Posts Tagged ‘Reading T-1 No. 2102’

R&N 2102 to Haul Freight on Friday

August 18, 2022

The Reading & Northern plans to have 4-8-4 No. 2102 pull a freight train on Friday (Aug. 19).

The announcement was made on the carrier’s social media sites although details were sparse.

 “Take off this Friday and chase 2102 in revenue freight service,” the announcement said. The announcement also said 2102 was expected to depart from Port Clinton around mid-morning.

Earlier this year the 2102 operated in freight service with empty and loaded coal train as it prepared for its first revenue service passenger trip in late May.

R&N Runs Steam Doubleheader

August 16, 2022

In part to celebrate the 75th birthday of its owner Andy Muller, Jr., the Reading & Northern operated a steam doubleheader on Saturday featuring 4-8-4 No. 2102 and 4-6-2 No. 425.

The doubleheader was part of a scheduled Iron Horse Rambles excursion that already had been sold out.

Trains magazine reported that it was the first R&N steam doubleheader since 1988. The magazine said in a report on its website that Muller received applause from passengers as he walked through the train.

The 19-car excursion ran for 67 miles from the Reading Outer Station to Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania.

The train returned to Reading behind two SD50 locomotives that were adorned in a special livery to promote the railroad’s North Reading Fast Freight service.

At Nesquehoning Junction in Jim Thorpe, the steam locomotives were removed from the train and passengers were invited to visit their cabs.

R&N Planning Steam Double Header Aug. 13

July 22, 2022

Pennsylvania regional railroad Reading & Northern plans to run a steam locomotive double header on Aug. 13.

The Iron Horse Rambles train will feature 4-8-4 No. 2102 and 4-6-2 No. 425 and is already sold out.

R&N said it will be its first steam doubleheader since 1988 and the third of four scheduled steam excursions between Reading and Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, this year.

All three of the remaining trips are sold out. Some fall foliage excursions are expected to operate with steam power.

Steam Saturday: Doubleheading on Conrail’s Pittsburgh Line Near Horseshoe Curve

June 25, 2022

An unidentified photographer made this image of a steam doubleheader featuring former Reading 4-8-4 No. 2102 and former Grand Trunk Western 2-8-2 No. 4070 pulling a train near Horseshoe Curve in May 1977. To be specific, the location is Milepost 328.5 on Conrail’s Pittsburgh Line. The 2102 is running in Pennsylvania again this summer on the Reading Blue Mountain & Northern. Restoration of the 4070 to operating condition continues to face a long, hard slog.

Collection of Robert Farkas

Hundreds Welcomed Return of R&N 2102

June 1, 2022

A sold-out train and hundreds of trackside photographers greeted the return of Reading & Northern’s T-1 No. 2102 last weekend.

Railfan and Railroad reported on its website that photographers stood several deep at such popular spots as West Leesport, New Ringgold and Tamaqua in eastern Pennsylvania.

The 4-8-4 pulled the 19-car train without diesel assistance. The 2102 was making its first tourist train outing since the completion of a six-year restoration project.

The R&R report said the T-1 slipped several times at East Mahony on wet rails and steep grades on a cloudy and rainy day but quickly regained its footing.

Billed as a return of the fabled Iron Horse Rambles, excursions pulled by the 2102 also are planned for July 2, Aug. 13, Sept. 3, and Oct. 1, 8 and 29.

The Iron Horse Rambles moniker is a nod to a series of steam excursions of the 1960s hosted by the former Reading Lines. Those trips last ran in 1964.

The article with photographs can be viewed at https://railfan.com/reading-2102-makes-debut-on-sold-out-iron-horse-ramble/

Return of the Reading Rambles

May 30, 2022

 My goal this past weekend was to introduce my former brother-in-law (but still good friend) Karl West, his son (my nephew) Owen, and Jeff Troutman to an old friend of mine from way back

Reading  4-8-4 No. 2102 on May 28 made its first passenger excursion since October 1991.

To sum it up, everybody loved it. It ran, sounded and looked spectacular.

The departure from Reading Outer Station was right on time at 9 a.m. A quick passenger stop was made at Port Clinton,

We started with cloudy conditions and we ran in some rain en route. The T-1 was unaffected and from what I could see performed flawlessly. The stack talk was loud and constant. We arrived at Jim Thorpe at 11:45 a.m. 

We had plenty of time for lunch in town. Afterwards we returned to the station to see the return of the 1 p.m. Lehigh Gorge Scenic Train.

After the 3 p.m. Lehigh Gorge train departed, the 2102 performed a solo photo runby. Once complete it backed to pick up the train for our 3:45 p.m. departure.

The sun broke through on the return trip.  We arrived back in Reading on time, just before 7 p.m.

The last time I rode behind 2102 was May 22, 1977. That was its doubleheader with former Grand Trunk Western 2-8-2 No. 4070 on a trip from Pittsburgh to Altoona and return featuring Horseshoe Curve. It was a 45-year wait for me to ride behind the 2102 again. It was worth it.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

R&N 2102 Pulls Coal Hoppers

April 27, 2022

Reading & Northern 4-8-4 No. 2102 pulled a load of 50 coal hoppers on Tuesday in an all-day 126-mile test run.

The former Reading T-1 class locomotive has been undergoing test runs this month following a six-year, $1.7 million rebuilding.

It will begin revenue excursion service on May 28 and pull trips through the fall over the system of the Pennsylvania-based regional R&N.

A report posted on the website of Trains magazine indicated that the 2102 at times had to deal with slippery rails and made several short service stops throughout its journey to tend to and inspect various components of the locomotive.

R&N 2102 to Make Test Run Today

April 26, 2022

Reading & Northern plans to make another test run today of its 4-8-4 No. 2102.

The Pennsylvania-based regional carrier said the test trip is expected to leave North Reading at 9 a.m. en route to Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania.

The railroad recently finished a $1.7 million overhaul of the locomotive that took six years to complete. It has been undergoing test runs since April 6.

The 2102 is a T-1 locomotive built in 1945 by the Reading Company. It is slated to pull its first public excursion on May 28.

R&I Says 2102 Ready to Ramble

April 18, 2022

Reading & Northern said its 4-8-4 No. 2102 passed all of its test runs and is ready to enter excursion service in late May.

The former Reading Company T-1 steamer made three days of test trips in early April.

Those followed a $2.4 million five-year project to rebuild the locomotive. It had been out of service since October 1991.

The first of R&N’s Iron Horse Rambles will run on May 28 from Outer Station in Reading, Pennsylvania, on a round trip to Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania.

R&N 2102 Completes 3 Test Runs

April 12, 2022

Reading & Northern 4-8-4 No. 2102 spent three days on the mainline last week getting in shape for a season of public excursions.

Railfan & Railroad magazine said some final details need to be completed before the locomotive is ready to pull passengers. This includes such things as applying lettering to the tender and cab, and adding striping.

The T-1 class locomotive may also pull a few freight trains before it debuts in excursion service on May 28.

During last week’s test runs, the 2102 ventured a little further each day away from its shop in Port Clinton, Pennsylvania.

R&N didn’t provide a schedule for the test runs but did post a notice on its website the night before each run that it would occur.

The first test run had the 2102 pulling a flatcar loaded with rail and switch parts, another car and a former Reading caboose.

The Friday test run was a caboose hop to the former Reading station in Tamaqua. At Haucks, the 2102 headed on former Central of New Jersey rails for a water stop at Nesquehoning and eventually Jim Thorpe.

To read more about the test runs visit https://railfan.com/reading-northern-2102-returns-to-the-main-line/