EBT Locomotive #6

© 1999 Christopher D Coleman. Reproduction prohibited without express permission. Pictures taken May 8, 1999 using Kodachroome 64 in a Minolta Maxxum 7xi. Images were scanned directly from the Kodalux developed slides. Comments by Chris Coleman.

After the end of EBT common carrier service, EBT #6 was stored in the Mount Union Enginehouse until 1975 when she was sold to the Whitewater Valley Railroad in Indiana. There she served into the early 1980's when she was torn down for a rebuild. Due to the Whitewater's sudden purchase of the Penn Central line on which the operated in order to preserve their operation, funds to complete the rebuild of #6 were not available. Subsequently, Indiana boiler laws were changed outlawing #6's lap seam boiler. Since then she has set disassembled.

For more infomation on the lomotive, see the EBT #6 for Sale news item.


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photo The front sand dome still bears the EBT style number.

photo In this view you can see the back head and air pump mount. Below the cab deck is the air brake reservoir. Notice how much higher the cab deck is from the tender deck.

photo A closeup of the boiler shows the locomotive's Achilles heel. The boiler sheets are overlapped and riveted together rather than being joined by a narrow plate riveted to both plates. The result of a lap seam is a slightly uneven distribution of force on the boiler. The lap seam boiler was made illegal in Indiana during #6's rebuild, resulting in her current condition. The lagging that would normally cover the boiler plate has been removed for that rebuild.

photo At the rear of the tender is the mounting plate for couplers, one position for standard and two for 3/4 size. This rear beam represents the general condition of her wood parts.

photo #6 still has her number and builder's plates, which are deteriorating. Most of her wood components are rotted out. Her boiler is not in good shape but her frame seems solid.

photo Interior of the Smokebox. The flues are stored in the tender.

photo Interior of the firebox as seen through the firebox door. The grates were nowhere to be seen. The narrow bottom of the box is so that it can fit between the rear set of drivers, a feature that made such locos harder to steam. Later EBT locos had wider fireboxes set behind the drivers.

photo Looking at the boiler from the tender deck, we see the boiler flues stacked in the tender.

photo This is her inside-frame crank linking to rocker arms transferring the motion out to the valves. This was known as a Stephenson valve gear. All other extant EBT locos have the more modern eccentric crank outside the frame, with Walschaert or Southern valve gear.

photo A courteous Whitewater Valley volunteer showed me the replacement cab fabricated for #6 but never applied.

photo The engineer's side builder's plate shows the locomotive's date and lineage. It turns out that both the number and builder's plate on the locomotive are reproductions and the originals are stored inside the building.

photo The number plate shows the last vestiges of paint.

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