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Reading Company T-1 2102


A chronological history of 2102

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  • 1923 (un) - Built by Baldwin as I-10 2-8-0 #2022
  • 1945 (fall) - Rebuilt at Reading Shops as T-1 4-8-4 #2102
  • 1956 (un) - Stored by Reading Company after full Dieselization.
  • 1960 (fall) - Used to provide steam for Carpenter Steel Co., which had suffered a fire, knocking out it's steam generator.
  • 1962, April 29th - Re-entered service on the "Iron Horse Rambles."
  • 1964, October 17th - Last Ramble, with 2102 and 2100 doubleheaded.
  • 1965, January 31 - Sold by Reading Co., along with T-1s 2100 & 2101, and 0-6-0 1251. 2102 was sold to Steam Tours, Inc. of Akron, OH. Bill Benson was the head of that group.
  • 1968 (un) - Ran excursion on Grand Trunk Western. Minor derailment damaged Hennessey oil lubricators on #2 driver axle, subsequently converted to greas block lubrication. Sat idle for three years.
  • April 1971 Akron, Canton & Youngstown trips were run.
  • 1971 (May and fall) - Ran along the Greenbrier River from Ronceverte to Cass, WV, as a novel way of getting tourists to the remote Cass Scenic Railway. Trips were still under Steam Tours ownership.
  • April 1971 Akron, Canton & Youngstown trips were run.
  • 1972, February 26 & 27 - Elizabethport to Bethlehem & return on CNJ, sponsored by Ross Rowland's High Iron Co., loco leased from Steam Tours.
  • 1972, Feb 5 & 6 - Baltimore to Hagerstown trips on Western Maryland (with WM Alco FA helpers), Steam Tours & Chesapeake Div. RRE sponsored.
  • 1972, May (Memorial day weekend) - Elizabethport to Washington DC "Royal Blue" over CNJ-RDG-B&O route, HICO or NY Div. Railroad Enthusiasts sponsored.
  • 1972 (un) - Recreated an Iron Horse Ramble from Reading to Harrisburg on ex-Reading track, sponsored by The High Iron Co.
  • 1973, April - Leased to Delaware & Hudson as part of it's 150th birthday. Dressed as D&H 302 with Elephant ears, recessed headlight, and number boards, doubleheaded with Steamwotn CPR 1278 (as D&H 653.
  • 1973, May 26 & 27 - "D&H 302" Hoboken-Binghamton RT over EL, HICO-sponsored.
  • 1973, (fall) - 2102 on Steam Tours-sponsored trips over Pittsburg & Shawmut in PA.
  • 1974 (un) - Sold to Ohio tourist group, Allegheny Railroad. Didn't run for 3 years during overhaul.
  • 1976 (un) - Doubleheader around HorseShoe Curve on CR, with GTW 2-8-2 4070.
  • 1977 (un) - Ran excursions in Ohio and Western Pennsylvania over Conrail. Was overhauled again by volunteers at Monongahela Railway Shop in Brownsville Pa.
  • 1983, September 22 - Fired up for filming of "Maria's Lovers" on the Monongahela main line, south of Pittsburgh.
  • 1985, August 24 - On a ferry move, 2102 was last live steam locomotive to pass K-4 1361 on the Horseshoe curve.
  • 1985, September - Brought back to Reading by The Reading Company Technical & Historical Society to run excursions celebrating the 40th anniversary of the T-1 debut. (T-1 2100 was outshopped Sept 6, 1945.) While 2102 was in Reading, Andrew Muller, Owner of the Blue Mountain and Reading Railroad, made the financially distressed owners and offer they couldn't refuse, and purchased 2102.
  • 1986+ - Ran excursions on BM&R, Reading Blue Mountain & Northern, as well as Conrail. Taken out of service (early 1990s) in need of overhaul.
  • 1995, September 25 - Moves to Steamtown NHS. Muller made a deal to use their facilities in exchange for their using his engines to run excursions when they are operable.
  • 1997 (fall) - 2102 Moved to working stall in Steamtown's Roundhouse.
  • 1998 (January) - All jacketing, shielding, and ornamentation removed from boiler, handles and gauges removed from cab.
  • 1998, June 26 - 2102 is reassembled and towed from Steamtown to Port Clinton for display at RBM&N open house.
  • 1999 (March) - 2102 is stored along with 425 at RBM&N steam shed, Port Clinton. RBM&N reports no plans to operate 2102 or 425 in 2000.


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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