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Scranton in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Reading #2124

 
 
Reading #2124 Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, July 25, 2008
1. Reading #2124 Marker
Inscription. Originally built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works during the mid 1920s as a 2-8-0, the Reading Company rebuilt #2124 among thirty other engines, as a 4-8-4 Northern in January 1947.

Reading Northerns were heavy-duty freight locomotives assigned most often to coal traffic. Their wide fire-boxes burned culm, a wast product of anthracite coal. Together, the engine and tender weighed 405 tons and easily pulled 150 loaded coal hoppers.

Retired from freight service in 1956, #2124 was rescued from the scrap heap. During the early 1960s, at a time when steam had all but disappeared from America's railroads, #2424 pulled Reading trains filled with steam enthusiasts on the famous "Reading Rambles."
 
Erected by Steamtown Nataionl Historic Site - National Park Service.
 
Location. 41° 24.501′ N, 75° 40.407′ W. Marker is in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in Lackawanna County. Marker is on Mechanic Street, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Located in the parking lot for Steamtown National Historic Site. Marker is in this post office area: Scranton PA 18503, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rahway Valley #15 (here, next to this marker); Grand Trunk Western #6039
Reading #2124 and Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, July 25, 2008
2. Reading #2124 and Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Steamtown (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Union Pacific #4012 (about 500 feet away); Illinois Central #790 (about 500 feet away); Oil House Foundation (about 500 feet away); CNJ #5 Steam Derrick (about 500 feet away); Canadian National Railways #47 (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Scranton.
 
Also see . . .  Reading #2124. (PDF) Additional details from the Park Service site. (Submitted on June 13, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
Reading #2124 and Tender Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, July 25, 2008
3. Reading #2124 and Tender
Hopper Car Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, July 25, 2008
4. Hopper Car
DL&W Hopper Car 81178 is on display in the roundhouse. Hopper cars similar to this one were pulled by Reading #2124 with loads of coal.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 599 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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