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Adlai Stevenson Special
Adlai Stevenson Special
Adlai Stevenson Special
Date:
October 28, 1952
Location:
Lititz, PA
Photo Credit:
Collection of Josh Musser
A special train carrying presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson operated over the Reading and Columbia Branch on October 28, 1952, just days before the election. It passed the passenger station in Lititz, PA at 11:11 a.m. This is believed to be the last passenger train operated over the R&C.
PHILADELPHIA & READING 373
Philadelphia and Reading 373
P&R 373
Reading Shops 4-4-0
Date:
1882
Location:
Jenkintown, PA
Photo Credit:
Contributed by Richard Palmer
This view shows an express train from Jersey City at the station in Jenkintown. Brand new 4-4-0 No. 373 is on the point, emerging from Reading Shops in September, 1882. This locomotive would be rebuilt in 1897 and again in 1901, and was ultimately scrapped in 1923. It was renumbered to #196 at the 1901 rebuild.
B&O Pacific - RDG 1560
B&O passenger train with RDG camelback
RDG 9162
4-6-2, I8-sb 2-8-0
Date:
Unknown
Location:
Unknown
Photo Credit:
Collection of Josh Musser
A Baltimore and Ohio passenger train passes Reading 1560, a 2-8-0 camelback originally built by Baldwin in 1905 and rebuilt by Reading Shops in 1920.
READING 2100
RDG 2100
RDG 2100
T1 4-8-4
Date:
August 19, 2006
Location:
Tacoma-Frederickson, WA
Photo Credit:
Josh Musser, Photographer
In 2006, Reading T1 2100 was relocated to Washington State where it was briefly operated by the Golden Pacific Railroad on a series of excursions from Tacoma to Frederickson, Wa. and back. This photo links to an album of this operation.
READING 2101
RDG 2101
RDG 2101
Reading Shops T1 4-8-4
Date:
ca. 1977-78
Location:
Connellsville, PA
Photo Credit:
Contributed by Jay Leinbach
In 1977 and 1978, T1 2101 operated as the "Chessie Steam Special" to mark the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Painted in Chessie colors, 2101 toured various locations around the Chessie System including the famous Sand Patch Grade between Cumberland, Md., and Connellsville, Pa. This view was taken at the station in Connellsville.
RDG 2100
RDG 2101
Reading Shops T1 4-8-4
Date:
ca. 1977-78
Location:
Sand Patch Grade, exact location unknown
Photo Credit:
Contributed by Jay Leinbach
Here is another view of 2101 operating on Sand Patch Grade with the Chessie Steam Special. Unfortunately, 2101 was extensively damaged in a roundhouse fire in 1979 effectively ending her operating career. 2101 is now on static display at the B&O Museum in Baltimore, Md., painted in American Freedom Train colors.
"PHILADELPHIA & READING" 972
CP 972
CP 972
MLW 4-6-0
Date:
ca. 1983
Location:
Reading, PA
Photo Credit:
Collection of Josh Musser
In 1983, former Canadian Pacific 4-6-0 #972 was temporarily relettered "P&R" for a series of excursions celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Reading, which was incorporated on April 4, 1833. The engine is viewed inside the massive Reading Locomotive Shop on North Sixth Street in Reading, Pa.
READING 2775
RDG 2775
RDG 2775
EMD MP15
Date:
May 1977
Location:
Reading, PA (Belt Line Junction)
Photo Credit:
Contributed by Jay Leinbach
RDG 2775 heads a local freight through Belt Line Junction, just north of Reading, Pa. Over a year into Conrail, it retains all of its Reading markings.
READING 3410-3416
RDG 3410
RDG 3410, RDG 3416
EMD GP39-2
Date:
Unknown
Location:
Birdsboro, PA
Photo Credit:
Contributed by Jay Leinbach
Two GP39-2's head an empty coal train westbound on the Main Line at Birdsboro, Pa. The station is visible at the right side of the photo along with the Route 82 bridge. The station is now gone, however the bridge continues to carry traffic as of 2011. It was rated the worst bridge in Pennsylvania in 2010, receiving a rating of 2 out of a possible 99. Construction of a replacement bridge is scheduled to begin in 2012. The present bridge was built in 1927 and is 1,123 feet long.
READING 3416-3415
RDG 3416
RDG 3416, RDG 3415
EMD GP39-2
Date:
October 1975
Location:
Reading, PA (Belt Line Junction)
Photo Credit:
Contributed by Jay Leinbach
An eastbound freight powered by two GP39-2's crosses PA Route 61 on the Belt Line.
READING 5205-5502-617
RDG 5205
RDG 5205, RDG 5502, RDG 617
ALCO C424, EMD GP30, EMD GP7
Date:
May 9, 1964
Location:
Philadelphia, PA (Erie Avenue)
Photo Credit:
Collection of Josh Musser
RDG 5205 was on the point of a train with a GP30 and GP7 in this 1964 view at Erie Avenue. The Gulf station in the background is selling gasoline for 24.9 cents per gallon.
READING 5207-5204
RDG 5207
RDG 5207, RDG 5204
ALCO C424
Date:
October 14, 1973
Location:
Philadelphia, PA
Photo Credit:
Collection of Josh Musser
This freight is headed by two locomotives from Alco and two locomotives from EMD.
READING 5303
RDG 5303
RDG 5303
ALCO C630
Date:
October 1976
Location:
Rutherford, PA
Photo Credit:
Contributed by Jay Leinbach
Reading 5303 and a GP30 are viewed in a light engine move at Rutherford, looking east from the South 63rd Street bridge. The eastbound classification yard is visible in the background. In just a few years, Conrail would close this yard and use it for dead car storage. In the 1990's, Conrail opened a Triple Crown Roadrailer terminal on the site of the eastbound yard. Norfolk Southern now has an intermodal terminal covering much of the westbound yard, car shop and locomotive servicing area. The building in the photo is the only surviving structure from Reading days.
READING RDC
RDG RDC
RDG 91xx
Budd RDC-1
Date:
October 1975
Location:
Unknown
Photo Credit:
Contributed by Jay Leinbach
An unidentified RDC at an unidentified location.
READING 9162
RDG 9162
RDG 9162
Budd RDC-1
Date:
April 26, 1975
Location:
Manayunk, PA
Photo Credit:
Collection of Josh Musser
RDG 9162 heads west on the Norristown Branch at Manayunk. The overhead bridge is the former Pennsylvania Railroad Schuylkill Division, which roughly paralleled the Reading all the way to Pottsville.