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.

June 2020 Restoration Update

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American Steam Railroad volunteer Steve Harvey takes your questions in this video, along with updating you on the progress of Reading 2100. Highlights include:
  • Removal of the reflective tape on the running board skirting.
  • Metal brackets in the tender that held in the fuel oil tank were removed, and surfaces cleaned.
  • The steel floor of the cab was removed, so a new one can be fabricated.
  • Thanks to your support, the fundraising campaign for the staybolts was a success! Volunteers are now cutting bar stock and drilling telltale holes, before the forging and machining process of these important boiler components.
    We are now starting a new fundraising campaign for the welding of the staybolts. For just $9 you can put one staybolt in the firebox, and bring us even closer to performing a hydro test on the boiler. Click here to sponsor one today!

January 2020 Restoration Update

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– Removal of the brake stand and other items attached to the cab floor. This is the first step in creating a new floor that will allow the stoker auger to be linked through the firebox door.
-The continued removal of the tender brackets that are no longer needed.
-The stoker auger U-bolts were removed.
-Work continued on the stoker trough auger.

December 2019 Restoration Update

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American Steam Railroad’s Forrest Nace explains all the work done in our latest video update. Highlights include:

– Tours given during the holiday open houses at the Midwest Railway Preservation Society.

– The stoker trough auger continued to receive work.

– The bolts holding the smoke box doors were loosened to help with the internal inspection of the area.