On August 15th and 16th, the American Steam Railroad (ASR) will unveil Reading Company steam locomotive No. 2100 to the public for the first time since its cross-country move from to Ohio for evaluation and restoration.
The event will feature exclusive access to No. 2100, guided tours of the Midwest Railway Preservation Society’s Baltimore & Ohio Railroad roundhouse, displays, caboose rides, and more. A special announcement about the Fire Up 2100 Campaign will be made Saturday afternoon at 2PM.
Hours for the event are 10AM-4PM Saturday and 12PM to 4PM Sunday. Admission and parking is free, train rides are $5.00. The roundhouse is located at 2800 West 3rd Street, Cleveland, Ohio, 44113
In April, ASR completed a year long effort to remove Reading 2100 from a storage site in Richland, Washington, shipping the historic locomotive 2,300 miles to Cleveland, Ohio in a trip that lasted nearly a month. Since then, mechanical contractors and volunteers have started an involved mechanical inspection of the engine with the goal to eventually return 2100 to operational condition for public excursions and tours, education outreach programs, and cultural programs.
The cost to inspect and return 2100 to operational status is estimated not to exceed $700,000. ASR is currently accepting donations at fireup2100.org.