EBT Winter Hop 2000

© 2000 Christopher D Coleman. Reproduction prohibited without express permission. Pictures taken February 18-20, 2000 using Kodachroome 64 in a Minolta Maxxum 7xi. Images were scanned directly from Kodalux developed slides. Comments by Chris Coleman.


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photo The winter snows are upon the Mount Union Yard of the East Broad Top. The rails have the slightest glint to them, indicating a hi-railer continues to tread these rails.

photo The Mount Union Enginehouse has received a coat of paint from the Mount Union Central folks, owners of the aforementioned hi-railer.

photo Shorty hopper 618 and three sisters were built in 1931 as an experiment for ganister service. They were used to the end of service but no more of the type were built. All four are still on the property.

photo Number 633 (mislabled 663) is one of the other three shorty hoppers. The two others hide amongst the cars in the background.

photo Number 807 is one of the ten hoppers in the EBT's first batch of steel hoppers. All were converted from two bays into either three bays, side discharge or flat bays, like 807. 807 is the only flat bayed car still on it's trucks.

photo Clearing for the Mount Union Connecting has continued south of the new 522 Crossing. Work stretches for about a mile south of the crossing.

photo Orbisonia Station sports a dusting of snow but still advertizes it's next call to service.

photo The Rockhill shops in the coldest season, much as they would have looked during the Winter Spectaculars of days past.

photo Just west of Three Springs, the foundations of the second of three NARCo tipples still stand above the grade of a short EBT siding.

photo From the second (and first) tipple there was a funicular, or steep cable driven railway up to the quarry level. The cable from the funicular is still in place and apparently was caught in a notch of this tree long ago.

photo Inside the Saltillo Station, stabilization efforts have been made. These reinforcements are part of an effort to shore up the roof of the building.

photo As at McMullins Summit and Jordan, at Fairview there was a road overpass bridge. Unlike the other two, this one has been bypassed and allowed to deteriorate and collapse.

photo South of Fairview, a fill, like many on the EBT, is a haven for tree growth. This one I refer to as 'Sherwood Forest' due to the size of the trees.


photo Winter is the best season for spotting old railroad grades with the snow accenting the curves and folds of the land. Here, at Joller, the two grades entering the mine site are clearly visible at the left center and right center.

photo From the grade of the EBT Coles Valley Branch near the top of Wrays Hill, the ridgelines that challenged the EBT are visible. The nearest is Sideling Hill with Morelands Gap at center providing passage for the EBT's Sideling Hill Tunnel. Just visible through the gap is Clear Ridge that the EBT clings along to gain altitude. Beyond is the south end of Jacks Mountain with Saltillo and Three Springs at it's base. In the distance is Blacklog Mountain which borders the twin boroughs of Orbisonia and Rockhill Furnace.

photo Just west of Wrays Hill on the EBT main, this bridge takes the EBT across bucolic Trough Creek for the first of five times.

photo North along Trough Creek is the site of the village of Wrays Hill, a mining camp in the early days of the railroad. A siding in the trees to the left once serviced two coal mines here.

photo As dusk closes in on the Alleghenies, a thin tuft of coal smoke lifts from Orbisonia Station. Even in the depths of winter Old Easty lives on.

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