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.

Railroad Restoring Reading 2102 Helps Sister Project

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Board members of American Steam Railroad stand with the steam crew of the Reading Blue Mountain & Northern, after being presented with a firedoor casting by the steam crew at the Port Clinton, Penn shops last week. The group is standing in front of Reading T-1 2102, which is undergoing restoration.

PORT CLINTON, Penn. – American Steam Railroad, the caretakers of Reading 4-8-4 T-1 locomotive 2100, received a large donation last week from the Reading Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad and its owner Andy Muller. Read More

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!

Doyle McCormack Dinner Date Moved

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Due to the current world health situation, American Steam Railroad is rescheduling our Legends of Steam dinner with Doyle McCormack to Saturday, September 19, at 3:00 p.m. The event will still take place at the Mad River & NKP Museum in Bellevue, Ohio.

The event will continue as planned with guests encouraged to explore the museum, caboose rides, BBQ dinner, and a presentation by Mr. McCormack, followed by an audience Q&A.

Given the state of flux that many guests now or could be personally experiencing in the future, refunds will be granted for previous and new registrations until Friday, September 4, 2020, at midnight.

All are encouraged to register early. This will be an evening filled with unforgettable stories of a man who’s helped restore many steam locomotives and has brought back a classic, streamlined diesel from scrapyard hulk to showroom star, all in a setting that honors his railroading roots.

Please reach out to me if you have any questions via email, All proceeds from the event will help with American Steam Railroad’s restoration projects.

Thank you for your continued support,

Brian Smith

Communications Director

American Steam Railroad Receives Large Donation to Finish Staybolt Project

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A longtime supporter of the American Steam Railroad Preservation Association has helped bring a recent fundraising campaign to a close.

Louis Schillinger, president and CEO of United Shortline Insurance Services Inc., has donated $1,000 to help complete the forging and machining of the 560 new staybolts needed for Reading Company T-1 4-8-4 2100’s firebox.

“I have personally participated in the restoration, retubing, and use of 2100 since 2007. It was my honor to be able to continue my efforts to support the ongoing restoration of this spectacular example of our steam history through ASR,” said Schillinger.

Schillinger has worked with ASR over the past five years by assisting and transferring interest in Reading 2100 to the group, along with providing ASR’s insurance needs.

“Working with Louis has been a real pleasure,” said ASR president Steven Harvey. “It’s been great to work with someone who shares the same goals of restoring such a historic piece of equipment.”

The recent progress of Reading 2100’s restoration has impressed Schillinger.
“The work is being done methodically, professionally, and completely by a dedicated number of volunteers and otherwise committed individuals anxious to see this magnificent locomotive back in productive service.”

The staybolt forging and machining is one of several steps that will bring the engine closer to a hydrostatic test of the boiler. Processes that still need to be done before a test include welding the staybolts in, along with forming and replacing the two arch tubes in the firebox. A new fundraising campaign will soon be announced for these projects.

United Shortline Insurance Services Inc. is based in Port Austin, Michigan, and specializes in railroad liability and property insurance, along with providing inland marine coverage for shortline, regional, scenic, and historical railroads throughout North America.

American Steam Railroad Preservation Association is a non-profit dedicated to preserving experiences from railroading’s golden age by saving historic railway equipment.