About the Locomotive -
The T-1 is a truly unique class of locomotive, of which only 30 were ever built. The T-1 was built by the Reading Company Shops in Reading Pennsylvania by rebuilding older Baldwin 2-8-0 locomotives. As part of the rebuilding process the locomotives received an unusually long 111" smokebox. The T-1's were built between 1945 and 1947.
The 30 T-1 locomotives were numbered 2100-2129. Today, 4 of the T-1's remain.
In addition to the #2102, the other three surviving Reading T-1's are -
2100 - Leased to American Steam Railroad Preservation Association, currently under restoration to operating condition in Cleveland OH.
2101 - On Display at the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore MD as American Freedom Train #1.
2124 - On Display at Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton PA.
About the Restoration -
The Tender was split from the locomotive on January 7, 2016. The Cab along with all jacketing, piping,
super heater units, tubes and flues will be removed. The locomotive will be disassembled far enough to perform complete ultrasonic testing and inspection. The locomotive is anticipated to return to service in mid-2017.
The Steam Locomotive is housed in the Port Clinton Shops on the former Reading Mainline.
About the Railroad -
Reading Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad owns more than 300 miles of track along with operational steam locomotive #425 (a 1928 Baldwin Built 4-6-2 Pacific) and over 35 Diesel Locomotives. In addition to special passenger excursion service on the RBMN, Sister Railroad "Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway" also operates popular tourist trains usually departing from Jim Thorpe, PA.
For a link to the official press release and photos of locomotive #2102 visit the TrainChasers.com Facebook page by clicking HERE.
Visit the Reading Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad website at - www.RBMNRR.com
Visit the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway website at - www.LGSRY.com