FEBT Restoration Fund Treasurer Nancy E. Jacqmin reports that she has received another $2,118.36 in donations to the FEBT Restoration Fund since our last report in the May FEBT Newsletter. We are pleased to acknowledge here the following FEBT members who contributed these additional funds to help underwrite the costs of our restoration program: William Blomgren, Alan H. Bolles, Robert R. Farquharson, Glenn Fisher, Robert E. Lee Hall, John Heitmann, Donald Q. Miller, Henry D. Oberding, Robert W. Richardson, Norman R. Runk, Peter Shavney, and Michael Shirk.
The 1999–2000 contributions to the FEBT Restoration Fund we received funded the progress we made this year in the various projects included in our restoration program. We intend to begin our long–delayed major fund–raising campaign early next year. In the meantime, however, we again ask for your end–of–the–year support so that in 2001 we can continue without interruption our rehabilitation of the two historic museum buildings in Robertsdale, our architectural documentation of the EBT station building at Saltillo, and our restoration to operating condition of former EBT baggage–passenger combination car no. 16. Donations to the FEBT Restoration Fund should be mailed to
FEBT Restoration Fund
c/o Nancy E. Jacqmin
513 Shady Avenue, Apt. 12
Pittsburgh PA 15206
Since membership dues are used to cover the costs of FEBT publications, museum operations, and general business expenses, donations from FEBT members to our Restoration Fund are the principal source of funds used for our restoration program. Obviously the level of support we continue to receive from FEBT members will determine what we are able to accomplish in the coming year.
During 2000 Friends of the East Broad Top made progress on each of its restoration projects. Like the past several years, this progress was most evident at Robertsdale, which again was the focus of work for our restoration work–crew volunteers. Here we present summaries for each of our current projects and conclude with a discussion of the resources used this year to support the FEBT restoration program.
Work sessions at Robertsdale started in May and continued into November. The FEBT members and others who participated as volunteers at Robertsdale this year included Reginald Arford, Rick Case, Jane Clarke, Peter A. Clarke, Paul Chandeysson, Chad Diehl, Thomas A. Diehl, Jr., Sherwood Doughman, Robert R. Farquharson, William E. Grant, Jr., Henry F. Inman, Nancy E. Jacqmin, Douglas O. Langdon, Walter Simpson, Larry Springer, and Charles Wootton.
In the Post Office we made minor repairs to windows and the balcony railing; completed stripping the paint from the exterior door onto the balcony and sanded, primed, and applied two coats of exterior gray paint to the door; removed loose paint and rust from the exterior of the metal door into the rear addition and applied two coats of rust–resistant gray paint to the door; installed metal thresholds and door molding with weather stripping in all four first–floor exterior doorways; filled imperfections, sanded, and applied the first two coats of enamel floor paint to the interior wood staircase; and used treated lumber to construct temporary frames to keep soil and debris out of the surface drains in the front and rear of the Post Office lot. In November we sealed the building for winter, but we may apply more paint and varnish to the staircase in December.
In May we cleaned the display cases and exhibits and rearranged the museum and shop displays in the Depot. In subsequent work sessions we removed and inspected most window sashes, reglazing and making other repairs as needed, and then applied two coats of exterior paint (to match the existing color); cleaned, sanded, primed, and applied two coats of exterior gray paint to the wood cover constructed last year for the scale–lever pit; repaired a cracked drain pipe under the sink in the toilet; mounted a new museum donation box onto one of the interior block walls; and repaired the wood sill in one of the exterior doorways. Early in the summer FEBT member Sherwood Doughman, with assistance from Walter Simpson, delivered the outside station benches he constructed for us. In September Sherwood and Walter installed new telephone jacks and wiring inside the Depot. As part of our preparations for the coming winter, Three Springs heating contractor Hamway Construction replaced a burnt–out blower motor and performed routine furnace maintenance on the interim heating system installed in the Depot.
This year FEBT has made an additional twelve payments on the loan we received from the Southwestern Pennsylvania Heritage Preservation Commission for the first phase of our rehabilitation of the Old Post Office. Of the $2,317.44 total paid during 2000, $487.03 represents loan interest. As of the end of this year we will have made 32 of the 120 scheduled loan payments, leaving $15,238.17 in loan principal to be repaid.
