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Summer Celebration 2001
EBT really “opens its doors” for its 41st season

by Kevin Strong
Greenwood Village, CO
Photos by William Adams

Originally published in the Timber Transfer, Vol. 18, No. 1, Summer 2001

First train
The first train of the season prepares to leave the Orbisonia station bound for Colgate Grove. Caboose #28 is sporting new window frames.

The Friends of the East Broad Top helped the railroad celebrate its 41st year of tourist service by hosting tours through the EBT’s signature shop buildings.

The “Open Shop” days at the railroad allowed FEBT members free access to the interiors of many of the shop complex’s buildings. FEBT volunteers were stationed throughout to offer interpretative dialogue to anyone who was interested in learning how the shops worked. The general public was able to tour the buildings as well by purchasing a $5 ticket from the railroad.

As an added bonus, the rail road offered discount train tickets for FEBT members.

machine shop interior
You can almost hear the slapping of the belts in this view of the machine shop. These belts and pulleys provided power to these machines for many, many years.
Shop tour
Tom Diehl (right) helps explain some of the machinery found in the shops.

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