Ferroequus 2100

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  1. interurban

    interurban Active Member

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    I got an e mail from Diesel John concerning this engine, it was passing through the Toronto yards, so John took these shots.
    Below is a bit of History for you. :cool:

    It was dispatched from the yards today .
    I wonder where she is headed , any one know?





    Ferroequus 2100

    Ferroequus 2100 has been a guest of the Elgin County Railway Museum since June of 1998. The mammoth 4-8-4 steam locomotive was originally built for the Reading Railroad by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1923 with a 2-8-0 wheel arrangement. In 1945 Reading had a need for larger, more powerful locomotives to pull their heavy coal trains of Pennsylvania, so 2100 (originally numbered 2020) and twenty-nine sister locomotives were rebuilt by the Railroad into T-1 class, 4-8-4's.

    After being retired from a excursion service in the early 1960's, 2100 saw two or three owners over the next 20 years, including a scrap yard. In 1988 a group headed by Richard Kughn of Lionel Trains spent over $1,000,000 to rebuild the locomotive. However, with no railroad willing to accommodate a locomotive that large, 2100 was donated to the Portage Ohio Regional Transportation Authority and stored at the Ohio Central Railroad until 1998 when it was purchased by Thomas Payne Holdings of Edmonton. After a few short negotiations, Tom Payne had his locomotive moved here to the Elgin County Railway Museum in St. Thomas to be converted to burn oil as well as a number of other modifications to bring the engine up to modern and Canadian standards.

    Permanent plans for Ferroequus 2100 have still not been finalized, but we are very pleased to have the Ferroequus (Latin for "Iron Horse") Railway as a major attraction.

    For more information about the Reading T-1's be sure to visit Brian Wowak's website "Images of Railroading".

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  2. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Cool shots Chris.

    With any luck she is on her way to somewhere for a refit as per the info you gave. Maybe we'll see here on the main line sometime soon. Do you know if she was eastbound or westbound from Toronto?

    Andrew
  3. galt904

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    I believe it's headed to Oregon. One of the guys on one of the Yahoo lists had a set of pictures of the cranes loading it onto the flatcars.

    Interesting to note that it arrived in St Thomas on CN, but is going out west by CP. I think the owner had some big fallings out with CN.
  4. interurban

    interurban Active Member

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    You are right chad, it`s on it`s way to the US of A :wave:
  5. galt904

    galt904 Member

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    I'll correct myself. It's headed to Washington, not Oregon.
  6. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

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    This was mentioned in Trains.com newswire. They're shipping it to Vancouver and plan to unload and reassemble it there and then steam it to the States.
  7. interurban

    interurban Active Member

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    Hi Bill3779.
    That is good news.
    Looking forward to your pictures.
    Thanks a bunch for the update.:thumb:
  8. NP 1364

    NP 1364 New Member

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    Update 2100

    TPHX 2100 has finnished a retube at CEECO in Tacoma.WA and will start passenger trips with 4 former C&NW bi-levels and X-Amtrk F 40 PH on the old Tacoma Eastern aka Milwaukee road tackage to Elbe,Morton and Centraila Wa. But will work over the hill to Fredrickson and back the last weekend of July

    Photos and more info can be found at www.gprr.comtrain97

    Golden Pacific Railroad also has a X Milw E9 36A repainted in Milw/UP gray and yellow
  9. interurban

    interurban Active Member

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    Great NP1364,

    I have taken an excerpt from that link:thumb:

    The Reading 2100 is a "Reading T-1" class, with a wheel configuration of "4-8-4" (4 wheel pony truck, 8 driving wheels, 4 wheel trailing truck). It is classified as a "Northern Type" steam locomotive and has a main tender and one auxiliary tender.


    The 2100 was built in 1945 by the Reading Railroad and was used in freight service from 1945 to the mid 1950's, when it was taken out of service. In 1959 the Reading 2100 was placed back in service, to be used in the Reading Railroad's "Iron Horse Rambles" excursion program, until 1964. At that time, the 2100 was officially retired by the Reading Railroad and was sold to a scrap firm in Baltimore, Maryland. The 2100 and several other steam locomotives were stored there until 1975, when the 2100 was purchased by several private investors. In 1988, rebuild efforts began anew.


    From 1988 to 1998, the 2100 was operated several times and was based at several locations on the East Coast. In 1998, it was sold to Ferroequus Railway Company, Limited and was moved to St. Thomas, Ontario Canada.


    In 1999, the Reading 2100 was completely rebuilt in order to meet and exceed the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) specifications for steam locomotives. During this time, the Reading 2100 was also converted from a coal burning to an oil burning locomotive.


    The locomotive was re-certified in October, 2002 for mainline operation, after installation of the latest federally-mandated safety equipment.


