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PHOTOS: Heat Up The Hog

Posted by kp5308 on Mon Jan 11 21:19:50 2021

On Sunday Reading and Northern "T-Hog" #2102 got a fire going in the firebox 5 years and 1 day after the restoration on the ex-RDG 4-8-4 began. Much work remains but alot has been done to get to this point. Hard to believe the genesis of this was a 2-8-0:
RBMN 2102

The 27x32 cylinders are about halfway done and the Walschaert valve gear has been inspected, repaired as needed and cleaned but not installed. The trough and pipe in front of the smokebox is the Worthington SA open type feedwater heater:
RBMN 2102

The 70" Boxpok drivers had all new or remanufactured parts (including driver tires) done by Strasburg forces. Note the fully rebuilt reverser complete with linkage and fully rehabbed mounting brackets & hardware:
RBMN 2102

Rebuilt Delta trailing truck is ready for paint:
RBMN 2102

The booster machinery is pretty much inaccessible for work by the RBMN but an attempt will be made to operate it:
RBMN 2102

Roughly the bottom half of the firebox was replaced with new steel. I don't know the specifics of what was done but I do know that this was the biggest mess on the engine. IIRC the last trip for #2102 was in 1991 because the of the firebox deterioration. Also IIRC the engine ran out of flue time in 1995 but was out of service years before that:
RBMN 2102

Yes Slim, it is warming up:
Slim & RBMN 2102

The guy wearing the black cap personally owns the locomotive. Andy Muller Jr. bought the engine in 1986 from Rails Diversified for $60,000 in fully working order when it was still in Reading PA after running 4 "Rambles" sponsored by the Reading Company Technical & Historical Society. I wonder if the Reading & Northern is billing him:
The owner has the black cap on

The lit headlight made for some nostalgic shots of the T1 "look". Lots of parts are missing but how friggin' great does this look:
RBMN 2102


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