The Roundhouse Podcast

015: Reading 2100 – Kelly Lynch

Photo courtesy of Kelly Lynch/American Steam Railroad.

Photo courtesy of Kelly Lynch/American Steam Railroad.

Ever since it was announced that Reading T1 #2100 would be restored to operation, many of you have raised questions about the condition of the locomotive, what the restoration will require, and what the future of the locomotive holds.  Kelly Lynch joins us to answer these and discuss how we can keep steam restoration alive!

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Reading 2100 (3:23)

Known for his work with the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society and Nickel Plate Road 765, Kelly joins us to speak on behalf of the American Steam Railroad organization.  He discusses Reading 2100’s unusual history and describes the condition the locomotive was in upon initial inspection.  ASR plans to restore this locomotive alongside Frisco #1352, and Kelly explains how these projects will be balanced.  He also describes his goals for the videos he has produced for the campaign, one of which I have included below:

Currently, 2100 is in transit from eastern Washington state to Cleveland Ohio, where it will be restored at the roundhouse of the Midwest Railway Preservation Society.  Kelly provides some details about the current plan for restoration, the potential excursion opportunities, and why volunteering keeps preservation of these locomotives alive.

Click here to see more about the Reading 2100, and click here to help them reach their goal!

Question of the Day (49:38)

Tell me a story about your favorite mainline steam excursion ride.   Let me know and I will respond to your comments in our next episode.

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4 thoughts on “015: Reading 2100 – Kelly Lynch

  1. William Mankelow

    My favorite steam excursion ride is easily the one I took with my then future wife and a few of our friends from Reading down to Canterbury behind LNER A1 61063 ‘Tornado’ where we got married. The trip took us along the historic Great Western and then through the maze of railways of London. The return trip was even more amazing (I mean I’d just got married, so that made it amazing in itself) However on the way back we ended up running along the bottom of the white cliffs at Dover. An amazing trip, a day I’ll never forget for so many reasons. Finally what really capped this whole experience was that I got to drive the very same locomotive last year.

  2. Luke

    The only question is isn’t the roundhouse where 2100 being restored served by CSX? If so I thought CSX was Anti Steam so how would they move her once she is restored?


    3751….what a beautiful locomotive ! Live in northern Cal. , and have just recently discovered San Bernardino Santa Fe station ! Have seen UP 8444 and SP 4449 , many times ! Am happy to say 3751 is now in the Group ! Hope to see her in person some day ! Thanks P. S. Been watching the restoration of the Reading 2100 !

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