    In the Fall of 2005, the Reading 2100 was prepared for shipment from St. Thomas, Ontario to Tacoma, Washington. The locomotive and tender were placed on two heavy duty flat cars, which were designed for heavy, concentrated loads, such as the 2100. On November 14th, 2005 the Reading 2100 and it's tender arrived in Tacoma, Washington. Reassembly and final testing began shortly thereafter.



    ~ Reading 2100 Specifications ~

    TOTAL WEIGHT OF LOCOMOTIVE 447,300 LBS.
    BOOSTER STARTING EFFORT 11,100 LBS.
    WEIGHT ON DRIVERS 278,200 LBS.
    FACTOR OF ADHEASION 4.00
    HEATING SURFACE TUBES 2" 3,050 SQ. FT.
    HEATING SURFACE TUBES 5 3/8" 1,405 SO. FT.
    HEATING SURFACE ARCH 17 SQ. FT.
    HEATING SURFACE FIREBOX 327 SO. FT.
    HEATING SURFACE SIPHONS (4) 121 SQ. FT.
    HEATING SURFACE SUPERHEATING 1,214 SQ. FT.
    HEATING SURFACE TOTAL 4,920 SQ. FT.
    SUPERHEATER SCHMIDT
    JOURNALS /BEARINGS TIMKEN/ROLLER
    TRACTION EFFORT 68,000 LBS.
    TOTAL STARTING EFFORT 79,100 LBS.
    STEAM PRESSURE 240 LBS.
    TUBES 2" 291
    TUBES 5 3/8" 50
    GRATE AREA 94.5 SQ. FT.
    VALVE GEAR WALSCHAERT
    TOTAL MAIN TENDER WEIGHT LIGHT 156,700 LBS
    TOTAL MAIN TENDER WEIGHT LOADED 396,700 LBS
    TOTAL RUNNING WEIGHT 844,000 LBS

    Picture Links
    http://www.gprr.com/id46.htm


    http://www.gprr.com/id29.htm
  10. NP 1364

    NP 1364 New Member

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    My spy tells me 2100 will be working out the bugs on the Tacoma Rail tideflats in the middle of the week after it come out of CEECO so no problems will crop up on the weekend,thay hope!
  11. Wolfy

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    2100's steam up and did a test run on the "hill" yesterday.
    The Golden Pacific website has info and where to by tickets for up coming
    runs.
  12. interurban

    interurban Active Member

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    Great news Wolfy, and welcome to the gauge.
    :wave:

    Thanks for the link.

    I hope we get a few pictures posted soon.:D
  13. interurban

    interurban Active Member

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    I just t ried the Link, but it`s down for maintenance work. RATS!!!!
  14. NP 1364

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    2100 made 3 trips up the hill I hear that Tacoma Rail required them to make the 3 trips in the same day to prove the locomotive's and cars can make it from the tideflats all the way up the hill:thumb:
  15. NP 1364

    NP 1364 New Member

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    OK there is a 50/50 odds that it will run Sat. August 5 and 6 it just up to Tacoma Rail to be the GOOD railroad or the BAD railroad as to letting them run with or with out restrictions
  16. Wolfy

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    Well, the 2100 made her trips this past weekend with paying customers, and I notice that there's lots of pics and mini-movies all over the net.
    Tom Payne take your well deserved bow.

    Cheers
    Wolfy
  17. NP 1364

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    Sat. run was full of GPRR staff and crew and about 50 or so paid passengers and newspaper people. It made the front page of the local section,the 2nd or B section, of the sunday paper.:thumb:

    Sun. run there was not so many GPRR crew and 50 or so passengers Tom still was the engineer but there was a change of firemen maybe due to the weather has been hot here, 85 outside, so I bet the cab was 100+ inside.

    the run by on sunday was outstanding 2100 was working harder and had stack talk more than sat.( must have setup the brakes a bit 10 or 15 psi on the train):cool:
  18. NP 1364

    NP 1364 New Member

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    Well 1 month of trips and 2100 is still going with a few changes leave time is now 1045AM instead of 1030AM.

    announce1 There is a new web site up.

    A change of fuel from Diesel to grade #3 oil ( heavier than diesel) more heat less black smoke:thumb:
  19. RailRon

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    Here is the link to new website of the 'Golden Pacific Railroad' which runs the T-1. Beautiful engine - wish I could ride behind her!

    Ron
  20. NP 1364

    NP 1364 New Member

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    Milw 36A

    For all of you Milwaukee Road "NUTS"
    announce1 The Milwaukee Road E9 36A now has the logo on the nose and under the cab windows and 36A on but is still waiting for the "The Milwaukee Road" lettering on the rear flanks and number boards in the nose:thumb: