Jim Wrinn of TRAINS Magazine recently penned this piece on Reading 2100:
The outfit leasing the engine and doing the work, the American Steam Railroad Preservation Association Inc., is looking for $700,000 in donations. That’s cheap when it comes to big 4-8-4s. If, say half of Trains’ 93,000 readers each kicked in $20, there would be $100,000 leftover after the restoration to buy a few gons full of anthracite coal to light her off. The association says the work will go fast – maybe we’ll see No. 2100 in steam as early as 2017, maybe earlier if money flows as fast as a stand pipe filling a 19,000-gallon tank. Isn’t a live Reading T-1 enough to get excited about?
Steam brings out passion in its admirers. It inspires and delights. It stirs the soul. But get out your wallet first before you start advocating for a second locomotive. Get satisfaction from what is before you. Let’s not get the tender in front of the engine.
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