EBT 1999 Opening / FEBT Summer Celebration 1999

© 1999 Christopher D Coleman. Reproduction prohibited without express permission. Pictures taken June 4-6, 1999 using Kodachroome 64 and 200 and Ektachrome 400 and 1600 in a Minolta Maxxum 7xi. Images were scanned directly from Kodalux developed slides. Sounds and video from Cannon 8mm camcorder. Comments by Chris Coleman.


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photo A nice new sign telling of the dates and times of train operations strapped to a vintage EBT MOW trailer graces the track next to Orbisonia Station. Across the tracks is the marker for a time capsule planted in the early 1960's.

photo Beneath the south arch of the Aughwick Bridge sun and water cast mysterious reflections on the concrete. This is the underside of the southmost arch. The shimmering light pattern is a result of the right combination of light and wind playing on the water.

photo In Mount Union, the switch at the junction of the main and the enginehouse spur receives new ties.

photo Above Three Springs on the side of Jacks Mountain, NARCo the ganister quarry serviced by the EBT remains. Here is the scale house used to weigh the rock before sending it to the crusher then to the tipple for shipment. The scale resided in the pit to the left of the building.

photo In the Rockhill Furnace Yard an attempt at long exposure photography at the Carpentry Shop yields lackluster results. These are the spare locomotive tires leaning against the shop building.

photo Another time exposure, this time of boxcar 181 with the passing cars on Meadow Street leaving light streaks in the distance.

photo #181 again with the faint outline of the Boiler House in the background.


photo A bright and clear day marks the beginning of the 1999 season at Old Easty. In Rockhill, the Shops Office observes the commencement of operations.

photo Across the escape track, the Paint Shop keeps an eye on the Shops Office. Today it houses M-3, M-4, occasionally M-6 and the unfinished Aughwick coach.

photo #14 steps into the light to perform the honors for the day. She has just been aligned with the turntable lead.

photo #14 belongs, as usual, to engineer Tom Holder this run. He is ready to take her off the turntable.

photo A closeup of #14 at Colgate Grove shows her Hancock Inspirator Type A injector and Pyle National dynamo.

photo To the surprise of all, M-1 ventured out to stretch her legs after a long winter's nap. She received some work to ready her for her limited runs during the season.

photo At the beginning of the FEBT shops tour, M-1 has returned to her stall in the Roundhouse.

photo #17 receives work for the upcoming Fall Spectacular where she will make her yearly appearance.

photo #12's smokebox door hangs open as if in the midst of a yawn after a long nap. Inside, the cinder catching screen is revealed. The screen is intended to catch most of the larger cinders before they go up the stack and cause brush fires. The funnel that leads the stack (called the petticoat) is visible inside.

photo Cold for 44 years, #18 waits for a call to duty. She has made rare excursions outside the roundhouse for display.

photo Beside #18, #16 similarly awaits her call as well. She was reportedly rebuilt not long after the end of regular operations.

photo After the Roundhouse, the group pauses to hear a few words from EBT General Manager Stanley Hall.

photo Inside the Blacksmiths Shop spare locomotive springs litter the floor near one of the many forges here.

photo A belt driven reciprocating saw glistens in the windows. It is belt driven from a shaft in the Machine Shop, as is the hammer beside it.

photo They don't call it the Blacksmiths Shop for nothing. This standard Blacksmith's Forge awaits its next use.

photo Here are two more of the four forges in the building. In the front is another Blacksmith's Forge and behind is a specialized Flue Forge.

photo This curious contraption is a Locomotive Flue Hammer and is still used to shape and heat weld locomotive flues.

photo This is a closeup of the Flue Forge used in conjunction with the Locomotive Flue Hammer.

photo Dominating the building's interior is this large Steam Hammer.

photo Now in the Foundry, the cupola furnace and gantry are the largest items.

photo Here's a better shot of the furnace. To the right is a small wall mounted gantry used for the smaller brass furnace.

photo In the Car Shop this is the electric motor and pump that keeps the water flowing to EBT locos by topping off the Reservoir Ponds.

photo Also in the Car Shop, here is a belt driven band saw.

photo This large Davenport switcher has been sitting in the Car Shop for some time. It is believed to have come to the property with M-6. Since it has only two axles it would be very hard on the track. That and the fact that it is cabless likely keeps it out of service.

photo . This belt driven circular saw lies at the end of the building where there are no overhead lines. It's original location is not known.

photo . In this rather dark picture you can just make out the Chop Saw table in the middle.

photo This shot shows the Davenport switcher and a planer in the foreground.

photo To the left is a drill press and to the right is the band saw. Some of the overhead lines are visible.

photo This photo is the same as the previous shot, just with a better view of the machines.

photo . Although it's hard to see, there is a planer/shaper in this shot.

photo . Here is the transverse jack used to lower driving wheel sets off of locomotives. The jack was restored in 1987 when #14 was rebuilt here.

photo . Out of the shops now, this is the interior of Saltillo Station. You can see the ticket window and the deplorable condition of the roof.

photo . This is the interior of the bay window. Little roof remains.


photo North of the Mount Union Yard preparations are underway to reconnect the EBT main (left) to the old Pennsy spur (right).

photo The little borough of Shirleysburg was once served by the EBT and current operations end just south of here.

photo Inside the Paint Shop the unfinished steel framed coach, the "Aughwick", rests. It is built on the frame of an old D&RGW flatcar that was later converted into a passenger car for use in an amusement park.

photo At the south end of the yard the Section House and Handcar Shed slowly ebb to the ravages of the elements.

photo This is a vew of the same two buildings from the south. The ailment of the Handcar Shed is especially apparent.

photo Horsepower versus horsepower as the iron horse meets its flesh-and-blood counterpart. The latter was less than pleased with the gasps and toots of the former.

photo #14 rests leisurely at Colgate Grove, awaiting departure time.

photo The excursion train waits behind #14 with the parlor car Orbisonia bringing up the rear.

photo Looking out the rear of the Orbisonia parlor car we see the end of the operating railroad in the brush south of Rockhill Furnace.

photo Rusty hoppers on the sidings of Rochill await the next load of coal that will never come.

photo The interior of the Orbisonia has received new leather furniture for the 1999 season. The original wicker furniture used in the car was badly worn and was removed for safe keeping.

photo Inside Coles Tankhouse the side of the tank is marked for its maker.

photo Deep in the forests of the Alleghenies, Coles Tankhouse defies the elements while awaiting the next train which is 44 years overdue.

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