reading t-1 2100

from the chrs facebook page
"CRHS RailBQ Special Announcement!
This year at the CRHS RailBQ in Newport, PA, The CRHS is proud to welcome American Steam Railroad Preservation Association President Steve Harvey, who will be giving a brief overview of their recently announced project of returning Reading Railroad T-1 #2100 to operation."

more info here
Since late week, I've been hearing rumors online that #2100 would soon be heading to heading to Cleveland, Ohio.

And judging from the website, it looks like the rumors may be true!

Quoting from the site:

Held in long-term storage in Richland, Washington, railroad preservationists are working to prepare the locomotive for a move to a new home where restoration and rehabilitation work will commence on the locomotive. Initial inspections have identified the 2100 to be in reasonable mechanical condition and suitable for return to service and to its original coal burning capacity.

Qualified steam locomotive consultants and mechanics working on behalf of the American Steam Railroad Preservation Association (ASR) have spent a month in eastern Washington inspecting, servicing, and preparing the famous Reading engine for shipment. The 2100, tender, and auxiliary tender will be transported via flatcar to Cleveland, Ohio.

ASR was formed in 2005 and owns Frisco locomotive No. 1352, presently located in Taylorville, Illinois. Fundraising efforts to perform a similar move of No. 1352 continue.

A formal announcement will be made at and once the consist is inspected and approved for shipment.

Now if they can just reverse that botched job of converting #2100 to burn oil, and put a decent fire (of anthracite coal) in her belly!
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And take off those disgusting ditchlights and put her back in her former Reading glory. Hopefully Andy Muller will think about restoring 2102.
It'd be nice if they all were restored, but at least 2100 is being restored. Hopefully she will be made as authentic as possible.
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Found this pic online of No. 2100 in preparation for the move which I thought was interesting...

Here's an short update on No. 2100...

The American Steam tweeted on May 16th:

"2100 is now in Cleveland Rockport yard. Will most likely be at the roundhouse by Tuesday or Wednesday of this week."

The American Steam Railroad Preservation Association is the 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is in charge of the restoration of Reading No. 2100. The "roundhouse" referred to in the tweet is the old B&O Roundhouse in Cleveland, OH, which is where the Midwest Railway Preservation Society, also a 501(c)(3), is currently operating, and the restoration work on No. 2100 will be performed. Reading 2100 is privately owned by a single individual, and the American Steam Railroad will restore and operate Reading 2100 as part of a favorable long term lease agreement.

American Steam RR is expected to announce more details about its plans for No. 2100 sometime this week.

Photo: NS train #364 going past the Brook Park RTA station into Rockport yard with Reading Railroad T-1 2100, May 16th, 2015.

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Hopefully they'll take back that oil conversion. Put a fire of anthracite in her belly! Make her return to the Reading Rambles! :D

It's official! "In its current form, the engine has an oil-fired boiler, but it will be converted back to coal. That will require the re-installation of a large augur that will automatically feed coal from the tender into the locomotive’s fire box." - Quote from

SHE'S GONNA BE A COAL BURNER! Now lets hope it's Anthracite!
I would love to see it pulling the NS excursion train on ex-Reading rails in eastern PA. If they ran trips from Harrisburg to Reading they would have wyes at both ends. Allentown has a wye, too at the far end of the yard where the roundhouse was but only enough to turn the locomotive. 765 was turned there on the recent trips from Bethlehem to Pittston. Is it roller bearing like 611 or friction bearing like 2102? It would have to be mostly roller in order to run on the main because the class 1's don't like friction bearings anymore.
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Dumb question:

It appears the loco is sitting directly on the top of the multi-bogey flatcar rather on rails attached to the top of the flatcar. Considering the weight of the loco (and yes - axle loading gets involved here) wouldn't that have a tendency to "flatten" the flanges?

Just wondering.

I rode behind a T-1 many years ago (fall of 1964) on one of the Ironhorse Rambles through eastern PA to see the fall colors (rained all day but who cared, lol).