Friends of the East Broad Top

Friends of the East Broad Top Dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the East Broad Top Railroad National Historic Landmark
The Friends of the East Broad Top, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, tax-exempt educational and historical society dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the East Broad Top Railroad National Historic Landmark in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania.
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#TBT. What is one of your favorite East Broad Top Railroad memories?
11/22/2019

#TBT. What is one of your favorite East Broad Top Railroad memories?

Another fantastic #FallReunion is in the books. We'd like to thank the East Broad Top Railroad for allowing us to visit ...
11/14/2019

Another fantastic #FallReunion is in the books. We'd like to thank the East Broad Top Railroad for allowing us to visit the shops, enjoy speeder rides, and photograph #17 on the turntable. We also greatly appreciate the Bricktown Model Railroaders Association for hosting us in Mt. Union and the Northside Restaurant for our evening dinner on Saturday!

Look at this M-6 and rolling stock on display! For size comparison, the hoppers on the table are G-scale.
11/09/2019

Look at this M-6 and rolling stock on display! For size comparison, the hoppers on the table are G-scale.

Our model and photo competitions are underway. Our members are getting their votes in.
11/09/2019

Our model and photo competitions are underway. Our members are getting their votes in.

Our Fall Reunion is underway!
11/09/2019

Our Fall Reunion is underway!

Here are more pictures from this past weekend's East Broad Top Railroad photo event courtesy of Charlene Gillam. We love...
11/07/2019

Here are more pictures from this past weekend's East Broad Top Railroad photo event courtesy of Charlene Gillam. We love sharing your photos!

Yesterday the East Broad Top Railroad hosted a photo session for a group of photographers. Highlights of the event inclu...
11/03/2019

Yesterday the East Broad Top Railroad hosted a photo session for a group of photographers. Highlights of the event included bringing steam locomotive #17 out onto the turntable and taking gas-electric car M-1 to the station. A big thanks goes to the EBT and the Kovalchick Corporation for developing this event.

Do you want to get involved in helping to preserve the EBT? Consider becoming a member of the Friends of the East Broad Top and joining the movement to preserve this unique railroad: https://bit.ly/2NfIGqR

Photos by Brian J. Smith.

We still have folks asking about tours of the EBT Shops in 2019 so here is a quick recap. All the info is below. Bear in...
05/10/2019

We still have folks asking about tours of the EBT Shops in 2019 so here is a quick recap. All the info is below. Bear in mind space is limited and some tours have already filled up, but more have been added.

Hey there! We've received permission to offer public tours of the East Broad Top's historic roundhouse and machine shops again this summer. We'll start out with four dates -- Saturday, June 8; Saturday, July 20; Saturday, August 10; and Sunday, September 1. Tours will start at 11 a.m. and last about 90 minutes, and they’ll be led by volunteers from the Friends of the East Broad Top. The cost will be $10 per person (bring cash -- there are no credit-card machines in the roundhouse) for anyone over age 12. Persons 12 and under are free, but keep in mind that this is a detailed, history oriented, 90-minute tour. (Translation: It is not meant for kids, unless the kid in question is a serious, devoted railfan.) Please make sure everyone in your party wears clothes that can stand up to a little roundhouse grime, and closed-toed shoes with sturdy soles. Also, because each tour is limited to 25 people, you'll need to reserve your space by emailing Lawrence Biemiller ([email protected]).

UPDATE: The 11 a.m. tours on June 8 and July 20 are full, so we’ve added 2 p.m. tours on both days.

Keep in mind that after your visit, you can visit our friends at the Rockhill Trolley Museum and take a trolley ride along a portion of the EBT's former Shade Gap Branch. Feel free to share this post as you see fit. We look forward to seeing you at the EBT!

What is your favorite memory of the East Broad Top Railroad? #EastBroadTop📷 Nick Ozorak
05/05/2019

What is your favorite memory of the East Broad Top Railroad? #EastBroadTop

📷 Nick Ozorak

Here's a flashback to 1973 on the EBT. Photo by Bill Howes, provided by Marty Bernard.
04/05/2019

Here's a flashback to 1973 on the EBT. Photo by Bill Howes, provided by Marty Bernard.

