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Reading & Northern 2102 Test Run With Hopper Cars!

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Reading & Northern 2102 Test Run With Hopper Cars!
Posted by Flintlock76 on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 8:34 AM

Fresh from the studio of East Penn, here's yesterdays test run of R&N 2102, all lettered and striped.  A fast  25 minutes!  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyQmm4d2hoY

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Posted by BaltACD on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 9:21 AM

Has the 2102 always had a 'footboard' configured front pilot?  Footboard pilots are indicative of a locomotive that is intended to be used in mine run or yard type use where it is necessary for brakemen to mount and ride the locomotive to accomplish the business purpose of the job at its working location(s).

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 10:52 AM

It had a footboard pilot during the Rambles 60 years ago. 

From the photos in the book I've got it looks like Reading's T-1's had them in the 1950's.

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Posted by BEAUSABRE on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 11:59 AM

Doing what she was born to do!

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Posted by Backshop on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 12:51 PM

That was a great video, I only have two small nitpicks.  First, I wish they had shown it starting the train from a standing stop.  Second, I always thought the T1's weren't brawny enough looking for being coal haulers.

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 2:48 PM

Backshop
I always thought the T1's weren't brawny enough looking for being coal haulers.

Interesting comment.  On one of the YouTube sites with a 2102 video I remarked it seemed small (to me anyway) for a Northern.  "Not so!" replied the video poster, "It's BIG all right!"  Maybe it was the camera angle?  Or the overhead drone shot?  Or something.

One thing that 2102 DOES remind me of is the N&W unstreamlined Class J's they built during WW2, properly termed the Class J1's.  Now those were brawny looking!  I think the T-1's resemblance to a J1 is remarkable, or maybe it's just me.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 3:28 PM

Great run.  Guess RR did not have regular traffic they could interchange at the bridges?

Anyone know when the signals at the bridges will be activated? What will be their method of operation?  CTC, Automaticactivation, or other?

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Posted by Backshop on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 3:53 PM

Flintlock76

 

 
Backshop
I always thought the T1's weren't brawny enough looking for being coal haulers.

 

Interesting comment.  On one of the YouTube sites with a 2102 video I remarked it seemed small (to me anyway) for a Northern.  "Not so!" replied the video poster, "It's BIG all right!"  Maybe it was the camera angle?  Or the overhead drone shot?  Or something.

One thing that 2102 DOES remind me of is the N&W unstreamlined Class J's they built during WW2, properly termed the Class J1's.  Now those were brawny looking!  I think the T-1's resemblance to a J1 is remarkable, or maybe it's just me.

 

I think it's mainly the skirting on the running boards and having a smooth jacket. I much prefer the look of the WM Northerns.  Of course, I've always been a Berkshire man, anyways.  

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 7:51 PM

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Of course, I've always been a Berkshire man, anyways.  

Nothing wrong with Berkshires, I wish one or two of the Erie's were saved.

Still, the Nickle Plate was pretty generous with theirs.

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Posted by kgbw49 on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 9:34 PM

50 empties and a Northeastern cabooose. A nice light workout for 2102. Barely breaking a sweat, figuratively speaking!

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Thursday, April 28, 2022 7:06 AM

kgbw49
and a Northeastern cabooose

Like freight trains are supposed  to have!

I mean, how do you know the train's over with no caboose?  Wink

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Posted by Backshop on Thursday, April 28, 2022 7:48 AM

Flintlock76

 

 
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Of course, I've always been a Berkshire man, anyways.  

 

Nothing wrong with Berkshires, I wish one or two of the Erie's were saved.

Still, the Nickle Plate was pretty generous with theirs.

 

As was the C&O.

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Posted by BaltACD on Thursday, April 28, 2022 8:03 AM

Flintlock76
 
kgbw49
and a Northeastern cabooose 

Like freight trains are supposed  to have!

I mean, how do you know the train's over with no caboose?  Wink

Look for the EOT or the Red Flag in the knuckle.

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Posted by pennytrains on Thursday, April 28, 2022 6:31 PM

Remember when it's name was FRED?  Wink

Big Smile  Same me, different spelling!  Big Smile

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Thursday, April 28, 2022 7:17 PM

pennytrains
Remember when it's name was FRED?

Oh, that one's too good to pass up!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4VIbG6MBjE

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Posted by Paul of Covington on Friday, April 29, 2022 1:01 AM

  Beautiful brute!

  Does 2102 have an air horn or is the horn I heard at about 9:15 from a nearby off camera diesel?

 

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Posted by BaltACD on Friday, April 29, 2022 8:32 AM

pennytrains
Remember when it's name was FRED?  Wink

FRED was dumb - little more than a flashing light.

The EOT's of today transmit trainline air pressure to the head end as well as having the ability to be commanded to initiate a emergency brake application. 