FEBT joined the Broad Top Area Coal Miners Historical Society and Wood Township to reconstruct the pedestrian bridge over Trough Creek linking the BTACMHS museum in Robertsdale's Reality Theater with the FEBT museum site. Work on the bridge, which was coordinated by BTACMHS, was completed in May.
During our 2000 work season FEBT member and architect William E. Grant, Jr., continued to coordinate our documentation of the East Broad Top Railroad's Saltillo Station. With assistance from FEBT member William Adams, Bill has completed most of his measurements of the building's interior; only one wall of the agent's office and the toilet have yet to be measured and photographed. Depending on the weather, additional documentation work at Saltillo may take place this month.
In August FEBT forwarded a payment of $2,773.50 to Trail Tool for the fabrication of the journal boxes for the reproduction trucks we are constructing for use under Combine No. 16. With this second payment we have paid $8,773.50 of the total cost of $11,545.00 for these truck parts. Using funds now on hand and end–of–the–year donations to the FEBT Restoration Fund we hope to forward the final payment for the journal boxes to Trail Tool early next year.
FEBT director David S. Bucher, who has coordinated our work on the reproduction truck project, reports that he has started exploratory discussions with the Strasburg Railroad about contracted work related to the trucks and our restoration of the combination baggage–passenger car to operating condition.
How much did our restoration–related work cost this year, and how did we pay for it? Including all payments made or allocated for the current year, our total restoration program expenses now stand at $7,832.39. Of this amount, $1,878.00 represents payments made this year for contracted work at Robertsdale completed at the end of 1999 and $5,954.39 reflects the total of our payments for the current year.
The bulk of our 2000 restoration program payments were applied to the repayment of the Post Office loan and the completion of our payment for the journal boxes, $2,317.44 and $2,773.50 respectively. The cost of the furnace repairs and materials and supplies used at Robertsdale during 2000 was $620.87. The FEBT share of the cost of materials for the Robertsdale pedestrian bridge was $163.89. Administrative costs for the restoration program were $78.69 this year.
At the start of the year we held $4,453.41 in the FEBT Restoration Account or allocated to the restoration program but held in other accounts. These funds included $1,060.00 in donations received by the FEBT Restoration Fund treasurer at the end of 1999. Thus far donations credited to the FEBT Restoration Fund in 2000 total $4,228.12. These donations include contributions received by Restoration Fund treasurer Nancy E. Jacqmin and $747.00 in donations which FEBT membership coordinator Peter A. Clarke has received from FEBT members renewing their memberships and deposited in the FEBT Restoration Account. This year $61.91 was contributed to FEBT through the FEBT museum donation box; these funds have also been applied to the payment of restoration program expenses. Finally, proceeds of $1,059.00 derived from the auction of donated items during the 2000 Summer Celebration and 2000 Fall Reunion have been dedicated to the restoration program, as has an additional $11.00 in excess "pizza contributions" from the 2000 business meeting.
Thus to date a total of $5,360.03 in 2000 donations and other income has been allocated to the payment of restoration–related expenses. Combining this with the funds on hand at the beginning of the year and deducting the $7,832.39 in payments made and anticipated for the current year leaves us with approximately $2,000.00 now on hand and available for the payment of future expenses of the FEBT restoration program.
The annual business meeting of Friends of the East Broad Top, Inc., was held before the 2000 Fall Reunion on Friday, October 6; approximately 50 FEBT members attended.
After introducing current directors and officers, FEBT president Henry F. Inman provided a short summary of the current status of our programs and activities, citing especially the improved operation of the FEBT museum in Robertsdale this year under the coordination of FEBT assistant vice president Vagel C. Keller. FEBT secretary and FEBT Company Store manager John R. Snyder reported on matters related to the EBT "New Rider" Ticket Program and the Company Store. Among other things, John indicated that he was working to reestablish our relationship with the supplier of the kits of EBT rolling stock produced for sale by the FEBT Company Store, allowing us to resume sales of several out–of–stock items. FEBT director Thomas A. Diehl, Jr., presented a brief summary of the September conference and annual meeting of the Association of Railway Museums, where he represented FEBT.
