BACKGROUND: 2100 was purchased by Tom Payne in 1998 and was moved to St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada where it was stored for several years in the former New York Central shop building. During its time in Canada, 2100 was converted from a coal-burning locomotive to operate on fuel oil. The "Reading" lettering on the tender was painted over and the name "Ferroequus" was added along with a red and yellow stripe on the side of the engine.
In 2006, 2100 was shipped from Canada to Washington State on a flatcar to operate excursions under the former Golden Pacific Railroad (GPRR) operation out of Tacoma. Excursions had originally been planned to operate in 2005 but were delayed due to the logistics of moving the engine.
Operations consisted of a round trip on former Milwaukee Road trackage now owned by Tacoma Rail from Tacoma to Frederickson. The T-1 operated along with an ex-Amtrak F40PH diesel and three ex-Chicago METRA bi-level cars in a push-pull operation with the cab car leading the return trip to Tacoma. A catered lunch was served during the layover in Frederickson.
These excursions did not prove to be a financial success (a round trip ticket was about $50) and did not operate past the 2006 season. In 2007, the Spirit of Washington Dinner Train attempted to operate over the same route, but this operation only lasted a few months in this location due to low ridership. The dinner train is notable for operating one of the former Reading Crusader observation cars.
2100 was subsequently moved to Richland in eastern Washington for storage. It remains in serviceable condition, although the ditch lights and windows have reportedly been vandalized.