Window sashes too fragile to be reinstalled were offered to volunteers for reuse as picture frames. Once the weather war...
03/27/2019

Window sashes too fragile to be reinstalled were offered to volunteers for reuse as picture frames. Once the weather warms up, says Charlie Wootton, volunteers will paint and install new sashes (with glass saved from the old ones), and then get back to gluing on the rubber roof. In the foreground is Jim Bacon, longtime chief of one of the volunteer crews. In the combine’s doorway is Zac Reitmeyer, a comparatively recent addition to the volunteer list.

Multiple layers of paint are being scraped off the interior of Combine 14 — look closely and you’ll see an FEBT member l...
03/25/2019

Multiple layers of paint are being scraped off the interior of Combine 14 — look closely and you’ll see an FEBT member lying on the scaffolding to scrap paint off the ceiling. Charlie Wootton says volunteers have so far found black, light tan, two shades of red, and two shades of green in the car, which the EBT bought used from the Boston, Revere Beach & Lynn more than 100 years ago.

Sunday’s FEBT volunteers gather in the Paint Shop for the morning meeting. Charlie Wootton, seated at right, is now the ...
03/22/2019

Sunday’s FEBT volunteers gather in the Paint Shop for the morning meeting. Charlie Wootton, seated at right, is now the Rockhill restoration coordinator. As you can see, we need more volunteers! Can you come help?

03/21/2019

FEBT is extending the open period for nomination of candidates for the upcoming FEBT Board of Directors election. Suggestions of board candidates (yourself or others) are welcome to the FEBT Nomination Committee and can be sent to the contact information at the end of this message. The 2019 FEBT Nomination Committee consists of Chairman Randy Lehrian assisted by Dick Ullery and Jim Bacon and has the duty to finalize the candidate list for the election.

The FEBT Board of directors meets six times a year; many meetings are telecons not requiring travel. The board establishes policies for the organization and prepares and approves the annual budget. In addition, members may serve on committees that meet in person or by conference call. Members serve two-year terms. If you are interested in learning more about running for the board yourself, or if you would like to suggest someone to the committee as a possible nominee, please contact Randy Lehrian by March 31, 2019 at Randy. [email protected]

Many folks have been asking about EBT Shop tours during 2019. Here is the official announcement hot off the press:
03/15/2019

Many folks have been asking about EBT Shop tours during 2019. Here is the official announcement hot off the press:

Hey there! We've received permission to offer public tours of the East Broad Top's historic roundhouse and machine shops again this summer. We'll start out with four dates -- Saturday, June 8; Saturday, July 20; Saturday, August 10; and Sunday, September 1. Tours will start at 11 a.m. and last about 90 minutes, and they’ll be led by volunteers from the Friends of the East Broad Top. The cost will be $10 per person (bring cash -- there are no credit-card machines in the roundhouse) for anyone over age 12. Persons 12 and under are free, but keep in mind that this is a detailed, history oriented, 90-minute tour. (Translation: It is not meant for kids, unless the kid in question is a serious, devoted railfan.) Please make sure everyone in your party wears clothes that can stand up to a little roundhouse grime, and closed-toed shoes with sturdy soles. Also, because each tour is limited to 25 people, you'll need to reserve your space by emailing Lawrence Biemiller ([email protected]).

UPDATE: The 11 a.m. tours on June 8 and July 20 are full, so we’ve added 2 p.m. tours on both days.

Keep in mind that after your visit, you can visit our friends at the Rockhill Trolley Museum and take a trolley ride along a portion of the EBT's former Shade Gap Branch. Feel free to share this post as you see fit. We look forward to seeing you at the EBT!

02/20/2019
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The agenda for the February Rockhill Restoration session has been posted to the FEBT website. We hope you can join us for our continued efforts to preserve and restore the East Broad Top!

