RailPictures.Net Photo: RBMN 2102 Reading & Northern Steam 4-8-4 at Port Clinton, Pennsylvania by Kevin Madore
 
  Login Sign Up 


Photo Location Map Locomotive Details Location/Date of Photo


View Larger Map
Reading & Northern (more..)
Steam 4-8-4 (more..)
Port Clinton Engine House (MM 78.0) (more..)
Port Clinton, Pennsylvania, USA (more..)
February 14, 2016
Locomotive No./Train ID Photographer
RBMN 2102 (more..)
None (more..)
Kevin Madore (more..)
Contact Photographer Photographer Profile 
Remarks & Notes 
Former Reading T-1 #2102 at Port Clinton. The big Northern seen here undergoing disassembly in the Port Clinton Engine House is none other than former Reading Company T-1 #2102. Originally built in 1923 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works as a big 2-8-0, this engine, and some 29 others were completely rebuilt by the Reading Company Shops in the mid-1940s as 4-8-4 Northerns. Weighing in at about 200 tons, and boasting 68,000 lbs ot tractive effort, the redesigned T-1s were used almost exclusively as heavy freight hogs on mixed freights and coal trains. For 10 years, they operated all over the Reading System and also on the Western Maryland. Retired in 1957, a small number of these engines survived to be used in excursion service in the late 1950s and early 60s. Four T-1s survive today at museums and tourist railroads. This particular one, the 2102, is owned by the Reading, Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad Company and was used in the late 1980s and early 90s in excursion service there. Out of service now for about a quarter century, the 2102 has been stored in the Port Clinton Engine House, awaiting her next assignment. Over the past few years, she has been pulled out periodically, mainly for special events.

In January of 2016, Reading & Northern owner Andrew Muller gave his shop crews an assignment to strip the locomotive down and evaluate her for a possible operating restoration. This process has begun as you can see here. The cab and tender are off, the boiler jacket has been removed and the superheaters are out. Next, the tubes will come out and the boiler shell will be stripped, cleaned and surveyed with ultrasound. Only then will the true condition of the engine be known, and only then can a full scope of work be developed. Perhaps some day in the next few years, this great beast will once again polish the rails in the Keystone State. Photo taken with permission and under the supervision of employees of the Reading, Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad Company.

Community Response Photo Comments (3) 
Views: 8,962     Favorited: 20
Since added on March 02, 2016

+ Add to Favorites

+ Nominate for People's Choice

+ Subscribe

+ Add to Photo Album

+ Post a Photo Comment
 
* Views on this page updated in real-time.

 User Photo Albums Containing this Photo (6)+ Add to Album
Reading and Northern

Album created by member Wayne Wanzor
Album Views: 2,472
Originally organized in the 1980's, the R&N is now one of the most active regional railroads in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Regular home of several steam locomotives, including #425 and CNJ #113
Unseen Aspects

Album created by member ckeefer58
Album Views: 827,499
Pictures of things often unseen in the world of railroading. Interesting equipment, operations, and people that help the railroad go around.
Backshop

Album created by member ollie
Album Views: 37,784
In for repairs
Reading Blue Mountain & Northern

Album created by member ollie
Album Views: 42,173
The Road of Anthracite
Interiors

Album created by member Nathan Richters
Album Views: 102,851
Various interiors - buildings, trains, etc.
"Steampunk"

Album created by member Nathan Richters
Album Views: 169,473
Gears; machinery; steam mixed with modern technology; and more.
Add to Photo Album or Get Your Own Photo Album


EXIF Data for this photo: [What's this?]

This image contains EXIF headers - Click Here to show the data.



Photo Copyright 2016 Kevin Madore. All Rights Reserved. Photo Usage Policy
This website Copyright © 2002-2020. All Rights Reserved.
Do Not Sell My Personal Information