Reading and Northern Railroad

2102 Ready to Ramble

The Reading & Northern Railroad reported that its T-1 steam locomotive, no. 2102, has successfully completed its test runs following its extensive five-year rebuild. The locomotive made a homecoming on April 6, stopping briefly at Reading Outer Station with hundreds of people looking on. It also visited Tamaqua on April 7-8, plus Nesquehoning and Jim Thorpe on April 8.

Salt Lake Garfield & Western Railway represents the first “bolt-on acquisition” by Patriot since Sydney, Australia-based global asset manager First Sentier Investors acquired Patriot in October 2019. (Photo by James Belmont.)

Small Road News: OmniTRAX, Patriot Rail, RBMN Boosting Business

Denver-based OmniTRAX is connecting rail-served properties along its 113-mile Illinois Railway (IR) with customers interested in locating there. Additionally, Jacksonville, Fla.-based Patriot Rail Co. LLC is acquiring 26-mile Salt Lake Garfield & Western Railway (SLGW) in Utah and its storage and transload service providers, Caballero LLC and Caballero 2 LLC. As well, Reading & Northern Railroad (RBMN) opened a new transload facility for a Delta, Ohio-based steel mill.

R&N Expands Coal Marketing Dept.

Reading and Northern Railroad (R&N) recently added to its Coal Marketing department as Karl Laubenstine has joined the team as VP – Coal Marketing and Sales, effective July 20, 2020. In his new position, Laubenstine reports to Bill Clark, Senior VP Coal Marketing.

R&N Announces Tamaqua Station Upgrades

Reading & Northern Railroad (R&N) has finalized an agreement to bring back passenger trains to Tamaqua’s 146-year-old train station, including the building of a new passenger platform.

R&N: “We Are Not an Amusement”

Reading & Northern Railroad (R&N) has resolved its amusement tax dispute with Jim Thorpe and will resume passenger rail service to and from Jim Thorpe this spring, with the first trips coming at Winterfest on Feb. 15.

  • M/W

R&N Opens New Bridge

Class II Reading & Northern’s new Nesquehoning Bridge Phase 2, the product of more than 20 years of work led by Owner and CEO Andy Muller, Jr., connects the railroad’s Reading and Lehigh Divisions, “allowing for progressive, expedited moves between Reading and the Scranton area.”

R&N Sets a Few Records

Reading & Northern Railroad (R&N) broke its previous records for carloadings, freight revenue and excursion ticket sales.