EBT Fall Spectacular 1999 / FEBT 17th Reunion

© 1999 Christopher D Coleman. Reproduction prohibited without express permission. Pictures taken October 7-11, 1999 using Kodachroome 64 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 This is the lower reservoir on Jordan Creek south of the yards. Water is pumped from here to the Reservoir Ponds which supply the water to the locomotives.


photo Tree clearing continues in the Mount Union Yard for Mount Union Connecting Railroad service.

photo More work by the Mount Union Connecting Railroad, here at the enginehouse lead.

photo Here is the new tie-in with the NS main. The stubs in the center are the old creosote plant spur, where the track was cut and moved over to tie into the EBT yard main.

photo Looking north toward the Riverview Business Center, clearing on the EBT main is apparent. This clearing was reportedly done by RBC, but will surely help MTC.

photo Phil Raynes brought his ex-EBT Fairmont speeder as a display for the weekend (and put some test miles on it.) The unit is still waiting for some body work, but the mechanicals look great.

photo #18 was brought out for the weekend and had all her lettering repainted and her brass parts shined (except the boiler bands.)

photo Here's a 3/4 view of #18. Behind her the station and a MOW car are visible.

photo #18, front and center!

photo Near the Riverview Business Center in Allenport, trees have been cleared along the EBT right-of-way.

photo In the foreground is the power cord for her headlight.

photo #18's builder's plate was also buffed up, revealing her heritage.

photo This is a stereo video of M-1 backing out past the Sand House and giving three toots from the whistle. 15.6 sec., 0.42 MB.

photo Look at 'dem pearly whites! All four locos received new accent paint. Here #15 heads out to do a brake test on the passenger train.

photo Here is a closeup of #17's unique Southern valve gear. Southern valve gear is unusual in that there is no connection to the crosshead (the squarish thing in front of the left wheel).

photo M-7 is over the inspection pit behind the Boiler Shop getting her truck chains greased and inspected.

photo Outside the Foundry are a belt driven tumbler and grinder. These two items were completely overlooked by the HAER documentation.

photo This is a 15 second time exposure of the interior of the Car Shop. To the right are two of the three D&RGW cars purchased from an amusement park. The missing benches are now on the EBT's restored flat cars. The third car was partially rebuilt into a coach but never finished. To the left is a weed sprayer and tank. To their right is a single truck cabless Davenport switcher and coupler adapters. In the center distance are the shops machinery. The center track is used to store some of the active cars.

photo Here is the other side of #18 (minus that annoying pink tape).

photo Dusk is covering the landscape between the Allegheny ridge lines as this shot reveals the repainted rear roof at Coles Tankhouse.

photo In Saltillo, the LaPalace Hotel continues it's slow transformation into a bed and breakfast.

photo Last call at the Rockhill Roundhouse. It is actually almost dark, but since the people did not move, you can't tell this is a time exposure. In #18's stall several MOW cars have been lined up for display the next day.

photo The interior of Orbisonia Station is brightly illuminated as the staff and crew meet to prepare for the Spectacular in the adjoining room.


photo After attempts on Friday for one of the restored MOW cars to pull all four cars led to mixed results, the four cars were pulled out by the Silver Sightseer enclosed car (it has a four cylinder instead of a single cylinder). Even she could not get the cars across the siding crossing of Meadow Street. EBT crew members are clearing the rarely used flangeways of gravel to allow the 'train' to pass.

photo Now in place on the parking siding, these are the two freshly restored cars.

photo #14 on her way out to pick up the Passenger train whistles for the crossing and passes the MOW cars, M-1, M-7 and #18. 23.4 sec., 0.63 MB.

photo With the MOW cars restored last year in the foreground and those restored this year in the background, #15 steams out to take the freight beside #14 and her passenger consist. #17 on 'the table' makes her presence known as well on this gloomy Saturday.

photo #18 almost looks alive with #14 working behind her.

photo Behind #15, the Shade Gap Picnic Train passes through Douglas Summit.

photo #15 is backing the Shade Gap Picnic Train around the north leg of the Colgate Grove Wye. She is putting out quite an effort. 48.7 sec., 1.3 MB.

photo IT'S A TRAIN! SHOOT IT! #14 shows her good side to the spectators at Colgate Grove.

photo Now on the Freight Train at Colgate Grove, #17 does the honors.

photo Returning to town, the view from the cupola is second to none.

photo The 1999 annual Whistle Salute ... In PANORAMA!

photo Here is the 'stepping whistles' part of the Saturday Whistle Salute. 48.7 sec., 0.76 MB.

photo This year, instead of a single combined blast, Joe Kovalchick lead the locos in a 21 whistle salute. Here are the last 6 blasts. 25.0 sec., 0.23 MB.

photo The Rockhill shops in an unusually uncluttered view.

photo Here's a closer view of the restored MOW car.

photo A thirsty #15 takes a deserved drink at the South Standpipe while #12 waits by the Coal Dock.

