2000 Opening / FEBT Summer Celebration 2000

© 2000 Christopher D Coleman. Reproduction prohibited without express permission. Pictures taken June 2-4, 2000 using Kodachroome 64 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 In Mount Union this is the former location of hopper 1044, sold to the Cumbres and Toltec in May.

photo The Mount Union Engine House has received some more paint since the spring, and the lead to the east stall has been cleared of trees.


photo Upon drinking her fill, #14 heads north to rendezvous with her train for the day.

photo EBT's remaining Fairmont motor car comes out of the Electrical Shop lean-to for some needed maintenance on the drive belt.

photo #14 departs Orbisonia Station with a trainload of passengers.

photo Caboose #28, always a favorite with kids of all ages, prepares for the day's excursions. She has received rebuilt window panes.

photo The last of the EBT's coaches, #8, continues to do the job for which she was built.

photo Boxcar #175, on the other hand, has taken a role that her designers and builders surely could never have guessed.

photo #119 is a bit more believable in the passenger hauling role, though any EBT fan would wish to see more patrons making use of her new talent.

photo The basic black paint of #117 seems to have won her the fans of the 'cinder and smoke' experience for this trip.

photo The second train of the season departs.

photo Basic black, again seems the vogue for hoppers. The ten operable hoppers at the railroad received a fresh coat of black paint during the spring. Most have yet to receive their white lettering.

photo Commencing the annual FEBT shops tour, EBT General Manager Stanley Hall shares a laugh with the group.

photo The Shops Office stands a constant vigil over the yard.

photo In the Roundhouse #17 gets her yearly maintenance in preparation for the Fall Spectacular in October.

photo #16 stands ready should the call for her services come.

photo M-4 rests in the Paint Shop. She currently does the day to day 'run about' jobs on the railroad.

photo From the inside, the unfinished passenger car the 'Aughwick'. The car is built on what was originally a D&RG flatcar and later an amusement park open sided car.

photo In the Blacksmith Shop this unit is a small oven for the tempering of springs.

photo A forge in the Blacksmith Shop, this one was used for high temperature work. The white brick around the top are refractory material, like those made in the Mount Union refractory plants. They act as a temperature resistant hood.

photo This one is a pretty standard blacksmith's forge. To the right of it under all the locomotive grates is a quenching tub for use with the forge.

photo Here is the equipment used to place safe ends on locomotive flues. At center is a forge specially designed for heating locomotive flues for the welding and swaging process.

photo This small specialized hammer was used to join the flues and the safe end (and extension piece of flue) together after they are joined and heated. It is also used to swag the new end of the flue to fit into the locomotive tube sheet.

photo This is the standard coal fired blacksmith's forge, with the specialized flue equipment at right.

photo This rather underlit photo is the hydrostatic (hydraulic) pump that supplied the shops. Like the main steam engine, it is covered by the cribbing that supports the roof now.

photo This is one of the many Grinders in the shops.

photo In the Car Shop one begins to see more woodworking tools like this Band Saw.

photo This is the larger Planer in the building.

photo Here we see more woodworking tools with this Chop Saw.

photo Here is the Table Saw, the third of four saws in the building.

photo To the left of this photo is a large electric motor that was likely added after 1960 to operate the overhead lines in this building without the use of the main steam engine. To the right are the Motor and Pump that supply water to the Reservoir Ponds on the hillside southeast of the yard.

photo This is one of two Planers in the Car Shop.

photo An overall look of the interior of the Car Shop looking to the south.

photo A motley crew of equipment is evident in this shot inside the Car Shop looking north.

photo This Davenport cabless switcher apparently came from the US Steel Clairton Works. It has never been observed turning a wheel at the EBT.

photo A closeup of the journal box interior on an EBT Hopper. The circular part is the end of the axle, solidly fixed to the wheels. Above it the gold wedge is the axle bearing, which rides on the machined surface near the end of the axle. Above it is a wedge that transfers the weight of the car from the journal box to the bearing.

photo The last train of the day heads onto the wye to turn and unload.


photo South of Adams Siding the right-of-way has been cleared to the width of the track.

photo The points of the south switch of Adams Siding are visible here.

photo This cut is Morrisons Summit, the first summit on the line.

photo In Mount Union, five hoppers were purchased by the Cumbres and Toltec in May. These are the locations of hopper 1054 (left) and an unknown hopper (right).

photo This is the former location of hopper 888. See the News Article for the details.

photo The second train on Sunday departs for the grove, about to cross Rockhill Furnace Bridge.

photo Tom Holder holds the reigns of #14 as she passes.

photo #14 turns the second train of the day and prepares to return to the station to board for the third.

photo Aboard the third train, the interior of caboose #28 is a bit more plush now than when trainmen rode in her.

photo #14 breaks a sweat backing the train around the north leg of the wye at the grove.

photo #14 poses at the grove for an admiring crowd.

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