In remarks about the restoration program and planned fund–raising campaign, Hank apologized to FEBT members for delays in the start of the new campaign. He observed that the proposed multiyear fund drive was intended to obtain the funds necessary for the next stages of work on our three main restoration projects: the Robertsdale depot, Robertsdale post office, and combine no. 16. Hank reported that earlier this year FEBT had finalized agreements with artists Ted Rose, John H. Coker, and Frank Vietor for the use of reproductions of paintings featuring the East Broad Top Railroad in the planned FEBT campaign. Hank thanked the East Broad Top Railroad and FEBT members James G. Mersereau, Rick C. Shoup, and David E. Graff, the owners of these paintings, for the cooperation they were extending to FEBT for our use of these paintings.
A preliminary draft of the 1999 accounting review report was distributed for discussion at the meeting. (The final 1999 report has been mailed to FEBT members with the current issue of the Timber Transfer.) Hank noted that at its September meeting the board of directors had agreed to set up a working group to review FEBT's present condition and to assemble a business plan to improve the process now used for financial planning, based on year–to–year budgeting. He invited FEBT members interested in joining this working group to contact FEBT director Robert R. Farquharson, who had proposed the study and agreed to coordinate the project:
Robert R. Farquharson
5132 Piper Glen Drive
Charlotte NC 28277–0389
Plans and drawings are again available from the FEBT Company Store! These maps, plans, and drawings illustrate the rolling stock, buildings, and other aspects of the material fabric of the East Broad Top Railroad. During the past year the Company Store has not been able to accept orders for these items, but now that Company Store manager John R. Snyder and FEBT member William E. Grant, Jr., have reorganized our collection of master drawings it is again possible to supply copies of these materials to railfans and railroad modelers interested in the EBT. A complete list of all maps, plans, and drawings currently available from the FEBT Company Store has been sent to all FEBT members with the issue of The Timber Transfer now in the mail.
Among the drawings now available are copies of the Historic American Engineering Record EBT drawings. We have obtained master copies of these 25 original drawings; these drawings are part of the documentation assembled by two HAER project teams during visits to the East Broad Top Railroad. A complete set of all 25 24" x 36" HAER drawings can be purchased for $100.00* (plus $7.00 shipping charge). Note that with the 15% FEBT member discount, the cost of the HAER set is $85.00 for most FEBT members; if purchased from the US Library of Congress, the cost of these drawings is currently $125.00 (plus $10.00 for shipping). Copies of individual HAER drawings are also for sale. Not sure you want the entire set? A reference set of the HAER drawings, reduced to 8½" x 11", can be purchased for $5.00* (plus $3.50 shipping charge).
Remember that up–to–date information about products available from the FEBT Company Store can be found on the FEBT web site: www.febt.org. Copies of the current catalog can also be obtained for $2.50 from the FEBT Company Store. For more information or to place an order, please contact
FEBT Company Store
c/o John R. Snyder
12 Pheasant Drive
Hershey PA 17033–9792
*All FEBT members except those holding basic memberships are entitled to the FEBT member discount on purchases from the FEBT Company Store (excluding some sale items). John reminds FEBT members who qualify for the 15% member discount to calculate and deduct it from the prices stated here when preparing their orders to the FEBT Company Store. Pennsylvania residents must also include 6% sales tax, computed on the total cost of merchandise ordered (adjusted for the FEBT discount, if applicable) before the charge for shipping and handling is added.
We take this opportunity to thank FEBT members Russell Lee Crump, John H. Coker, and Ronald L. Pearson for setting up the FEBT display table and distributing information about the East Broad Top Railroad and FEBT at the Saint Louis National Narrow Gauge Convention in late August. In early October FEBT member Deane E. Mellander arranged for us to provide information about the EBT's 2000 Fall Spectacular and our own activities during the Eighteenth Fall Reunion to registrants at the tri–regional National Model Railroad Association convention in Altoona. We are also grateful to Cummins McNitt, executive director of the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum, for allowing us to circulate information about EBT and FEBT activities on the Columbus Day weekend during the Altoona museum's Railfest 2000.
In November, FEBT member Tom Stackhouse circulated EBT and FEBT information at the Western New York Railway Historical Society's open house. FEBT members Patricia J. Nape and Christopher D. Coleman are again organizing a FEBT display table at the Buckeye Model Train and Railroad Artifacts Show, to be held in Columbus, Ohio, on December 16.