photo #15 and #12 prepare for the last set of day trains on Saturday.

photo A sticky valve on the standpipe gives #12's tender trucks a washing. #15 and the freight depart for the station as #12 awaits the next call to duty.

photo At the Boiler House the grate where coal was dumped for the shop boilers is evident. There was likely a conveyor entering the building where the rectangular patch is, dumping it into the coal bunker just on the other side of the wall.

photo Inside #18 these are the backhead appliances on the engineer's side. The brake stand is visible off to the right.

photo On top of the boiler is the steam gauge and the end of the throttle lever.

photo Here is the fireman's side of the boiler.

photo The control stand for M-7 is simple in comparison to #18's cab.

photo After the annual Night Train it was time for the Night Photo Session put on by Steve Barry from Railfan Magazine. It started raining as the Night Train left the station and didn't let up any for the photographers. So there were thirty five photographers with expensive cameras, Bounty paper towels and plastic bags in the incessant rain. The security lights were turned off for the exposure and the complete lack of light made focusing tricky at best. These are the uncropped exposures.

This is the first exposure. The headlight of #15 was on for about 3 seconds of a 30 second exposure for that appearance. There were 8 or 10 hoppers on the train with coach 8 on the end, though you can not see it.

photo In the second exposure there was a period photographer added. Since this is the uncropped version you can see the flash crew in the left part of the photo.

photo Stanley Hall did the honors on the pilot for the third shot.

photo Dropping the train, #15 now poses between the Sand House and the Boiler Shop. The extra in the photo is an attempt to recapture the flavor of one of O. Winston Link's classic night photos.

photo At this point we had to follow #15 as she headed back into the stall. She was actively being cleaned during this exposure. As you can see, our period photographer is back.


photo #17 lies in wait for the first two trains of the day to return for her to spring into action. She had been sidelined the day before with a leaky flue, but it turned out not to be too serious.

photo Every tool in the shops has a place.

photo This is the forge for the Boiler House. To the left is the hand shear and to the right a wood MOW car.

photo Dominating the Machine Shop is this massive planer. It has a section of rail in it as a demonstration of the type of work it performed.

photo This little device is a scaler. It is used to flex locomotive flues just enough to crack off the scale deposits left from less than pure boiler water.

photo Above all the machines is a spider's web of overhead belts, pulleys and shafts. Can you imagine having to keep these maintained and running six days a week?

photo This is the brake cylinder lathe.

photo This is a closeup of the shops steam engine. To the right is the cylinder, to the left the main pulley and flywheel. Under the wood cribbing is the main rod and in front of it is the valve gear. The cribbing is helping to support the roof beam between the Machine Shop and Boiler House.

photo These two grinders are in the rear of the Machine Shop.

photo There is no question where this wrench belongs.

photo This bolt threader is in the rear of the Machine Shop.

photo In the Boiler Shop are many grinding tools. Here are two in the rear of the shop.

photo In the Blacksmiths Shop this is the backside of the big Steam Hammer.

photo These pot-belly stoves were assembled from parts lying about in the Foundry.

photo This is the Foundry Gantry for moving the casting boxes.

photo The Foundry's Sand Room stores the special casting sand used with the wood patterns.

photo #16 did not venture out this year, but that didn't keep me from trying to get a shot of her too.

photo #15, #12 and #14 (l to r) are lined up for the Sunday Whistle Salute. They did the more traditional 'mass' toot' instead of the 21 whistle salute as on Saturday.

photo Here again is Phil Raynes' former EBT Fairmont motor car, parked at the ready to be loaded onto his trailer.

photo #14 waits her turn over the inspection pit as #15 steams impatiently behind.

photo #15 is now at the inspection pit while #14 is getting a grate cleaning ahead at the ash pit.

photo Here is a closeup of #15's Walschearts valve gear. Compare it to #17's photo above.


photo In Mount Union the EBT main is clear all the way to the NS main.

photo Mount Union Connecting's first piece of equipment rolls down the main to an appointment at the enginehouse.

photo Below the gaze of Jacks Mountain, the hi-railer approaches the enginehouse switch.

photo The hi-railer shoves a small office on a trailer into #6's stall in the Mount Union Enginehouse.

photo Inside the enginehouse #3 waits for the next call to duty. This view inside her firebox shows she received a good cleaning after she made the last common carrier EBT movement in 1956.

photo This is the engineers side Walschearts valve gear. Above in the photo one could see #3 has a power reverse (the cylinder in the photo helped move the valve gear from forward to reverse and in between).

photo This one-handed shot of the interior of #3's smokebox shows that, unlike the firebox, it did not get cleaned out. This part of the loco was also exposed to the elements when the roof of the enginehouse deteriorated.

photo Unlike #6 which has the main rod connected to the middle driver, #3's is connected to the rear driver, likely to make room for the external valve gear. Compare this to #6 from the same angle.

photo #3's tender still proudly displays her owner's initials.

photo Sideling Hill Tunnel under bright lights and a REALLY long exposure.

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