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Group Meets Funding Goal for New Firebox

June 29, 2022

A group working to raise money for restoration of a former Pennsylvania Railroad K4s steam locomotive  said it has exceeded its goal.

Trains magazine reported on its website that the Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society has raised more than $100,000 to be used to construct a new firebox for ex-PRR 4-6-2 No. 1361, which is owned by the Railroaders Memorial Museum and for years was on static display at Horseshoe Curve near Altoona, Pennsylvania after being retired in 1956.

The 1361 is one of just two of the 425 K4s class locomotives built that still survives.

The other survivor is the 3750, which is in the collection of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in Strasburg.

The Altoona museum restored the 1361 to operating condition in the late 1980s but it has not operated since 1988.

The fundraising efforts by the PRRT&HS are part of a larger campaign by the Altoona museum to raise $2.6 million to bring the 1361 back to operating condition.

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EBT No. 16 Fired Up This Week

June 25, 2022

Pennsylvania narrow gauge tourist railroad East Broad Top fired up one of its steam locomotives this past week.

On Wednesday 2-8-2 No. 16 was placed on the roundhouse turntable and operated in steam for the first time since 1956.

However, much work remains to be done before the 16, which never pulled any trains during the first tourist train era on the EBT, is ready to move under its own power.

On the “to do” list is installation of the superheater, throttle, cab and a new boiler jacket.

Additional work remains to be done on the locomotive’s tender as well.

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EBT 2-8-2 No. 16 Getting Closer to Running

June 1, 2022

No operating date has yet been set but East Broad Top 2-8-2 No. 16 is nearing completion of its restoration, Trains magazine reported on its website.

The Baldwin-built Mikado type locomotive is one of six on the roster of the historic Pennsylvania narrow gauge railroad.

An EBT official told Trains that work on the boiler is complete and the locomotive successfully passes a Federal Railroad Administration hydrostatic test.

EBT master mechanic Dave Domitrovitch told Trains the next steps include timing the engine and finishing the air-brake work.

That will be followed by reinstalling the locomotive cab and painting the firebox with heat-resistant stove paint.

The tender for No. 16 has been painted with a flat-black base coat but still needs a finish coat and orange “E.B.T.” lettering to be applied.

EBT began its 2022 operating season on May 6 with diesel motive power pulling trains on Wednesday through Sunday.

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Ky, Colo. Rail Museums Swap Steam Parts

March 9, 2022

A Kentucky railroad museum that is restoring to operating condition a former Chesapeake & Ohio steam locomotive is acquiring parts from a Colorado museum.

Kentucky Steam Heritage Corporation reached an agreement with the Pueblo Railway Foundation, which is sending parts from a former Santa Fe steam locomotive to Kentucky that will be used in the restoration of C&O 2-8-4 No. 2716. That parts are coming from Santa Fe 4-8-4 No. 2912.

The Santa Fe parts being sent to Kentucky include two fully rebuilt cross-compound air compressors.

In return, the Kentucky group is sending to Colorado non-working air pumps from the 2716 that will be used in cosmetic restoration of the 2912.

The swap will save Kentucky Steam from $50,000 to $70,000, the group said.

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W.Va. Steam Locomotive to Get New Boiler

February 11, 2022

Restoration is set to begin on former Buffalo Creek & Gauley 2-8-0 No. 4.

West Virginia tourist railroad Durbin & Greenbrier Valley said it will hire Sisterville Tank Works to build a new boiler for the locomotive.

Once the work is completed No. 4 will run between Cass and Durbin, West Virginia.

The cost of the project has been put at $675,000 with $135,000 already having been raised.

The contractor selected for the work was involved in building a boiler for Cass Scene Railroad’s Heisler No. 6 in the early 2000s.

No. 4 was built by Baldwin in 1926 for the National Railway of Mexico but never delivered.

It last operated for the BC&G in 1965 before going on to operate for tourist railroads in Pennsylvania and Virginia.

The locomotive has been out of service since 2001 by which time it was owned by the North Carolina Transportation Museum. DGVR acquired No. 4 in 2015.

