2101 Story DVD 4.5 of 5 (2)
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Reading Railroad class T-1 4-8-4 number 2101 was one of the survivors of the Reading Rambles in the 1960's and along with 2100 was sitting in a scrap yard in Baltimore. Promotor Ross Rowland bought the two engines and quickly restored 2101 into engine number 1 for the American Freedom Train which celebrated America's 200th birthday. The other engine 4449 could not meet clearances in the east so this engine would do most of the touring in the eastern U.S. where 4449 could not operate. After looking at the history of this engine, we go to a transitional period and see footage of 2101 headed to be remade into a Chessie engine for the 1977 excursion season. Then we see the first Public relations and ferry move with the new paint scheme as the train headed for Baltimore. During 1977 we see several trips including a ride aboard the train from Cumberland over Sand Patch grade.
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Jim McCann (West lafayette Ohio) on 2014-04-06 14:10:51.
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The video transfer from super 8 to dvd was very good. It was great to see this old friend again in her glory. I was there on Sand Patch grade that very rainy day in 1978. The excellent sound of the whistle brings back many good memories. I rode behind her twice with my Grand Father. It was a sad day when I heard of her demise. This video brings her back to life again. From working hard on the big hills to high speed pacing all 2101 fans will enjoy this video!
Added 2018-05-18 15:04:13 by Steamboy
Got a sad email from Greg. He told me that narrator John Edward Hingsbergen died last November. Pass it on to the Railfans you know.
Steamboy (Revere MA US) on 2017-12-05 09:17:39.
Along with Greg's 2839 part 1 video, this was the second GSVP program to be shot in the 1970s with live sound. Now over 40 years later, the memories endure forever. Despite the glitches and film cuts in some scene transitions.