RailPictures.Net Photo: RBMN 2102 Reading & Northern Steam 4-8-4 at West Penn, Pennsylvania by Bob Kise
 
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» River Road crossing 
» West Penn, Pennsylvania, USA (more..)
» April 26, 2022
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Reading T-1 No. 2102 is back in steam after 30+ years, with a test train of 50 empty hoppers, running between Reading and Jim Thorpe. The train is headed upgrade along the Reading's Little Schuylkill Branch. The Reading saved $75,000 on each T-1 by "kitbashing" them (with Baldwin's help) from drag-era 2-8-0s instead of buying new. That's $1,171,450 in today's money- quite a savings per engine. They also reused the I-10sa 2-8-0's 61-1/2" drivers to upgrade some older I-9sb 2-8-0s that had 55" drivers, in another frugal but prudent rebuild program. The Reading's shops in Reading were first-rate, without a doubt, and the 2102's current owners are carrying on the tradition.
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