If you're planning to attend a train show or convention during the coming year and are interested in setting up a display table or distributing EBT and FEBT information, please contact
Hank Inman, FEBT President
2016 A Park Avenue
Richmond VA 23220
Telephone: (804) 353–0817
In October the FEBT Museum in Robertsdale concluded its 2000 operating season. As FEBT president Henry F. Inman noted in his November report to the FEBT board of directors, this year's operations proved to be the most successful since the museum site was opened to the public in the early 1990s. Hank attributed this result to the effective operation of the museum according to its published schedule, listings for the museum in the Guide to Tourist Railroads and Museums and the Trains Guide to Recreational Railroading, and the success of FEBT–sponsored events at Robertsdale and the East Broad Top Railroad. Hank thanked Vagel C. Keller, assistant vice president, museum operations, who coordinated the 2000 operation of the museum, as well as FEBT members Jane Clarke, Chad Diehl, Thomas A. Diehl, Jr., Nancy E. Jacqmin, and Dave Steinberger, who assisted us at the museum this year.
In his report to the board, Hank noted that receipts from museum sales totaled $1,467.49 in 2000, a 75% increase over the previous record for museum sales set in 1999. Other museum receipts this year included $61.91 in donations and $25.00 in membership dues. At the present time the museum is not expected to generate income to cover its operating costs, which are estimated to total approximately $6,859.56 this year. These costs include $380.90 for museum displays, materials, and collection maintenance; $264.90 for equipment (including a new VCR and the materials FEBT member Sherwood Doughman used to construct the two exterior benches for the depot); $1,341.55 for advertisements; $804.82 (estimated) in telephone charges; $2,723.88 (estimated) for utilities; $954.00 (estimated) for storage; and $389.51 for property and other local taxes.
Hank observes that increases in some of these costs compared to 1999 and previous years are due to special circumstances. For example, due to confusion associated with the reorganization of the Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau last winter, this year's advertising costs include payments for museum ads in both 2000 and 2001 editions of the Huntingdon County Visitors Guide. Similarly, a 1999 change in accounting systems at Ward Enterprises resulted in our being underbilled last year for the storage container we rent for use at Robertsdale; thus our 2000 payments for storage incorporate additional payments required to resolve this problem.
Income from membership dues covers most but not all of the costs associated with the operation of the FEBT museum and the maintenance and development of our collections. Occasionally some operating costs are paid from event income: Most of the cost for the advertisement in the 2001 Huntingdon County Visitor Guide was paid using proceeds from the 2000 FEBT Fall Reunion.
At the November meeting of the board of directors, FEBT secretary John R. Snyder presented a report on the EBT "New Rider" Ticket Program. This educational initiative is intended to develop public support for the preservation and restoration of the East Broad Top Railroad by encouraging—through the distribution of EBT train tickets and information packets—first–time visitors to the railroad. Donations collected each year at the Fall Reunion dinner provide the primary financial support for this effort.
According to John's November report, FEBT members contributed $541.00 (a record amount) in donations to the EBT ticket program at this year's reunion dinner. John used $441.00 of these donations to purchase 52 EBT train tickets; an additional 22 unused tickets purchased for the 2000 Fall Reunion were also turned over to John. Thus we have 74 train tickets available for distribution to first–time EBT train riders in 2001. The remainder of the funds donated at the 2000 Fall Reunion will be used to cover the cost of printing the information packets and for postage.
FEBT members who want more information about our EBT "New Rider" Ticket Program should contact John directly, using this address:
John R. Snyder
12 Pheasant Drive
Hershey PA 17033–9792
Friends of the East Broad Top lost one of our firmest supporters with the death of Gary R. Altschuler in September. His work as a dealer in railroad books and memorabilia made Gary a familiar face to fans of narrow–gauge railroads throughout the US. An early member of FEBT, Gary preferred acting as an informal advisor to FEBT officers and directors to taking a formal role in FEBT affairs. Gary worked as a Robertsdale work–crew volunteer, served as a member of the nominating committee for the 1997 election of directors, and helped us organize and acted as auctioneer at FEBT Fall Reunions in 1997, 1998, and 1999.
A supporter of the FEBT restoration program, Gary donated both funds and items used to raise contributions to the FEBT Restoration Fund. Gary originated our annual purchase of East Broad Top Railroad tickets using donations collected at our fall reunions, leading to the creation of our EBT "New Rider" Ticket Program.
We are certain that all members of Friends of the East Broad Top will join us to communicate our sympathy to Gary's wife Cindy, his son Douglas (who as a FEBT member shares his father's fondness for the EBT), and the other members of Gary's family.
