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RDG 90690 BAux

A former class BAu baggage car was converted into a tool car for relief train service. Lettering near the baggage doors warns, "Danger - No smoking. Keep lights and flames away".

Location and date unknown
Photo credit: Collection of Josh Musser

RDG 90690

RDG 90691

Reading water car 90691 is viewed while in storage at the Wilmington and Western Railroad in Delaware. This tender was originally built in 1901 with serial number 7128. After its career as a steam locomotive tender, it was converted to a water car for use on a fire fighting train based in Tamaqua, Pa., and numbered 90691. The tender was sold for scrap in 1966 and first went to the Wawa and Concordville tourist railroad before ending up on the Wilmington and Western.

Date unknown, Greenbank, DE
Photo credit: Site Visitor Contribution, 12/2009

RDG 90691
RDG 90691
RDG 90691

RDG 90691 was acquired for preservation by the Reading Railroad Museum in 2003 and was moved from Delaware to their temporary museum site at Temple, arriving on September 11, 2004.

June 20, 2009, Temple, PA
Photo credit: Josh Musser

RDG 90691

RDG 90906

Riding on six axles, 90906 was a 250 ton steam-powered crane built in 1948 by Industrial Brownhoist. The crane was the major component of the "relief trains", since the term "wreck train" was taboo among Reading management. This crane was later painted into the modern green and yellow paint scheme.

Location and date unknown
Photo credit: Collection of Josh Musser

RDG 90906

RDG 90946 TMdx

RDG 90946 was a company service tank car assigned to diesel fuel transportation with a capacity of 8,500 gallons. When viewed in service for Conrail in 1998, the markings were virtually unchanged from its days on the Reading. This car is seen deep in "enemy" territory at the former Pennsylvania Railroad Juniata Locomotive Shops in Altoona, PA.

1998, Altoona, PA
Photo credit: Josh Musser

RDG 90946

RDG 90980 TMhx

RDG 90980 is a 10,000 gallon capacity tank car that was built in February, 1942.

January 5, 2008, Middletown, PA
Photo credit: Flickr user Scooter Flix


RDG 93533 LOfx

RDG 93533 was rebuilt from an older revenue covered hopper and assigned to locomotive sand service. It continued that role for Conrail until the mid-1990's. This car was not handled gently throughout its career, as both end posts are damaged. 93533 has been preserved by the Reading Railroad Museum and is awaiting restoration. The RCT&HS has determined that this car was the first to carry the Reading "speed lettering" paint scheme.

1998, Temple, PA
Photo credit: Josh Musser

RDG 93533

RDG 93540 LOfx

Another example of a covered hopper in locomotive sand service is RDG 93540, which appears to have spilled some sand and had one axle pushed off of the rails. Reading and later Conrail maintained a small servicing facility in Lebanon for locomotives operating on local freights.

April 1995, Lebanon, PA
Photo credit: Josh Musser

RDG 93540

RDG 93547 LOfx

RDG 93547 is viewed in 1987 passing Angelica Park in Reading, Pa.

September 1987, Reading, PA
Photo credit: Josh Musser

RDG 93547

RDG 96603 FMex

This car has been retrofitted with a unique ramp to load the various levels of 1960's era auto-rack cars.

Location and date unknown
Photo credit: Collection of Josh Musser

RDG 96603

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