The 2019 FEBT Rockhill Furnace restoration session dates have been announced. They are: January 12, 13February 23, 24Mar...
01/10/2019

The 2019 FEBT Rockhill Furnace restoration session dates have been announced. They are:

January 12, 13
February 23, 24
March 16, 17
April 27, 28
May 18, 19
May 20-24 work week
June 8,9
June 29,30
July 20, 21
August 3,4
August 24, 25
September 28, 29
November 2,3

We will continue to work on a variety of projects including the Combine #14 restoration, Blacksmith Shop windows, Freight Office rebuild, and the boxcar restoration. More info can be found here:

https://febt.org/Restore/

Remember on this Black Friday (or any day), if you are buying from Amazon you can donate to Friends of the East Broad To...
11/23/2018
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Remember on this Black Friday (or any day), if you are buying from Amazon you can donate to Friends of the East Broad Top at no additional cost to you! At any time before checkout, change the address from www.amazon.com to smile.amazon.com and the Amazon Smile program will make a donation equivalent to a percentage of you purchase. Yow will not loose the contents of your cart. You will need to choose a charity and we hope you will choose FEBT!

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06/14/2018

This year we are trying something different with the fall FEBT Reunion – a new place and a new date!

The new place: The Bricktown Model Railroad Club in Mount Union offered their building, a warehouse that once shipped on the EBT. As you probably know, almost all their members are also very active FEBT members, and the progress they have made in the past year is amazing.

The new date: The Bricktown building is not available any weekend in October due to other events. Luckily we were able to find a date in September that is not a Penn State football weekend, is not Juniata homecoming, and is free of major model railroad event conflicts. This new date is Sept. 21-22-23, 2018.

We’re excited about this experiment. Renting space in the school, as we have done for the past few years, is VERY expensive. We pay for floor space, for having a janitor on duty the whole time, and more. The result has been a very high cost for the venue that mandates a steep admissions charge, when compared to other train events.

Expect the full Reunion line-up of clinics, portable layouts, company store, outside tours, and more – in a better place, on a new date.

We look forward to seeing you in Mount Union – aka Bricktown – in September.

Here is another photo during Restoration Week from a lift that was on site to work on the roofs of the Blacksmith Shop a...
06/06/2018

Here is another photo during Restoration Week from a lift that was on site to work on the roofs of the Blacksmith Shop and the Foundry. This one is looking over the shops buildings. Note the roofs of the Boiler house ( with the cupola) and the Coal bin (to the right) which were completely rebuilt by FEBT volunteers several years ago. Both were starting to cave in. Photo courtesy of Dave Bulman.

During Restoration Week a lift was on site to work on the roofs of the Blacksmith Shop and the Foundry. It also made and...
06/02/2018

During Restoration Week a lift was on site to work on the roofs of the Blacksmith Shop and the Foundry. It also made and excellent photo platform. This one is lookng north along the main line toward the station. Photo courtesy of Dave Bulman.

It is my sad duty to report the passing of longtime RTY volunteer and part time EBT employee Frank Shoop. He passed Mond...
06/01/2018

It is my sad duty to report the passing of longtime RTY volunteer and part time EBT employee Frank Shoop. He passed Monday, May 28, 2018. Frank was a skilled electrician and highly dedicated volunteer at RTY. At the EBT he often served as the brakeman on one of the Fall Spectacular trains as well as in many other roles. You could _always_ count on Frank to tell it just like it was - good, bad and ugly. I will miss his insight as well as the many skills he brought to the table.

A memorial service will be held Friday, June 1, 2018, at 11:00 am in the Cocklin Funeral Home, Inc., 30 N. Chestnut St., Dillsburg.

A second gathering will be held to celebrate Franks life on Saturday, June 9, 2018, 5:00 pm, at Rockhill Trolley Museum, 430 Meadow St., Rockhill Furnace, PA 17249.

We hope you have enjoyed the images and stories from this week's FEBT Restoration Week 2018. If you would like to help w...
05/26/2018

We hope you have enjoyed the images and stories from this week's FEBT Restoration Week 2018. If you would like to help with our work, you can do so by making a charitable donation to the FEBT Restoration Fund. These funds pay for the many tools and supplies we need for our work. You can make a secure online donation at the link below:

https://www.febt.org/Costore/?main_page=product_info&cPath=119&products_id=600

Or, you can join a restoration crew. Even one day would help, and you need no special skills or experience. Consider joining us! More information is available at the link below:

http://www.febt.org/Restore/index.html

As always, thank you for your support, and don't forget to like and share our posts!