The Nominating Committee asks FEBT members to submit the names of potential candidates for nomination and election as directors of Friends of the East Broad Top, Inc. In the upcoming election, to be held during the first quarter of 2001, FEBT members will elect four of the nine members of the Board of Directors. The seats up for election are now occupied by David S. Bucher, Robert R. Farquharson, Henry F. Inman, and John R. Snyder. The five remaining Board positions not up for election during the current election cycle will be the subject of the 2002 election; Reginald Arford, David C. Brightbill, Thomas A. Diehl, Jr., Ron Morgan, and Craig A. Williams now hold these seats.
FEBT Directors are responsible for the management and governance of Friends of the East Broad Top. The president, vice president, and secretary are elected annually by the Board from among its members. Among other duties, directors maintain oversight over the work of all FEBT officers and staff volunteers; develop and enforce policy guidelines for all operations and activities; direct the preparation and submission of reports required by applicable Federal and state laws and regulations; set fund–raising goals and support fund–raising efforts; and determine budget priorities and spending limits.
Any individual FEBT member in good standing is eligible for nomination by the Nominating Committee, whose chairman and members select the final slate of nominees presented to FEBT members for election as directors. (Individual members include regular, family, sustaining, life, student, senior, and basic FEBT members.) However, a member in good standing may also qualify for automatic inclusion in the final slate of nominees if he or she submits a nominating petition signed by 100 FEBT members in good standing.
The members of the Nominating Committee for the 2001 election cycle are Craig A. Williams (chairman), R. Lee Rainey, and Douglas C. Taylor. Craig has served on the FEBT board of directors for a total of 12 years, and he has been actively involved with the Company Store and FEBT Fall Reunions. FEBT members will recognize Lee as the author of numerous contributions to the history of the East Broad Top Railroad; Lee was one of our directors during the early years of FEBT. Until his relocation to Oregon in 1991, Lee also served as president and director of the Three Rivers Narrow Gauge Historical Society and publisher of its Light Iron & Short Ties quarterly magazine. A member of FEBT since 1983, Doug's interest and experience in railroad preservation and restoration go back to the early 1960s, when he worked in the car shops and as an engineer on the Mount Washington Railway. Doug's HO/HOn3 model railroad, incorporating both the EBT and the Pennsylvania Railroad, has been featured many times in railroad modeling publications, most recently in the May 1998 Railmodel Journal.
The names of potential nominees and nominating petitions must be submitted to
Craig A. Williams, Chairman
FEBT Nominating Committee
20 Sunset Lane
Lititz PA 17543
Telephone: (717) 626–9186
The deadline for submitting names of potential candidates for nomination to the Nominating Committee is January 13, 2001. Nominating petitions must be received no later than January 20, 2001.
Nomination and election of directors are governed by the corporate bylaws of Friends of the East Broad Top, Inc. FEBT members may obtain copies of the FEBT articles of incorporation and bylaws by sending a 55–cent stamped, self–addressed envelope to
John R. Snyder, FEBT Secretary
12 Pheasant Drive
Hershey PA 17033–9792
As this is written, the next issue of the Timber Transfer (vol. 16, no. 4) is on its way to the mailer, and if all goes well most FEBT members should receive it later this month. We again apologize for the delayed publication of our quarterly magazine. Editor Kevin C. Strong reports that he hopes to have the next issue at the printer in early January, thus getting our production of the Timber Transfer closer to its intended schedule during the coming year.
The previous issue (vol. 16, no. 3) was mailed in September, which meant that it arrived in most FEBT members' mailboxes in early October. If for some reason you did not receive this issue, please contact our membership office to confirm that we are using your correct address for our mailings:
FEBT Membership Office
c/o Peter A. Clarke
10428 Carlyn Ridge Road
Damascus MD 20872
Telephone: (301) 482–1136
We were saddened to learn of the death of long–time East Broad Top Railroad employee Paul A. McMath in November. Born in Huntingdon County in 1903, Mr. McMath worked in the EBT's Rockhill Furnace shops between 1948 and 1956. He rejoined the railroad when it reopened in 1960, and worked as a brakeman and conductor until 1999.
Mr. McMath provided a living link between the EBT's current tourist operation and the pre–1956 common–carrier era. An extended oral history interview with Mr. McMath appeared in the summer and fall 1997 issues of the Timber Transfer. We extend our condolences to the members of his family.