view of the Reading T-1 crossing the river in downtown Harrisburg.

Now on the Gettysburg Railroad at Hunters Run.

No. 2102 stalled shortly after I made this shot at Goodyear. Gettysburg motive power had to be brought down to assist the 2102 and train to Gettysburg.

Since I was on a “T-1 high ,” I drove to Baltimore the next day to the B&O Museum. Reading 2101 is shown as it appeared when it was the power in the East of the American Freedom Train.