Also during FEBT Restoration Week, work continued to progress on East Broad Top combine car number 14. Late in the week ...
05/26/2018

Also during FEBT Restoration Week, work continued to progress on East Broad Top combine car number 14. Late in the week the end of the car got a coat of green paint.

Here some final shots of the work being done on the East Broad Top Lumber Shed During FEBT Restoration Week.  Posts are ...
05/26/2018

Here some final shots of the work being done on the East Broad Top Lumber Shed During FEBT Restoration Week. Posts are being tied down To previously poured footers, and holes are being dug for more footers. Zare was unable to get photos of the final footers being poured.

Another day of work on the East Broad Top Lumber Shed. Posts and beams are installed and another post footer has been po...
05/24/2018

Another day of work on the East Broad Top Lumber Shed. Posts and beams are installed and another post footer has been poured.

Progress continues on the East Broad Top Lumber Shed.  Two posts were set on its their new footers poured yesterday, and...
05/22/2018

Progress continues on the East Broad Top Lumber Shed. Two posts were set on its their new footers poured yesterday, and two more footers were dug and poured in concrete.

Work continues on the East Broad Top Lumber Shed footers. Despite lots of water percolating into the holes an many rocks...
05/21/2018

Work continues on the East Broad Top Lumber Shed footers. Despite lots of water percolating into the holes an many rocks, the first three footers for the week have boon poured.

Window repairs continued this weekend on the East Broad Top Blacksmith Shop and Locomotive Shop.
05/21/2018

Window repairs continued this weekend on the East Broad Top Blacksmith Shop and Locomotive Shop.

Work on the East Broad Top Lumber Shed has started in ernest and will continue through Restoration Week. Temporary posts...
05/21/2018

Work on the East Broad Top Lumber Shed has started in ernest and will continue through Restoration Week. Temporary posts have been installed and deteriorated posts removed so new footers can be dug. Unfortunately with all the rain the footer holes keep filling with water and need nearly continuous pumping.

Work progressed on installing screen over the East Broad Top Foundry gantry. That area has been ravaged by pigeons and c...
05/20/2018

Work progressed on installing screen over the East Broad Top Foundry gantry. That area has been ravaged by pigeons and carpenter bees. The screen will keep them out and protect the building.

Work continues on the East Broad Top Freight House. It was jacked up a foot today to allow work to continue on its found...
05/20/2018

Work continues on the East Broad Top Freight House. It was jacked up a foot today to allow work to continue on its foundations.

05/20/2018

The East Broad Top Railroad will be holding tours of it one of a kind historic maintenance shops complex during 2018. Shop complex tours will be held June 2, Saturday, July 28; Sunday, August 26; and Saturday, September 29, and tours will start at 11 a.m. The June tour is already booked up at this time. The cost is still $10 per person (bring cash), with kids 12 and under free. Tours will last at least 90 minutes and involve a fair amount of walking. They're probably not a great option for small kids, and while you're welcome to take casual pictures, this is not an event for serious photographers (or tripods). Please wear closed-toe shoes and clothes that can stand up to our genuine steam-railroad roundhouse grime! To reserve your spot, send an email to [email protected] .

Another FEBT crew at work is taking on a big project of rebuilding the foundation for the freight house
05/19/2018

Another FEBT crew at work is taking on a big project of rebuilding the foundation for the freight house

Volunteers are continuing to work on the restoration of East Broad Top combination passenger car number 14.  Today's wor...
05/19/2018

Volunteers are continuing to work on the restoration of East Broad Top combination passenger car number 14. Today's work is focused on the clerestory.

It's a cool morning at the East Broad Top and the rain is coming and going. The volunteers are assembled and soon work w...
05/19/2018

It's a cool morning at the East Broad Top and the rain is coming and going. The volunteers are assembled and soon work will begin. Its beginning of restoration week!

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