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Reading Company 4-8-4 steam locomotive number 2102, built in the Company shops, leads an excursion train across the Mahoning Creek bridge, on the Pittsburg and Shawmut Railway, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, 1977 | by Ivan S. Abrams
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Reading Company 4-8-4 steam locomotive number 2102, built in the Company shops, leads an excursion train across the Mahoning Creek bridge, on the Pittsburg and Shawmut Railway, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, 1977

Photograph (C) copyright 2009 Ivan Safyan Abrams. All rights reserved. Unauthorized use prohibited.

 

"Pittsburg" is spelled correctly; the railway was incorporated at a time early in the 20th century when the city had dropped the Scottish-style final "h" from its name. That didn't last long, and soon Pittsburg became Pittsburgh, again. "Shawmut" was the name of a Boston bank that provided capital for the line's construction.

 

The Reading T-1 class 4-8-4 locomotives were built in the Company's shops in Reading, Pennsylvania, after World War II. They utilized the boiler shells from some large 2-8-0 locomotives, combined with new cast frames and other parts provided by Baldwin Locomotive Works, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There were 25 examples of this class, 2100-2124, and at least 4 of them survive; one is operable in the Northwest US, 2102 is stored on the Reading and Northern in Pennsylvania, and two others are in museums. They were coal-hauling locomotives, but after the end of regular steam use, the Reading ran fantrips called "Rambles" for some years, using one or two T-1 locomotives on each trip. This isn't a Ramble, but instead a private excursion some years later, when the locomotive was owned by a group of railfans and prior to it being purchased by the Reading and Northern. It's lettered "Alleghany", had been previously made up to resembler a Delaware and Hudson locomotive, and lettered as such. Shortly after the series of trips on the P&S, the locomotive was relettered with its correct "Reading" name.

 

This photo was taken with a Nikon F2 camera with a 105mm f/2.5 lens, on an Ektachrome emulsion. The slide was scanned in 2004 with a Nikon scanner.

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Taken on September 30, 1977