EBT Fall Spectacular 2000 / FEBT 18th Reunion

© 2000 Christopher D Coleman. Reproduction prohibited without express permission. Pictures taken October 5-9, 2000 using Kodachroome 64 and Ektachrome 400 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 In Woodvale, the mine #6 Boiler House still stands to service a mine long gone.

photo Between the Boiler House and the Dynamo House is the Engine House, which, like its counterpart in Robertsdale, provided the mechanical work to operate the mine cables. This one serviced Mine #6, the shaft mine.

photo This is the Ash Pit outside the Robertsdale Enginehouse. Like its Mount Union counterpart, the enginehouse had an ash pit on only one of the two tracks.

photo One of the cable spindles for Mine #1 still survives in the brush near the mine entrance.

photo EBT's Robertsdale Station and the Rockhill Iron and Coal Post Office now serve as a museum for the Friends of the East Broad Top.

photo This is a 30 second exposure of the interior of the Wrays Hill Tunnel, taken from the safety of the concrete lined portal. It is all to clear why it is unwise to enter the tunnel. A little of the far portal can just be made out.

photo This night photo of #16 out for display was taken using a long exposure and a high powered light.


photo In Mount Union, morning mists still drift across the narrow rails. As the mists clear, so does the gloom upon the rail as wheels will soon ply them once again.

photo In Rockhill, preparations include cleanup work on Orbisonia Station.

photo In the trees at the south end of the Rockhill yard lies the EBT's only four bay hopper, an experiment and the last to be built of the original hopper construction program.

photo The star of the show, #16 is on display in preparation for the spectacular the next day. She's coupled to about eight of the restored hoppers. Frank Shoup and the other RTY volunteers deserve the credit for this.

photo Up close and personal with #16.

photo Hopper 994 sets in line behind #16 to represent a period coal drag.

photo Hopper 951 has the honor to be placed right behind the tender.

photo M-7 is spotted next to #16 for a test of the air compressor powered whistle. The air line can be seen going over the back of the tender to a tank in the coal bunker.

photo A Railways to Yesterday track crew installs ties in track five to ensure the safe parking of M-7. The crew members are (L to R) Henry Long (on the spike maul), unknown (on the spike puller), Phil Glass (M-1 and M-7 engineer), Phil Raynes (M-1 and M-7 conductor), and Joel Salmon (RTY President).

photo Now ready for the event, #16 sports flags and fresh trim and roof paint, courtesy of RTY.

photo #17, out to loosen up for tomorrow's runs, smokes up a storm by the Sand House.

photo As sisters #15 and #16 pass, the former's smoke trail nearly makes the latter look alive. It seems strange to see #16 in common carrier garb with american flags on the front and #15 in tourist era garb without them.

photo As they pass, the difference in size between the two locomotives becomes more apparent.

photo As #15 with hoppers passes #16 and her display coal drag, it nearly looks like 1955 again in Rockhill Furnace.

photo The interior of #16's firebox looks pretty clean.

photo One last shot of #16 and her charge before the crowds shuffle in tomorrow.


photo #14 rolls out Saturday morning past the Car Shop to take the freight train for the day.

photo #14, at engineer Tom Holder's command, manuvers in beside #15 to hook up to the freight train. To the right is the last hopper in #16's static consist.

photo M-7, with Phil Glass at the helm and Phil Raynes on the rail, passes the steamers on the way to park near #16.

photo The second train, the Shade Gap Picnic Train, prepares to depart the station behind #14. #16 stands back on the adjacent track and #17 spews steam into the air in the distance of the main.

photo As #14 and train depart, M-1 has been fired up and is preparing to move to the station.

photo #17 steams past her slightly senior sister. The peculiar design of #17's modified kerosene headlight contrasts with #16's newer electric era one. Its blue tint makes it look even newer than that.

photo #17 continues past #16.

photo From this angle the similarities of the two locomotives are apparent. Curiously, #16 seems to lack one of #17's grab irons on the smokebox.

photo The crowd gathers for the noon whistle salute.

photo Saturday afternoon, FEBT held a tour of the Mount Union Yard for attendees of the FEBT Fall Reunion. Those who had not wandered off by the end of the tour gathered for a photo on top of the Mount Union Yard Culvert.

photo During the night photo session #16 and #15 are lit up for the photo line.

photo During this long exposure #16's flags kept on fluttering.

photo At the Coal Dock #15 is lit up with crew members on the pilot and in the cab.

photo In the distance, #15 approaches the Carpentry Shop and slips down the shop track toward the roundhouse.

photo #15 at the Ash Pit. Not such a great photo, but an excellent effect with the steam.

photo Night falls on the new and the old. M-7 and #18 are lit up with the remaining flash pack after the formal photo shoot ended.

photo With the last power of the flash packs, a few pulses illuminated Orbisonia Station.


photo #17 prepares for the day over the Ash Pit as eager spectators look on.

photo Sunday morning is unusually brisk, even for October, making the show of steam that much more 'Spectacular'.

photo #17 waters up near the Coal Docks while continuing to vent steam from her open cylinder cocks.

photo Slowly departing after her drink, #17 creeps northward within a veil of her own steam.

photo The veil tightens as she picks up speed.

photo At last the steam lifts as the black lady hits stride.

photo The engineer remains vigilant as the locomotive passes, destined for service.

photo The Storehouses behind the Farm House lack the right angles they once had, but continue to serve their intended purpose.

photo Within the Locomotive Shop a battered Plymouth switcher awaits a return to service that will be a long time coming. Behind it one of three clones to the M-7 also play ladies in waiting.

