Following is a summary of our October progress on the 2100 and the new baggage car. It was a good month and we are now very close to doing the hydro on the boiler. Read More
It was an intense purposeful day at the roundhouse and the rewards were quite gratifying. The throttle body was still our primary concern and immediate efforts were placed on the throttle rebuild and getting it back together. A more coarse lapping compound was ordered and volunteers spent all day seating in the valves. It wasn’t until after lunch that finer compounds were used to start dressing up the valves. Read More
The work session today was single minded and to the point. Our efforts were put toward lapping in the main throttle valves and putting the throttle back together. All throttle stud threads were chased and cleaned. The copper gaskets were fitted and secured in place to the throttle heads with ultra copper. Work still needs to be done on the lapping process so this task has not been completed. It will continue at the next work session. The throttle linkage was installed on the engine ready for testing. Read More
Saturday proved to be an interesting and challenging day. Preparation began to remove the oil tank from the tender. The steam piping and electric cable was removed from the top of the tank and fittings installed for the salvage company to drain the oil. Read More
The Reading Company once maintained one of the largest railroad shops in the world and employed thousands in eastern Pennsylvania. Remarkably, the Reading shops still stand and have been adapted for other uses, but even more remarkable is this: one of the Company’s massive steam locomotives has survived and is now undergoing restoration.