UPDATE: Group restoring Reading 2100 comes close to agreement with landlord

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A photo from 2015 of Reading T1 No. 2100 shows it in the midst of restoration in Cleveland.
American Steam Railroad Preservation Association
CLEVELAND — The group restoring Reading T1 No. 2100 has come to a preliminary agreement with the Midwest Railway Preservation Society to continue working on the 4-8-4 at the former Baltimore & Ohio roundhouse where it has been housed for the last two years.

American Steam Railroad and the Midwest Railway Preservation Society announced the agreement last week after months of negotiations. The agreement calls for ASR to use one roundhouse stall and some trackage outside the building. A term sheet was agreed upon last week and, if everything goes according to plan, officials hope to have the final lease signed in the coming weeks. The preliminary agreement calls for the lease to last three years. According to a Midwest official, a "term sheet" is a set of agreements and conditions both sides agreed to meet before signing binding documents. The parties have four months to complete any pre-agreement work necessary, the official said.

Filings with Cleveland city courts against American Steam earlier this year, as well as online discussions suggested, that the relationship between the locomotive owner and Midwest had soured but officials with both groups say that is not the case.

“Midwest sincerely hopes that we are entering a new and fruitful period for both organizations,” says MRPS President Donald Zeyer. “Additionally, Midwest also wishes to advise the public that we had nothing to do with any allegations, comments, or arguments that were made on social media. Again, we hope that we are entering a new era of co-operation. We wish ASR nothing but the best in their efforts to return No. 2100 to steam.”

American Steam President Steve Harvey says Midwest’s roundhouse is a great home for No. 2100.

“We are very happy to continue being able to keep No. 2100 in the roundhouse operated by Midwest. The location has great accessibility to Class I railroads, short lines, and scenic railroad operators,” he says.

Russ Swinnerton tells Trains News Wire that American Steam officials hope to focus on No. 2100’s firebox and running gear in the coming months. He says American Steam officials are hopeful the locomotive will be under steam in the next year or two. More information is available online. www.americansteamrailroad.org

More information is available online.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this report stated that the two sides had completed a lease agreement when they had only agreed upon certain terms and duties. Trains regrets the error. June 21, 2017, 3:52 p.m. Central time.

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