R&N 2102 to Break in on Freight Trains

January 28, 2022

Reading & Northern 4-8-4 No. 2102 is expected to do break-in service hauling freight trains, Trains magazine reported on its website.

The T-1 class steam locomotive is in the final stages of a six-year $1.45 million rebuilding.

R&N CEO Andrew M. Muller Jr. told Trains the 2102 is expected to see freight duty in mid-March.

The Pennsylvania regional railroad earlier had announced plans to offer steam-powered passenger excursions in May, July, August and September.

The 2102 is one of two operational steam locomotives on the R&N motive roster, including 4-6-2 No. 425.

The Trains report indicated that the 2102 is likely to pull coal trains once it begins freight service.

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R&N Sets 4 Excursions for Reading 2102

January 22, 2022

Pennsylvania regional railroad Reading & Northern will begin selling tickets next month for a series of excursions pulled by former Reading Company 4-8-4 No. 2102.

The trips will be dubbed “Iron Horse Rambles” as a nod to the name used by the Reading Lines in the early 1960s for its own steam excursions.

Railfan & Railroad magazine reported on its website on Friday that trips pulled by the 2102 are expected to run from Reading to Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, on May 28, July 2, Aug. 13 and Sept. 3.

Tickets are expected to go on sale on Feb. 15. R&N officials told the magazine that more excursions are expected to be added to the schedule with many of them operating in the fall.

The R&N has been restoring No. 2102 to operating condition in recent years and that work is nearly finished.

The 2102 has not operated for 30 years. It pulled a few excursions on the R&N in the 1980s and early 1990s before being retired in 1991.

As part of the restoration efforts, R&N workers fired up the 2102 in January 2021 for the first time since its retirement.

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C&O Steamer May Visit New England

December 28, 2021

Although dates are not yet set, plans have been announced for a former Chesapeake & Ohio steam locomotive based in Kentucky to visit New England once the locomotive is restored to operating condition.

The Kentucky Steam Heritage Corporation said it is planning to take 2-8-4 No. 2716 to the Railroad Museum of New England where it would operate on the Naugatuck Railroad for several months.

Railfan & Railroad magazine quoted KSHC President Chris Campbell as saying the New England trip is expected to occur sometime in the middle part of the decade.

The story did not say if the two museums have received approval from any railroads to agree to host a ferry move of the 2716 from its home in Ravenna, Kentucky, to New England.

Campbell told the magazine that now that restoration of shop buildings at the museum site in a former CSX yard is well along that the group can turn its attention toward restoration to operating condition of the 2716.

Kentucky Steam officials said they would not be announcing dates for the visit until certain restoration progress points have been reached.

In the meantime, the Kentucky museum is seeking to raise $10,000 to help pay for the restoration.

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C&O 1309 Gets FRA Approval to Operate

November 20, 2021

Former Chesapeake & Ohio 2-6-6-2 No. 1390 has received Federal Railroad Administration approval to operate in revenue service.

Trains magazine reported on its website on Friday that the Baldwin-built steam locomotive will enter a period of testing and break-in operations on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad before it will begin pulling tourist trains on the 17-mile line.

The 1309 is expected to pull some Polar Express trains in December as well as participate in special events during the winter and spring.

Plans are to have the Mallet-type engine pull regular WMSR excursion trains as well.

The 1309 was restored to operating condition by the WMSR in a $3.5 million project after years of static display at the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore.

EBT 16 May Steam This Year

August 22, 2021

East Broad Top Railroad officials won’t say when its first steam locomotive will be restored to operating condition, but indicated it could be this year.

The locomotive, Baldwin-built 2-8-2 No. 16, continues to progress with work completed on its air tanks, dynamo, piping, two air pumps, two Hancock Inspirator injectors, new ceramic insulation, and new boiler jacketing.

Trains magazine reported on its website on Saturday that the tender tank for No. 16 was returned to Curry Rail Services for additional work.

EBT workers are rehabilitating passenger cars at the rate of one car every week or two.

Workers also are seeking to finish rebuilding the track in a quarter-mile section to enable trains to reach Colgate Grove, the traditional northern terminus for trains between 1961 and 2011.

The work includes replacing ties, improving drainage, and clearing brush on an S-curve north of Runk Road Bridge.