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Wanamaker, Kempton
& Southern
Equipment Roster

Steam Locomotives

0-6-0 steam locomotive #65, a 1930 Porter locomotive. Engine #65 was acquired from the Safe Harbor Water and Power Company of Columbia, Pennsylvania in 1972. Engine #65 is the locomotive you'll most likely see in action when you vist the WK&S.

0-4-0 steam locomotive #2, a 1920 Porter locomotive with yours truly at the throttle. Engine #2 was acquired from the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company located in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania. This was the first operational locomotive when the new WK&S railroad opened for business in 1963. Once upon a time #2 was the railroad's primary locomotive, but now it serves as backup to #65 and is rarely used.

Diesel Locomotives

General Electric locomotive #7258. Built in 1942, this ex-Army locomotive was acquired from a steel mill in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania in 1997. WK&S volunteers poured their hearts into #7258. Among other things, they rebuild one of the two diesel engines, rewired the locomotive and performed a complete cosmetic restoration. #7258 is in charge of most of the yard work and pulls the passenger trains when the steam engine isn't used during the slow months of the summer season. #7258 also allows for off-season charters after the steam locomotives have been winterized. #7258 is the "Cadillac" of the railroad - an absolute pleasure to operate.

Whitcomb locomotive #602. Another ex-Army locomotive built in 1944, it was acquired from a Gulf Oil refinery in Philadelphia and arrived at the WK&S around 1990. The Army used this locomotive in Europe. Upon its return to the States, it was rebuilt to U.S. railroad standards. The locomotive's current paint scheme was inspired by #601, a similar locomotive that once operated on the Lehigh & New England Railroad. Although functional, #602 is rarely used simply because #7258 is such a gem.


Reading combine #408, built in 1923. This car could be found in the Reading "Iron Horse Ramble" trains of the 1950's and 1960's. The baggage compartment now contains tables and a piano so the car can be chartered for parties.

Reading coach #1474, built in 1913.

Reading coach #1494, built in 1913. This coach is identical to #1474 (coupled in background).

Delaware, Lackawanna & Western coach #582, built in 1915.

Atlantic City RR wood coach #72. Little is know about this coach. Although unserviceable, the car is home to the Schuylkill & Lehigh Model Railroad club. The car is located right behind Kempton station. The HO scale model railroad is open to the public on any Sunday that the big trains are running.

Reading coach #1365, built in 1915. This coach is currently under restoration. There always seems to be a more pressing project that needs doing, so it may be a few more years before we see #1365 back in service.

Jersey Central business car #98. This car was part of the original stable of equipment operated by the WK&S. Out of service for several decades, its future is uncertain.


Built at the Reading shops in 1942, #92936 was designed as an all steal caboose, but was sheathed in wood due to war time steal shortages. #92936 was part of the original stable of equipment acquired by the WK&S when the company was just getting started back in the early 1960's. This is perhaps my favorite piece of equipment on the WK&S. As a child riding the WK&S, #92936 is where you were most likely to find me.

Acquired in 1986, caboose #92830 was constructed in the Reading shops in 1936. Although sheathed in steel, the 92830 is actually older than its wood sheathed brother #92936. Am I a WK&S fanatic? In 1997 I convinced my wife-to-be to marry me aboard #92830.

Lehigh & New England caboose #512, built in 1915. Although functional, #512 rarely finds itself on the train. The caboose is mostly used as sleeping accommodations for volunteers wishing to spend the night.


Lehigh & New England gondola #10381. Once a general purpose freight car, it was converted to an open-air observation car. A bench seat runs down the middle of the car and an opening was cut in one end so passengers may pass to and from an adjoining coach. This car is a favorite among passengers, but don't venture to the open car unless you're prepared to be sprinkled by hot, wet cinders from the locomotive.

Lehigh & New England flat car #719. This car is used to shuttle material and equipment around the yard. It's also used on the occasional "photo freight" train. The car is shown with a load of rail destined for the tracks being built into the new shop building.

Mack Gas-Electric locomotive #35. This locomotive is permanently out of service and is seen here resting on a pair of freight car trucks.

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