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A Study Of . . . Railroad Engines / Reading Railroad #2102; pic 11

pic 11: reading rr #2102

Full caption reads:  It was during the post-war years of 1945-47 that the Reading Co placed thirty of these 4-8-4 Northern-type steam locomotives in service. A middle-weight 4-8-4 at over 20 tons engine weight, these locomotives were rebuilt and stretched from 76 foot class 1-10 Consolidations to 110 foot Northerns. The T-1 has 70 inch drivers, a boiler pressure of 240 pounds and a total tractive effort, with booster cut in, of 79,100 pounds. The tender holds 26 tons of coal and 19,000 gallons of water. No. 2102 participated in the original Reading Co Iron Horse Rambles in the early 1960's, along with No. 2100. No. 2102 also had the distinction of being the star steam motive power for the Delaware & Hudson's Sesquicentennial in 1973, as No. 302. In Sep 1985, the Reading Co Technical & Historical Society operated a series of four Rambles with 2102. Here, the T-1 is seen at the former Reading Co shops in Reading PA on Sep 21, 1985. It should also be noted that in 1945, the year the first T-1, No 2100, was placed in service, the Reading Shops celebrated its 100th anniversary of locomotice building. More than 600 new locomotives were erected here and many others rebuilt, including the thirty T-1's and 220 ton 2-10-2's.  (Photo by Frank Ferguson)

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