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Friday, April 29, 2022 9:42 AM

Paul of Covington

  Beautiful brute!

  Does 2102 have an air horn or is the horn I heard at about 9:15 from a nearby off camera diesel?

 

 

I believe that was a horn salute from a R&N diesel in the area.  I wondered abut it myself, then I saw another R&N train in the right background.

Mind you, I was on full-screen display on the laptop or I don't think I'd have seen it, it's WAY back there.

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Posted by Overmod on Friday, April 29, 2022 11:04 AM

Oh my... WinniFRED played by Tracey!  How much better does it need to get?

On the other hand, I've always considered any EOTD to be a FRED... by their own definition they are on the end of the train that is in the rear, they are devices, and any of the canonical Fs apply to them.

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Friday, April 29, 2022 11:26 AM

Overmod
Oh my... WinniFRED played by Tracey!  How much better does it need to get?

really  wanted Carol Burnett but could only find the audio on YouTube and not a video.  I remember seeing Carol's "Fred" on TV back in the 60's.

Still, Tracey Ullman's no slouch!  Funny lady!

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Posted by Overmod on Friday, April 29, 2022 11:26 PM

Carol Burnett (in case anyone doesn't remember) made the role famous on Broadway before there was a film.

See why:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yB1NHb0cKFo

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5SKWk4QWqJg

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=em7mTeoznZ8

It's a VHS dub of a Kinescope, with some distortion in the '60s sound... but you'll get caught up in the magic just as you do with Olivier's movie of Henry V.

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Saturday, April 30, 2022 8:57 AM

Overmod
but you'll get caught up in the magic just as you do with Olivier's movie of Henry V.

You know, I've seen Olivier's "Henry V" and Kenneth Branagh's, and I don't know which one I like best.  Olivier's is more colorful, Branagh's is more gritty, but both are outstanding. 

One of the best thing's about Branagh's is Brian Blessed!  That man was BORN to wear armor!  He's like a human tank! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKHihAPr2Rc

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Posted by Overmod on Saturday, April 30, 2022 9:17 AM

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You know, I've seen Olivier's "Henry V" and Kenneth Branagh's, and I don't know which one I like best.  Olivier's is more colorful, Branagh's is more gritty, but both are outstanding.

What I was referring to was actually the 'trope' that the movie starts out as if the play were being presented at the Globe, complete with men playing the women... then very quietly the stage backdrops become larger and more realistically drawn, and so we are eased into full reality...

One of the all-time great national propaganda movies (it was made during WWII), and one of the all-time great end-title-music choices -- even better than what Spielberg used in Empire of the Sun (to this day I wonder how many film buffs understand what he did).

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Posted by Paul of Covington on Saturday, April 30, 2022 10:40 PM

Flintlock76
I believe that was a horn salute from a R&N diesel in the area.  I wondered abut it myself, then I saw another R&N train in the right background.

   Ah, I see it now.  Thanks.  

   Another comment:  I was a bit surprised by the high-pitched sound of 2102's whistle.  Almost like a European whistle.

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Sunday, May 1, 2022 7:54 AM

Paul of Covington
I was a bit surprised by the high-pitched sound of 2102's whistle.  Almost like a European whistle.

Yeah, me too.  I was expecting a full-throated roar instead of the high-pitched tone, but I suppose it's the historically correct whistle for a Reading T-1. 

When you come down to it all a whistle's supposed to do is get your attention and the T-1's whistle certainly does that.

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Posted by Overmod on Sunday, May 1, 2022 8:37 AM

Compare the Reading 'sound' with a typical PRR 'banshee' freight whistle... or with what N&W afflicted the A locomotives with.

I think the high sound 'carries' better.

Incidentally, Western Maryland had no Northerns.

Although they had some of the very best late 4-8-4s.  

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Posted by kgbw49 on Sunday, May 1, 2022 10:52 AM
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Posted by Flintlock76 on Sunday, May 1, 2022 11:07 AM

kgbw49

Mighty all right!

Interesting choice of music for that slide show, the Church of England version of "Nearer My God To Thee."  

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Posted by kgbw49 on Sunday, May 1, 2022 11:25 AM

Indeed an odd choice.

Maybe they are trying to say it was a titanic locomotive. (Que the rim shot.)

Definitely a mountain mauler fast freight hauler!

Which Overmod is alluding to. Too bad one was not saved.

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Sunday, May 1, 2022 11:30 AM

kgbw49

Indeed an odd choice.

Maybe they are trying to say it was a titanic locomotive. (Que the rim shot.)

 

Reminds me of a review I read years ago concerning a Pennsylvania Railroad video:

"An odd choice of music as the video begins, an orchestral arrangement of 'A Might Fortress Is Our God,'  or maybe if you're a Pennsy fan you won't think so!"

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