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News photos: Another trip with freight cars for Reading & Northern 2102

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T-1 continues rehearsals before the first excursion, scheduled for May 28

Steam locomotive towing hopper wagons

Steam locomotive towing hopper wagons
Reading & Northern 4-8-4 No. 2102 moves north through Zehners, Pennsylvania, with 100 hopper cars during a breakout on Friday, May 20, 2022 (Dan Cooper)

PORT CLINTON, PA – Reading & Northern has gained more mileage for its former T-1 steam locomotive at Reading Co. № 2102 during the short movement of goods on Friday (May 20, 2022), transporting 100 empty coal hoppers to be delivered to an anthracite forwarder near Tamaqua, Pennsylvania. It was a sequel to the April 26 breakout with 50 empty bunkers from North Reading, Pennsylvania, to Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, a prelude to a sold-out May 28 passenger trip on the same route.

№ 2102 joined the train of 100 cars at the R&N headquarters and steam shop in Port Clinton and moved them 20 miles to Tamaqua. There he interrupted as two SD40-2s pulled the train north and pushed it east on the former Lehigh & New England Railroad to LNE’s Arlington Yard to be spotted for loading. In the first tender, № 2102 then returned to Port Clinton, retrieving 50 bunkers loaded with anthracite and delivered to Norfolk Southern in North Reading.

Steam locomotive and hopper cars observed from the whole field, passing by the barn
№ 2102 and its hopper train pass Millers Crossing, north of Molino, Pennsylvania, on Friday. (Dan Cooper)

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