EBT Fall Spectacular 1998 / FEBT 16th Reunion

© 1998 Christopher D Coleman. Reproduction prohibited without express permission. Pictures taken October 8-12, 1998 using Kodachroome 64 and 200 in a Minolta Maxxum 7xi. Images were scanned directly from Kodalux developed slides. Sounds and video were recorded on a Cannon 8mm camcorder. Comments by Chris Coleman.


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photo Repairs of the smokejack that burned in June are nearly complete.

photo The Silver Sightseer and two trailers are parked in front of Orbisonia Station. They have likely finished an inspection run earlier in the day.

photo #15 had sprung a smokebox leak the weekend before. Here M-4 has pulled her out and blocks of wood are being loaded into her smokebox and firebox. Someone with a box camera is photographing the action.

photo Clearing in the Mount Union Yard has made the main accessible. The trees were cut in preparation for the use of the track by the Mount Union Central Railroad, which is leasing them from the EBT.

photo The new 522 bypass dual gauge grade crossing is nearing completion in this photo. New 522 is to the right while old 522 is in the background. Shirleysburg is to the left. It is much further along than in June.

photo This is one of three remaining 2-bay flat bottomed hoppers in the Mount Union Yard. It is a modification of one of the first order of PSCCo cars ordered in 1913. It has different shaped ribs than the other cars.

photo One of the two elusive three way stub switches near the Mount Union Standard Gauge Scale.


photo Things at the Roundhouse are getting really steamed up!

photo M-1, returning from an inspection of the line, turns at the Coal Docks.

photo This is one of the EBT's local delivery vans. It is the only one still on the property and is not used. It is stored in the car barn adjacent to the Roundhouse.

photo #15 turns after her own inspection tour of the line to test out the flue sheet repairs made the previous day.

photo This is one of the beams at the south end of the Foundry building. It shows how badly the building needs additional maintenance.

photo These are the reservoir ponds on the hillside to the southeast of the yards. They are supplied by a pump in the Car Shop from the Yard Reservoir. The pit in the foreground appears to be the drain to the yard standpipes.

photo A couple EBT employees are preparing the property for the spectacular. One is in the hopper trying to cut the tree down with loppers. The arrival of this chainsaw spelled it's doom. Behind, the Carpentry Shop has had a replacement door built just an hour or so before.


photo M-7 has her engines fired up and is preparing to head out of the Roundhouse onto the Turntable.

photo #15 is beaming as she backs out of her Roundhouse stall early in the morning.

photo This is a stereo video of #17 backing out from the turntable and giving a final pair of toots. 42.1 sec., 1.5 MB.

photo #17 stops for a once-over at the inspection pit before heading out for service.

photo Linn Moedinger takes the throttle of #12 for the weekend.

photo #12 struts her stuff as she pulls away from the Turntable.

photo This mysterious MOW car and trailer made a surprise appearance both days of the Spectacular. The Spider MOW car did not venture out this year.

photo #17 is framed by M-7 and M-1.

photo #12 and #15 steam past the Car Shop with the Shade Gap Picnic Train.

photo Caboose #28 waits for service beneath the twin stacks of the Boiler House.

photo The Pattern House (left), Air Brake Shop (center) and Electrical Shop buildings.

photo The Boiler House supplied all the power to the shops and much of the town.

photo The Foundry is in better shape than most of the shops buildings, but has a few nonlinear eccentricities of its own.

photo The Car Shops don't build cars any more, but do keep the weather off many of them in the off season.

photo The Service Bays still see crippled locomotives, though not so often any more. #14 was rebuilt here in 1987 as was M-5 a bit later.

photo The 'Garage' in the Rockhill Yard stored those miscellaneous items that did not belong elsewhere. Today the garage houses a few MOW trailers and other assorted do-dads. To the right is one of the four guy wire poles for the shop stacks.

photo Not the kind of traffic jam one expects to see in the depths of the Pennsylvania Alleghenys. Three Rockhill Trolley Museum cars await the turning of #15 on the wye.

photo The freight station saw little general merchandise come through in the later years. Some theorize this might be the original passenger station in Rockhill.

photo Joseph Kovalchick, owner of the East Broad Top, keeps passengers in line as #17 and the freight train pull into position. The American flags are the signal used earlier in the day for the Whistle Salute.

photo Nathan Kovalchick rides M-1 into the station as the conductor.

photo This is a stereo video of #15 heading up the line along 522 toward the crossing with the Shade Gap Picnic Train. (by Bill Bloomgren) 59.3 sec., 2.2 MB.

photo This is a stereo video of #17 heading up the line along 522 toward the crossing with the freight train. (by Bill Bloomgren) 19.2 sec., 0.7 MB.

photo This is a stereo video of M-1 heading up the line along 522 toward the crossing. (by Bill Bloomgren) 46.5 sec., 1.7 MB.

photo Aboard M-1, this is what one sees looking through the windows at the front of the baggage compartment.

photo This is the interior of the motorcar M-1's baggage compartment. Everyone is peering through the windows into the motor/engineer compartment.

photo Two sisters await duty. This photo makes clear how to tell the nearly identical locomotives apart.

photo #14 keeps an eye on the hostlers who scheme her next movement.

photo #14 shows that the Mikados do indeed bear the shield herald.

photo #14 is set and ready for another run down the line.

photo #17 heads back to the stable after a day's work.

photo #15 maneuvers near the station to pickup the Shade Gap Picnic Train for the night run.

