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|Reading 284||Builder: Electro-Motive Division of General Motors|
|Model: F7A||Builder’s Number: 8552||Built: October 1949|
|Horsepower: 1500||Original Owner: Chicago & Northwestern RR, Nos. 4074A, nee 424|
History: New Jersey Transit acquired this locomotive from the Chicago & Northwestern in 1983 and utilized it as No. 424 primarily from Hoboken to Dover and Waldwick. It was retired in 1985, stored and donated to the URHS museum collection in 1991. It has been restored to represent a Reading Company locomotive of the same type that operated through central New Jersey between Jersey City, Port Reading and points south and west. Storage Location: Boonton, NJ
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Over the past several months the restoration team from the United Railroad Historical Society has put hundreds of man hours into the restoration of Reading 284 for “Streamliners at Spencer.” I’ve had the privilege of being one of those volunteers since the beginning of the project. Finishing this project has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, and it was a pleasure to see our engine out on the road.
On May 13, 2014, Norfolk Southern picked up 284 from our restoration facility at Boonton Yard and delivered it to Dover, NJ. The next day, some of the volunteers and I chased 284 on H02 from Dover to Washington Township where it was handed off to H65 to go to Allentown. We followed our engine all the way to Phillipsburg and watched it cross into Pennsylvania.
If you like seeing projects like this, I hope you’ll consider volunteering with us or donating to the cause. We always appreciate the support! I hope you enjoy the video and thanks for watching.
Learn more about 284 and other projects at URHS.org and follow our progress at www.facebook.com/URHSofNJ
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