Rebuilt steam locomotive, ready for May 28 trips – Times News Online

Published on April 16, 2022 at 07:23

The Reading & Northern Railroad announces that steam locomotive No. 2102 has successfully completed its first trials after its extensive five-year rebuild.

The locomotive made a homecoming on April 6, stopping briefly at Reading Outer Station as hundreds looked on.

He also visited Tamaqua on April 7 and 8, and Nesquehoning and Jim Thorpe on April 8.

Locomotive 2102 is a Class T-1 steam locomotive built by the Reading Company in its own Reading Shops in 1945. The locomotive has been out of service since October 1991 and has undergone a complete restoration over the course of five years for a total cost of over $2.4 million.

After the reassembly of the locomotive was completed, Andy Muller Jr., owner and CEO of Reading and Northern Railroad, lit the fire on April 4. 2102 departed the Port Clinton Steam Shop around 10 a.m. on April 6 bound for Outer Station.

While in Reading, the team took the opportunity to weigh the locomotive on the company’s scale at North Reading Yard. On the return trip to Port Clinton, Muller was on the throttle.

“The engine ran amazing. It will bring joy to a lot of people, including my family,” Muller said. The Steam Crew continued to test and make adjustments as needed throughout the week in preparation for 2102’s first Iron Horse Rambles excursion on May 28. These train journeys will run from Reading Outer Station to Jim Thorpe, and back.

There is still availability to ride behind the mighty T-1. Tickets can be purchased at www.rbmnrr-passenger.com/rambles or by calling 610-562-2102.

The 2102 has been tested and is ready for scheduled runs. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Jose P. Rogers