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May 2021 Update

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With your help, we’re delighted to say that last month we passed a significant milestone with the restoration of Reading 2100. Thanks to your donations, over 550 staybolts were welded into the firebox of the locomotive. In this video update, Jason Johnson of Gemini Industrial Machine explains the welding process.

Other work done by volunteers in the past 30 days includes:

  • The ultrasound survey of the boiler is near completion. Areas that are very tight to get into, such as by the frame and around spring rigging, will be done when the locomotive is raised up to help replace staybolt sleeves around the combustion chamber.
  • In preparation for the welding in of the staybolts, volunteers did a final cleaning of the firebox’s interior side sheets along with a final polish of the staybolts themselves. Tools were created that aided the welding process. Caps with bolts in them helped press the staybolts against the outer firebox sleeves, along with shims to hold and align the staybolts in place on the inside sheet, were created to help aid the welders.
  • The process to remove staybolt sleeves that our boiler contractor marked has also begun around the combustion chamber of the firebox.

Fire Up 2100! Year in Review: 2020

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   This year has been full of challenges and is one like no other we’ve experienced in a long time. For American Steam Railroad, it was one where you, the supporters, have shown through these difficult times. In the past 12 months, volunteers have given over 1,800 hours to help with the restoration of Reading Company 4-8-4 2100, along with donors contributing in record numbers. With each passing work session, the locomotive is moving closer to steaming up. Here is a list of the highlighted work done this past year:

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September 2020 Restoration Update

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Here is the mid-month update on what’s been accomplished by American Steam Railroad volunteers.

  • The forging and machining of the 560 staybolts has been completed by our great volunteers, who have given many hours and days to this project. The next process is to sand blast all of them to remove mill scale so they can be welded into the firebox. 
  • The water shut off valves from the tender to the locomotive have been inspected. The valve on the engineer’s side had a bent rod, which volunteers are fixing, along with replacing the filter screens that help keep sediment from flowing out of the tender and into the boiler. 
  • An inspection was made of the interior water space of the tender. We found that the baffles and walls to be in good shape. The floor has an accumulation of sediment that will need to be cleaned during a future work session. 
  • Currently $1,654 has been raised for the welding in of the staybolts. Only $2,873 is needed before we can have boiler contractors strike an arc and start the process. Click here to sponsor one today and you’ll get a shutout in our next monthly video update. 
  • Various items were taken out of long term storage including the tender doors, grate shaker bars and mounts, lubricator lines for the stoker, a dead weight gauge tester, along with other various items. 
  • A light oil was applied to the grease cellar parts to help prevent rust, along with grease reapplied to the main driving axles. 
  • The feed water pipe from the tender was brazed to fix freeze damage. 

Fire Up 2100 Mid August Update

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Here is the mid-month update on what’s been accomplished by American Steam Railroad volunteers.

  • The forging and machining of the 560 staybolts has been completed by our great volunteers, who have given many hours and days to this project. All the telltale holes have been drilled in the center of the staybolts, the next process is to sand blast all of them to remove mill scale so they can be welded into the firebox. 
  • Currently $1,357 has been raised for the welding in of the staybolts. Only $3,170 is needed before we can have boiler contractors strike an arc and start the process. Click here to sponsor one today and you’ll get a shutout in our next monthly video update. 
  • Various items were taken out of long term storage including the tender doors, grate shaker bars and mounts, lubricator lines for the stoker, a dead weight gauge tester, along with other various items. 
  • A light oil was applied to the grease cellar parts to help prevent rust, along with grease reapplied to the main driving axles. 
  • The feed water pipe from the tender was brazed to fix freeze damage. 

Black Diamond Birthday T-Shirt Contest

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Calling all artists! We’re celebrating 2100’s 75th birthday this year in grand style. To mark her Black Diamond Birthday this September, we’re holding a t-shirt design contest to commemorate this special occasion. The winner of the contest will get $100, a one-year membership to American Steam Railroad, and a shirt featuring the winning design! The winning design will also be sold in our online gift store and will help with the restoration efforts of ASR. Read More

Doyle McCormack Dinner Postponed

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We regret to inform you that the Legends of Steam dinner with Doyle McCormack on Sept. 19 has been canceled for this year. Those holding tickets have already been notified of the cancelation.

After much discussion with the Mad River & NKP Museum, and reviewing protocols by local and state health departments, both organizations have agreed that it’s in the best interests of our guests and volunteers to postpone the event until 2021, on a date yet to be determined.

We’re grateful for everyone’s support during this time, and offer our best wishes for good health to every one of you.