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2100's new, um, paint job. Photo by Charles E. Beckett, taken at 1:40pm, December 21, 1999. (Used with permission)

Reading Company T-1 2100


A chronological history of 2100

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  • 1923 (un) - Built by Baldwin as I-10 2-8-0 #2020
  • 1945 September 6th - Rebuilt at Reading Shops as T-1 4-8-4 #2100
  • 1956 (un) - Stored by Reading Company after full Dieselization.
  • 1959 (summer) Pulled first "Iron Horse Rambles."
  • 1964 (un) - Last Ramble.
  • 1965, January 31 - Sold by Reading Co., along with T-1s 2101 & 2102, and 0-6-0 1251.
  • mid 70s - Purchased for parts to restore 2101, stored in Hagarstown, MD
  • 1988 (un) - aquired by Richard Kughn (then owner of Lionel Trains) and overhauled for mainline use. At this time, Lionel produced a scale model of 2100. No railroad could be found to run the engine, and the locomotive was donated to the Portage Ohio Regional Transportation Authority and stored at the Ohio Central Railroad.
  • 1998 January 16th - 2100 auctioned off. The highest bidder: Tom Payne, owner of the Central Western Railway, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
  • 1998 June 21th - 2100 moves to Michigan Central Railroad shops, at the Elgin County Railway Museum, St. Thomas, Ontario.
  • 1998 July - Tom Payne moves his private car to the museum to stay with 2100. He will oversee 2100's converion to burn oil.


T-1 Specifications

  • LENGTH 110'6"
  • DRIVING WHEEL DIAMETER 70"
  • WEIGHT ON DRIVERS 278,200 lbs.
  • TOTAL ENGINE WEIGHT 441,300 lbs.
  • TOTAL WEIGHT IN WORKING ORDER, ENGINE and TENDER 809,000 lbs.
  • GRATE AREA 94.5 sq.ft.
  • CYLINDERS(2) 27in. Dia. 32 in. Stroke
  • CYLINDER HORSEPOWER 3,147
  • BOILER PRESSURE 240 P.S.I. MAX.
  • TRACTIVE EFFORT: LOCOMOTIVE 68,000 lbs. w/ BOOSTER 79,100 lbs.
  • TENDER CAPACITY: 19,000 Gallons Water 26 Tons Coal



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