I know this might be a really dumb question but can anyone shed light on this railroad name? I picked up a nicely repainted Pacific type locomotive that was done as a Baltimore and Reading railroad. Problem is that I have done several internet searches and nothing comes up and the site search function is not working at the moment. Was there such a railroad or did the previous owner create this? 

Thanks for the input folks!

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It seems that the Pacific was lettered for a freelance railroad. To my knowledge and research there was not a "B&R" (at least, not this "B&R"). 

 

Glad to be proven wrong.

Off hand I have not heard of such a railroad as the Baltimore & Reading. Check out the Reading Company Technical & Historical Society's website and see if that helps.

I know the Philadelphia & Reading Railway & Mining Company bought up a few smaller railroads during it's day. The P & R is the former name of the Reading Railroad as it was broken up during the early 20th century.

 

I know that the name Maryland & Pennsylvania is a real name, it's nickname is Ma & Pa RR.

 

Lee Fritz

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The Baltimore & Ohio and the Philadelphia & Reading (reorganized as the Reading Company in 1923) had a close relationship but they were not combined. There was talk of merger during the bleak times of the late 1960's and early 1970's but Conrail was formed instead (April 1, 1976).

 

Cabs of Reading steamers had a separate window and seat for the head brakeman behind the fireman's seat and window, like B&O cabs.

 

The most remarkable result of the close relationship of the B&O and the Reading was the construction of 20 (then 30) T-1 4-8-4's (1945-1947) and 10 G-3 4-6-2's (1948) in the Reading Shops along North Sixth Street.

 

On January 1, 1942, A. K. Galloway resigned as Superintendent of Motive Power and Rolling Equipment (MP&RE) on the Reading. E. P. Gangwere replaced him. Mr. Gangwere orgaized a comparison of EMD FT's, 2-10-4's, and high-speed 2-6-6-2's. The B&O had purchased 16 Mallets from the Seaboard Air Line in 1922 and built an experimental 2-6-6-2 (Class KK-2) in 1930. Mr. Gangwere advised the Reading to make do with locomotives on the roster and dieselize as quickly as possible after World War II.

 

But in 1944, Revelle W. Brown, a former B&O engineer, succeeded succeeded Edward W. Sheer as President of the Reading. His fondness for steamers is well documented. He obtained detailed information about Lehigh Valley 4-8-4's and passed it to Mr. Gangwere. Meetings in President Brown's office on August 1 and 4, 1944, led to the construction of T-1 4-8-4's and G-3 4-6-2's. Nods to Lehigh Valley 4-8-4's ("Wyomings") were the class letter ("T") and the numbers (5100 became 2100, which fit nicely after the numbers of gigantic I10sa 2-8-0's [2020-2049] that provided boilers for the T-1's).

 

 

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