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 Post subject: Re: Status of ex-Reader RR #108?
PostPosted: Sun May 16, 2010 6:17 pm 

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The 11 is road ready compared to the 108. The 108 was dismantled down to its lowest molecular componants by contractors and volunteers. Running gear was taken apart, and restoration on the cab was done, but the thing that really needed attention, and had needed it since Mr. Long owned the engine, was thinning of the firebox sheets. Had the boiler gotten the attention it needed, the slop in the running gear could have been dealt with on an as needed basis. I wonder if any one knows where the parts may even be. In fact, the 108 may belong in another thread on lost and forgotten.

Call me old fashioned, but if you can't safely make steam, the cab lining ain't that important.

Is it just me, or is there a trend for some itinerant contractors to dismantle an engine, giving a ball park of getting it road worthy (noting that in the real world that FRA road worthy and making the engine better than it was the day Mr Vauclainsent it out of the shop are different things entirely), scattering parts to the four winds, and then, OOPPSS, if you want this thing back together its REALLY gonna cost ya....


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 Post subject: Re: Status of ex-Reader RR #108?
PostPosted: Mon May 17, 2010 12:11 am 

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108 got caught in the transition of ownership of the Blacklands Railroad as the content of the partnership changed. She's about the right size for a good tourist line and seems now destined for a new home. The situation is one of a business plan getting halted in mid stream rather than unrealistic expectations discovered during restoration. I had a small bit to do with helping the previous owner acquire it, and wish he had been able to do what he wished....a steam experience based on real shortline freight operation, with setouts, pickups, etc. Quite a time machine that didn't get built.

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 Post subject: Re: Status of ex-Reader RR #108?
PostPosted: Wed Sep 29, 2010 12:08 pm 

Thought it might interest some:

Reader Railroad (aka Kentucky Central) #11 is currently being loaded by an R.J. Corman crew onto lowboy trailers as I write this. She is being transported for display at Riney-B Park in Nicholasville, KY.


  
 
 Post subject: Re: Status of ex-Reader RR #108?
PostPosted: Wed Sep 29, 2010 2:18 pm 

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Thanks for the news. I presume it will be cosmetically repaired only? Still, that is better than before.

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 Post subject: Re: Status of ex-Reader RR #108?
PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 12:54 am 

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So what's the status on this locomotive? Being that the last post is from 2010 and it's 2017, I'd hope something has happened. The reason I ask is photos were posted at Abandoned Rail on Facebook of the 108 and it's BAD! Can anyone give an update?


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 Post subject: Re: Status of ex-Reader RR #108?
PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2017 12:40 pm 

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https://www.facebook.com/groups/6580473 ... 262446111/

I saw it in this group and wow it's been just left to the elements. I'm kinda curious too myself what happened

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 Post subject: Re: Status of ex-Reader RR #108?
PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 10:48 pm 

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Its not abandoned, the owner is quite aware of it.


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 Post subject: Re: Status of ex-Reader RR #108?
PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2020 2:26 pm 

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No updates since 2017; curious if there has been any news on the 108? Not sure how recent Google Maps photos of Sulphur Springs, TX are, but that is where it appears to be located.


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 Post subject: Re: Status of ex-Reader RR #108?
PostPosted: Sun Nov 22, 2020 6:42 pm 

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Purdue66 wrote:
No updates since 2017; curious if there has been any news on the 108? Not sure how recent Google Maps photos of Sulphur Springs, TX are, but that is where it appears to be located.


Still at Sulphur Springs, dismantled..

As of 11/22/2020, it's still intended for transport to Tuscumbia Alabama, and railroad historical display. No word on actual move plans.


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