photo A long exposure in the Boiler Shop reveals a plethora of equipment on display. To the left are a collection of railroad jacks lined up beside two welding machines. Center is a baggage cart in front of several gas powered maintenance cars. To the right is the huge Niles punch and shear machine.

photo Back in the Locomotive Shop two GE centercabs, twins of M-7, wait, hoping service is in their futures.

photo The massive Power Roll in the Boiler Shop was used to create sheets like those used in tank car #116.

photo Near the Power Roll is this smaller Hand Roll to perform the same job on a smaller scale.

photo Across the shop this hefty grinder is still in service for the railroad.

photo Down the wall this Pipe Threader has been adapted to an electric motor to keep it in service.

photo This is one of two gas powered maintenance cars in the Boiler Shop. It may have been a conversion from a mechanical handcar.

photo A forge is an indispensable tool on any railroad, for it is not without reason they call it the Iron Horse. This is the only forge in the main complex of buildings.

photo The EBT's two antique welding machines look good for their age. The EBT was primarily a rivet operations, but two welded tenders reveal the EBT was not above modern technology.

photo The rear of the second welder reveals the exposed circuitry of the machine.

photo An antique sickle bar grass cutter powered by a single cylinder gas engine. It is setting on top of a track maintenance trailer.

photo Another conversion to an independent electric motor, this drill press is surrounded by drill filings, testament to its continued use.

photo Beside the drill press, this large stone grinder would likely have been used to keep the drill bits sharp.

photo With the previous grinder in the background, this truely large emery wheel grinder stands five feet high and would handle the largest grinding jobs in the shops.

photo Here is a closer view of the railroad jacks in the center of the Boiler Shop.

photo This is the punch end of the big Niles-Bement-Pond Punch and Shear.

photo This is an overall shot of the Boiler Shop interior looking toward the Locomotive Shop.

photo This is the opposite shear end of the big Niles-Bement-Pond Punch and Shear.

photo Nestled in a corner of the Locomotive Shop is the steam driven air compressor for the shops complex.

photo Front and center in the Locomotive Shop is the large Locomotive Wheel Lathe. The wheel set on display is much smaller than the sets usually turned in such a large machine.

photo This lathe was used for the machining of the surfaces on brake cylinders, the devices on railcars that apply air from the air brake lines against the brake shoes.

photo Another of the many lathes, this is the one was used to machine the surface of axles before the similarly machined wheels were pressed on by the machine to the left of this lathe.

photo This unique machine is the only Slotter in the shops.

photo In the Machine Shop, this is the main workbench. Even today a disassembled locomotive dynamo (generator) awaits repair.

photo Wrenches, their design varied as the landscape, await the next nut to turn. Events still call these veteran tools off their pegs even today.

photo Drills, like lathes, were a tool constantly in need in a railroad shop. This one is in the Machine Shop.

photo From the rear, the Machine Shop is a plethora of belts, machines and parts awaiting their turn through the shops.

photo In the far reaches of the Machine Shop, this small grinding wheel would be for finer work than the other grinders.

photo Beside the small grinder is another one for specialty use.

photo Machinists have needs too. Attached to the Boiler Shop is a four hole privey for the relief of the shops workers.

photo Restored in 1984 by Bruce Saylor and a team of FEBT volunteers, the 'spider' gas maintenance car was brought out for display for the first time since 1996. She did not run due to a damaged spark plug which was being rebuilt by RTY member Phil Glass.

photo The Spider and the EBT's enclosed Fairmont car pose together near the trolley museum.

photo A nearly identical car, this one was sold off in the 60's or 70's and later purchased by RTY member Phil Raynes. He is restoring it and brings it each year to display at the Fall Spectacular.

photo This is a closeup of the Spider's engine.

photo #14 passes the shops buildings with the passenger train. She is the first locomotive to arrive for the Sunday Whistle Salute.

photo #15, #17 and #14 are lined up for the Sunday Whistle Salute. #12 is in the rear.

photo Phil Glass, RTY member and M-1 engineer and caretaker, explains the rocking motion of M-1 is due to her 'cut down' plans from a standard gauge car that did not include updated suspension.

photo In the front compartment of the M-1, the 1928 Brill engine and Westinghouse generator crank away to keep the car moving.

photo On the opposite side of the engine room is the seat for the engineer. The position offers little protection from the noise of the engine.

photo Things are afoot in Rockhill when M-1 returns.

photo The passenger train waits in the yard as the Shade Gap Picnic Train boards at the station.

photo "TOP of the world, ma!" M-1 heads to the stable and is briefly visible between the Boiler House and the Foundry.

photo After dropping her train, #17 heads toward the roundhouse.

photo After dropping her train in turn, #14 follows suit after #17 and heads for the barn.

photo #17 gets a cleaning at the Ash Pit while #14 waits her turn at the Inspection Pit.

photo For those of you who have wondered what your intrepid author looks like, here is your chance. No, I'm not as young as I look, trust me.

photo The man and the machine. Without the machine, man is without ability. Without the man, the machine is but cold steel. Together they can move mountains.

Richard Morgan crosses the turntable ahead of #17 preparing to use his booming voice to clear the spectators from the path of her blowdown valve. Rich passed away in March of 2001 of a sudden stroke. It is the people of the EBT who have granted her such a unique character, and without them, she becomes but cold steel.

photo The life drains from #17 as her steam escapes from her blowdown valve. Soon she will receive a push from #14 into her stall, the latter taking the balance of trains for the season. #17 will doze and have her scars mended until she reemerges to battle gravity in another season.


photo South of Rockhill, an early branch off the EBT. The Booher Branch serviced an iron mine on Blacklog Mountain.

photo Another long exposure, this time of Sideling Hill Tunnel reveals how much better shape it is in than Wrays Hill Tunnel.

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