Photos of Reader #108
by Mike Condren

On Sept. 11, 1961, Louis Marre, Gordon Mott, Jerry Pinkepank, and I visited the Reader Railroad. I was driving my parents car on this trip through Arkansas checking out the railroad action. We caught up with the Reader #108 at Waterloo. This was before the Reader began its passenger service on it mixed trains. Gordon and Jerry asked the crew for a ride in the caboose. Louis and I decided to chase the train back to Reader and get pictures. Here we see the train crossing State Highway 4 on its return to the shops at Reader.

In Feb, 1970, friends Tony Marchiando and Bill Welch accompanied me from Rolla to Reader for a ride. If I remember correctly, Tony got a cab ride from Reader to Waterloo. Here we see the train returning from the interchange with the freight cars for our mixed train.
Here we see 2-6-2 #108 switching the loading tracks at the refinery at Waterloo. Bill is barely seen at the right side of the photo.

During the years of passenger operations, I made several trips to "Ride the Reader". This trip drew #108 as our power.

After the Reader shut down operations, the #108 went to the Conway Scenic Railroad in New Hampshire as seen here on their turntable.

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