EBT Fall Spectacular 1996 / FEBT 14th Reunion

© 1996 Christopher D Coleman. Reproduction prohibited without express permission. Pictures taken October 12, 13 and 14, 1996 using Kodachroome 200 in a Cannon AE-1. Images were scanned directly from the Kodalux developed slides. Comments by Chris Coleman.


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photo The 1874 Company Store in Robertsdale is looking pretty bad in this shot. It has been condemned and will be gone within 6 months.

photo Rocky Ridge Bridge is a good walk from the nearest road. This is the first of several crossings of Trough Creek between Wrays Hill Tunnel and the coal fields.

photo Rocky Ridge Station is just short of Wrays Hill Tunnel. This is its last stand and in the winter of 1998 it will collapse.

photo Wrays Hill Tunnel is a few hundred feet from the bridge and is where the railroad moves completely out of the Aughwick Creek watershed.

photo Two restored mine cars stand on a short section of track a short distance from the Saltillo Station. The cars would not have worked here and likely came from Robertsdale or Woodvale.

photo #15 is on its way into the Roundhouse after a day's work on Saturday. Coach #8, a combine and Parlor car #20 are parked behind it. The Red building is the Blacksmith Shop.


photo #17, #15 and #14 are lined up to take successive trains down the line.

photo The M-7 GE diesel switcher on display in the Rockhill Yard. It was called into rescue service late Sunday when #15 split the Colgate Grove switch with one of its caboose's trucks while backing around.

photo The M-1 gas-electric on display in the Rockhill Yard. It was making two runs each day for holders of the special M-1 ride tickets.

photo This view is of locomotives #17 and #15 through the unused hoppers in the Rockhill Yard. A picture of what was, framing what can be.

photo Looking from the end of the operating line to the south, toward the shops.

photo This is a view from the coaling docks built into the side of the hill at the south end of the yard. #12 has just backed out from the Roundhouse and #15 is backing around the wye with a passenger train.

photo #12 has backed through the switch onto the main and is now approaching us. #15 is dropping off its passenger train, picking up a flatcar freight, and then will return here to add #12 onto it's front for a doubleheader.

photo #12 has coupled onto #15 and together they are moving through the yard.

photo They are on their way to take up position behind #17, which has a mixed freight at Orbisonia Station. #14 has already started down the line with a passenger train.

photo The Sand House, though not operational, still holds a supply of sand.

photo We're now on the doubleheaded freight. We've passed the Runk Road Bridge and are entering the S curve at Douglas Summit.

photo We are passing the south leg of the Colgate Grove Wye. #14 has backed and pulled forward through the wye and is waiting for the line to be clear. #17 has backed through the wye and is waiting on the east tail for #14 to proceed.

photo #14 and #17 have left the wye in sequence and we are backing through the north leg into the position last held by #17.

photo We've passed through the wye and are moving through the S curve again, this time southbound.

photo Back at Rockhill now, we're viewing one of the Rockhill Trolley Museum's streetcars departing for "Blacklog" down the Shade Gap Branch remnant.

photo One can see clear through the most decayed hopper in the yard, on the old Coach House track. It is a poignant reminder that the EBT is not a stable treasure.

photo The next mixed freight heads for Orbisonia Station, then to Colgate Grove.

photo This is the beginning of the Rockhill EBT shops tour. We are in the Foundry and one of the Railways to Yesterday trolley museum volunteers is giving a fine tour. He's holding a wood casting pattern for a mine cart wheel. He's explaining how it was used to create a mold with special sand, into which the molten iron was poured.

photo This is a view of the interior of the Foundry. The tall iron furnace is in the center and a small brass furnace is behind the people at the right. The tubes on the main furnace injected the heated air and the metal exited from the waist-level hole in the front. At the far right is a 360 degree pivoting gantry used to move sand castings to and from the furnace for pouring.

photo This is the large drill press in the Machine Shop used for wheel boring. It was run from the overhead belt system.

photo The intrepid M-4, parked in the locomotive Service Bays, did not venture out this spectacular. Instead she kept the unrestored diesels company. Among them are three M-7 duplicates, a MOW vehicle, a Plymouth diesel and a couple gas engine crew cars.

photo In the Boiler Shop, the two crew cars are in the foreground and a huge combination steel sheet punch and shear machine is in the background.

photo A steel sheet former basks in the sunlight.

photo #12 is being put to bed for the winter after having dumped her ashes and having her firegrate cleaned. She'll pull partially into her stall and open her cylinder cocks to release the boiler steam and open her water line to drain the tender.

photo #17 has dumped her ashes and is about to push #12 into her stall. She will then follow suite and open her cocks and water line as well.

photo A closeup view of one of the hopper trucks in the yard reveals the lettering E B R R & C CO., revealing the company Vulcan cast it for. I guess they thought Broad Top was one word.

photo The mixed freight has been parked by the shop buildings for the winter. The only wood-sided boxcar and tanker are visible.


photo The Mount Union Engine House still contains standard gauge switcher #3.

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