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Chasing Trains - Big and Little

The July issue of TRAINS  has an article titled " 2100 COMES EAST ".

This is another steam restoration story. Reading Co. 4-8-4 #2100 is being returned from the west coast, on a 16 wheel flatcar, to Cleveland where it will be restored to operation along with former Grand Trunk 2-8-2 # 4070 and a St. Louis-San Francisco  2-8-2 # 1352.

The 2100, first of thirty T1s was built in the Reading RR shops in 1945 using components from older locomotives. Four of the original 30 survive today.
The writer photographed a T-1 heading a fast freight at the Valley Forge station in the early 1950's. Our son and I also rode behind the 2100 doubleheaded with 4070 on a fan trip from Wilkinsburg to Altoona and back in the late 1970's. On the return trip the 4070 broke an eccentric rod while climbing the Horseshoe Curve. causing our arrival back home to be 7 hours late.

                                                                                                     30 .,