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Photo ID: 691144

Reading’s big, home-built T-1 4-8-4s never looked so festive hauling Pennsylvania coal. But in 1977, steam entrepreneur Ross Rowland has decorated the 2101 in vermilion, yellow and blue for a summ... (more)

Railroad: Chessie System
Locomotive: Steam 4-8-4
Location: Shenandoah Junction, West Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: RDG 2101
Train ID: Chessie Special
Photo Date: May 08, 1977


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By: Bill Marvel

Added: Mar 18, 2019

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Photo ID: 640542

The first movement of the Chessie Steam Special, a ferry move to Philadelphia and Baltimore, has come to a halt in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. If I recall correctly, the 2101 had an overheated ... (more)

Railroad: Reading
Locomotive: Steam 4-8-4
Location: Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA
Locomotive #: RDG 2101
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: April 23, 1977


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By: Doug Lilly

Added: Dec 09, 2017

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Photo ID: 640514

The Chessie Steam Special makes its preinaugural ferry move south along the former Reading North Penn Branch. Here 4-8-4 2101 emerges from the south portal of the Perkasie tunnel.

Railroad: Reading
Locomotive: Steam 4-8-4
Location: Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA
Locomotive #: RDG 2101
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: April 23, 1977


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By: Doug Lilly

Added: Dec 09, 2017

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Photo ID: 640455

The Genesis of the Chessie Steam Special

Although it won’t commence paid excursions for another two weeks, the locomotive and six cars of the Chessie Steam Special ar... (more)

Railroad: Reading
Locomotive: Steam 4-8-4
Location: Hellertown, Pennsylvania, USA
Locomotive #: RDG 2101
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: April 23, 1977


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By: Doug Lilly

Added: Dec 09, 2017

Views: 1,418
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Photo ID: 640419

Ready to Go

Former Reading T-1 4-8-4 2101 has completed its metamorphosis from American Freedom Train 1 to Chessie System 2101. Here it leaves the former Reading Company Saucon rou... (more)

Railroad: Reading
Locomotive: Steam 4-8-4
Location: Hellertown, Pennsylvania, USA
Locomotive #: RDG 2101
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: April 23, 1977


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By: Doug Lilly

Added: Dec 08, 2017

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Photo ID: 607096

Emerging from hibernation after its duties as one of the stars of the American Freedom Train, Reading T-1 2101 is taking its first steps as Chessie Steam Special 2101. The changeover... (more)

Railroad: Chessie System
Locomotive: Steam 4-8-4
Location: Hellertown, Pennsylvania, USA
Locomotive #: RDG 2101
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: April 22, 1977


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By: Doug Lilly

Added: Feb 18, 2017

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Photo ID: 569093

"The American Freedom Train Eagle"

RDG #2101 toured the eastern portion of the United States as the "American Freedom Train" between April 1, 1975 to September 1976. ... (more)

Railroad: American Freedom Train
Locomotive: Steam 4-8-4
Location: Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Locomotive #: RDG 2101
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: February 28, 2016


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By: Mitch Goldman

Added: Mar 11, 2016

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Photo ID: 569075

"READING ALIBI"
FROM WWW.BORAIL.ORG In 1923, the Baldwin Locomotive Works built a class I-10a for the Reading Railroad. Originally numbered No. 2101, the locomotive had an oversized Wo... (more)

Railroad: Reading
Locomotive: Steam 4-8-4
Location: Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Locomotive #: RDG 2101
Train ID: NA
Photo Date: February, 2016


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By: Jon Wright

Added: Mar 10, 2016

Views: 2,181
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Photo ID: 568904

RDG #2101: "The American Freedom Train"
An amazing read - trust me!

The Baldwin Locomotive Works built a class I-10a for the Reading Railroad in 1921. Orig... (more)

Railroad: American Freedom Train
Locomotive: Steam 4-8-4
Location: Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Locomotive #: RDG 2101
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: February 28, 2016


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By: Mitch Goldman

Added: Mar 09, 2016

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Photo ID: 562919

Dressed for the Chessie, former Reading T-1 2101 hauls the Chessie Steam Special east out of Chesterton on a round-trip from Chicago to Hartford, MI to help celebrate the Sesquicentennial of the f... (more)

Railroad: Chessie System
Locomotive: Steam 4-8-4
Location: Chesterton, Indiana, USA
Locomotive #: RDG 2101
Train ID: Chessie Steam Special
Photo Date: July 31, 1977


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By: John Dziobko www.godfatherrails.com

Added: Jan 22, 2016

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Photo ID: 562918

Dressed for the Chessie, former Reading T-1 2101 hauls the Chessie Steam Special past the tower at Porter on the return trip to Chicago from Hartford, MI to help celebrate the Sesquicentennial of ... (more)

Railroad: Chessie System
Locomotive: Steam 4-8-4
Location: Porter, Indiana, USA
Locomotive #: RDG 2101
Train ID: Chessie Steam Special
Photo Date: July 31, 1977


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By: John Dziobko www.godfatherrails.com

Added: Jan 22, 2016

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Photo ID: 562916

Dressed for the Chessie, former Reading T-1 2101 hauls the Chessie Steam Special over the famous Thomas Viaduct to help celebrate the Sesquicentennial of the first railroad in America, the B&O.

Railroad: Chessie System
Locomotive: Steam 4-8-4
Location: Relay, Maryland, USA
Locomotive #: RDG 2101
Train ID: Chessie Steam Special
Photo Date: May, 1977


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By: John Dziobko www.godfatherrails.com

Added: Jan 22, 2016

Views: 3,558
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Photo ID: 515785

A study in running gear.

Railroad: Reading
Locomotive: Steam 4-8-4
Location: Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Locomotive #: RDG 2101
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: October 16, 2010


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By: Dennis A. Livesey

Added: Jan 23, 2015

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Photo ID: 448762

Nobody noticed the kids illegally parked on the signal at right.

Railroad: Chessie System
Locomotive: Steam 4-8-4
Location: Brighton, Michigan, USA
Locomotive #: RDG 2101
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: July, 1978


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By: Bob Edmonson

Added: Aug 25, 2013

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Photo ID: 426456

Friends and fans lined about every grade crossing on the train's way to Saginaw.

Railroad: Chesapeake & Ohio
Locomotive: Steam 4-8-4
Location: Fenton, Michigan, USA
Locomotive #: RDG 2101
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: July 30, 1978


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By: Bob Edmonson

Added: Feb 25, 2013

Views: 2,034
Comments: 3

Favorited: 10
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