photo This is a stereo video riding caboose 28 on the night Shade Gap Picnic train. The lights to the right were presumably a professional photographer who paid the railroad to slow the trains down for the shot. Later you can see #15's steam reflecting the red light from her firebox as the firebox door is opened. (by Bill Bloomgren) 55.5 sec., 2.1 MB.

photo M-1 and #17 wait in the roundhouse for the remaining motive power to join them.

photo #14 is waiting to be put away after the night train.


photo Up and at 'em, #15 heads out for duty.

photo #14 passes the Shade Gap Picnic Train to hook up to the Passenger Train.

photo #14 and #15 are at the ready for the next pair of trains.

photo #17 rolls out by the Boiler House to take the Freight Train out.

photo Looking through the coal bunker into the Boiler House the two shop boiler doors can be seen.

photo In the Boiler Shop the large punch and shear machine stands idle.

photo This Niles boring machine in the Machine Shop was used to prepare wheels to be mounted back on their axles.

photo The Locomotive Wheel Lathe in the Machine Shop turned the locomotive wheels, or machine the surface that contacts the rail.

photo This shot really lit up the life of one of the smaller Lathes in the Machine Shop.

photo This is the Drill Press in the Machine Shop.

photo This is the Cutting Tool in the Machine Shop.

photo This massive Planer in the Machine Shop was used to shape rail for switch points among other things.

photo What holds a railroad together? (besides rivets and nails) Bolts! and they came from this Bolt Maker in the Machine Shop.

photo For lighter steel bending duties this Hand Roll in the Boiler Shop did the trick.

photo For heavier work this Power Roll in the Boiler Shop was necessary.

photo This Double Grinder is in the Boiler Shop.

photo This Electric Welder is one of two in the Boiler Shop. The EBT was an early user of electric welding, as demonstrated by the age of this machine.

photo This is one of two unrestored gasoline powered Maintenance-of-Way cars in the Boiler Shop. At least three more, two of which are restored, reside on the premises.

photo This Punch and Shear Machine is the largest machine in the shops. In front of it are two unrestored gasoline MOW crew cars.

photo This is an overall shot of the east end of the Boiler Shop. You can see one Welding Machine in the foreground.

photo In a wing off the Boiler House, this Generator provided DC power to the shops and homes.

photo This is the interior of the east boiler. The water flowed through the pipes above to be heated.

photo This Wheel Press machine was used to assemble and disassemble wheel sets.

photo This is another shot of the Cutting Tool in the Machine Shop.

photo In the far corner of the Machine Shop this machine performs Bolt Threading.

photo This is a great shot of the Small Planer in the Machine Shop. The Motor was used in the 1960's to power the line shafts.

photo These are the aforementioned line shafts. Each belt transferred power either from one shaft to another or from a shaft to a machine.

photo This huge Boring Machine in the Machine Shop featured a radial arm.

photo In the center is the Axle Lathe. To the left is the Wheel Press and to the right is another small Lathe.

photo Here's another shot of the Small Planer in the Machine Shop. You can see the belt reaching the line shaft.

photo This shot shows the belts and shafts above the Large Planer in the Machine Shop.

photo Yet another Grinder awaits use.

photo This small Drill Press is in the rear of the shops.

photo One of the many Lathes basks in the Machine Shop sunlight.

photo One of the many Lathes basks in the Machine Shop sunlight.

photo This is a stereo video of #12 whistling and passing under McMullins Summit bridge. 14.2 sec., 0.5 MB.

photo #14 and the passenger train pass over the Long Fill on the way back to Rockhill Furnace.

photo On the Thousand Steps tour up Jacks Mountain, we saw the quarry enginehouse. These workings supplied Harbison Walker with gannister.

photo From atop Jacks Mountain one gets a spectacular view of Mount Union. In the right center of the photo you can just make out the EBT Mount Union Yard.

photo Back at Rockhill Furnace now, this is the interior of combine #14 after the last train of the spectacular.

photo This is the seldom seen interior of the Baggage Room of Orbisonia Station.

photo The boy scouts are closing up beside the Garage.


photo This is the 'Refuse Dump'.

photo Work is progressing on the clearing of track in the Mount Union Yard in preparation for Mount Union Central operations.

photo The Mount Union Standard Gauge Scale is the only one still intact on the EBT.

photo Part of the Coal Transfer Plant, this building likely housed water pumping and purification facilities.

photo This is the main in the yard looking south. In the distance hoppers are seen in the South Narrow Gauge Yard. To the left would have been the coal unloading facility and to the right the Narrow Gauge Scale.

photo Looking now in the opposite direction we see the track coming in from the Timber Transfer.

photo At Adams, the Riverview Business Center promises rail service. Soon it will be able to deliver.

photo The Shirleysburg Section House is in the best shape of any on the line.

photo The Markle House served as the residence for the EBT President. It is now an American Legion post.

photo Within the thriving metropolis of Pogue, the EBT Pogue Passing Siding provided trains an opportunity to wait for another train before attacking the Jordan Summit grade.

photo Kylers Bridge reflects in this typically serene portion of Three Springs Creek.

photo In the underbrush the operating south point of the Saltillo Wye rests.

photo In the mountains now, Sideling Hill Tunnels south portal awaits the next train.

photo Inside Coles Tankhouse the reason for the buildings distress is obvious. The reinforcement posts are the result of 'guerella restoration'.

photo Southmost on the EBT, Woodvale Bridge is the only one made of solid I-beams rather than riveted girders.

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