Friends of the East Broad Top
A nonprofit society dedicated to the preservation and restoration
of the East Broad Top Railroad National Historic Landmark

Big plans for coming year
Ambitious budget for 2003 restoration program

In November the board of directors of Friends of the East Broad Top adopted a record 2003 budget for our restoration program. After extended review and discussion of all current projects, the board agreed to set a total budget of $75,400 for restoration work next year. This budget is based on (1) the current status of each project, (2) the uncommitted funds on hand from the first year of our current fund raising campaign, (3) donations received in the first month of our campaign's second year, (4) additional donations we anticipate receiving during 2003, and (5) the $5,000 grant FEBT received from the National Railway Historical Society. The 2003 restoration program budget, of course, only provides a blueprint for allocation of funds; actual spending is contingent on the funds available as we reach critical decision points for our current projects during the coming year.

The specific 2003 budget allocations for each FEBT project are as follows: Combine no. 16, $21,300 to obtain the wheels and axles and begin assembly of the reproduction trucks (with intended completion in 2004); passenger cars nos. 18 and 29, $15,000 to create a work site in Rockhill Furnace, and $600 to obtain an initial informed assessment of the condition of the two cars; Robertsdale depot, $500 for routine maintenance and upkeep; Robertsdale post office, $23,000 to start interior rehabilitation (with intended completion in 2004); Rockhill Furnace, $6,000 to continue restoration work on shop buildings; and Saltillo station, $7,000 to obtain HAER–level drawings and photographs (see related article).

In his proposal for work next year at Rockhill Furnace, project coordinator R. Lee Rainey indicated that chosen tasks are labor intensive to maximize the impact of available funds, provide meaningful jobs for all skill and strength levels, support repair initiatives undertaken by the EBT itself, target the worst areas first, and create showcase areas to boost visitor interest and volunteer morale. Specifically, Lee and his work crew plan to make window and roof repairs to the foundry building; refurbish the north section shed (opposite the locomotive coal tipple); repair windows in the car shop doors, pattern shop, and north end of the machine shop; repair siding, trim, and the door of the electrical and air–brake shop buildings; and paint selected exterior sides of various shop buildings. The FEBT work crew will also assist the railroad with track maintenance as requested.

Regarding work at Robertsdale, Hank Inman noted that FEBT did not receive the 2002 Keystone Historic Preservation Grant for the next phase of work on the depot. He reported that the FEBT application was one of 101 applications, requesting a total of $7 million, submitted to the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) this year. Only $2.1 million was actually available, and PHMC has invited us to reapply in 2003. Whether or not we pursue this or other sources of grant funding, the board agreed that FEBT should use funds available in 2003 and 2004 to complete our rehabilitation of the post office. This will allow us to move museum operations into this building and permit us to undertake future work on the depot without having to work around existing exhibits and the museum shop.

FEBT engages John Bowie Associates for Saltillo project

On November 21 architect John R. Bowie and FEBT president Henry F. Inman met at Saltillo to initiate the next phase of our documentation of the East Broad Top Railroad's Saltillo station building. Combining his own observations of architectural details with the measurements and photographs previously assembled by FEBT members William E. Grant, Jr., William Adams, and Charles Wootton, Mr. Bowie will prepare for FEBT measured drawings and obtain large–format photographs of the building that meet Historic American Engineering Record specifications and standards.

The goal of this work is to complete our architectural documentation of this endangered building in sufficient detail so that the building could be totally reconstructed. Our work on this project has been undertaken with the permission and cooperation of the East Broad Top Railroad. Mr. Bowie plans to make several additional visits to the site to continue recording significant details of the building, but he will base his drawings on the information already assembled by FEBT volunteers and by Richard I. Ortega, the consulting engineer FEBT engaged last year to assess the condition of the Saltillo station building.

Although his office is located in Media, Pennsylvania, Mr. Bowie is familiar with the EBT, based on his own family's connection to nearby Bedford County. Specializing in restoration and documentation of historic structures and building materials conservation, Mr. Bowie's practice as an architect extends across Pennsylvania and includes significant sites in Indiana, New Jersey, New York, and Virginia, including work for the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and other state and federal agencies. Among its current projects, John Bowie Associates is undertaking design work for the second phase of the realignment and reconstruction of yard tracks for the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania.

Committee seeks potential election candidates

The nominating committee for the 2003 election 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 next year, 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 our 2004 election; William Blomgren, Thomas A. Diehl, Jr., R. Lee Rainey, Craig A. Williams, and Larry H. 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. The chairman and members of the nominating committee select the final slate of nominees presented to FEBT members for election as directors. (Individual members include regular, family, sustaining, associate, life, student, and senior 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 2003 election cycle are Craig A. Williams (chairman), William E. Grant, Jr., and James G. Mersereau. Craig Williams has served several stints as a member of the FEBT board of directors; he also has worked with the FEBT Company Store, participated as a restoration volunteer, and assisted at FEBT events, conventions, and shows. Bill Grant has provided—and continues to provide—architectural advice and assistance on a number of FEBT restoration projects; he also supervised our documentation of the interior of the EBT Saltillo station building. A FEBT member since 1989, Jim Mersereau played an instrumental role in the development of our current fund–raising campaign.

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 (home)

The deadline for submitting names of potential candidates for nomination to the nominating committee is January 18, 2003. Nominating petitions must be received no later than January 25, 2003.

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 60 stamped, self–addressed envelope to

John R. Snyder, FEBT Secretary
629 Pajabon Drive
Palmyra PA 17078

Low attendance at FEBT's 2002 Fall Reunion, business meeting

Poor weather and diminished operations at the East Broad Top Railroad resulted in reduced attendance at FEBT's 20th Fall Reunion and 2002 business meeting in October. On Saturday and Sunday, October 12 and 13, only intermittent showers interrupted the steady rain as the EBT operated a reduced train schedule featuring 2–8–2 steam locomotive no. 14 in its historic solid black appearance. Because the railroad's other steam locomotives were unavailable, EBT scheduled passenger trains were operated with diesel power on both days of the 2002 Columbus Day holiday weekend—for the first time on the EBT.

Only 126 FEBT members and their guests registered to participate in this year's Fall Reunion. Despite the pervading dampness registrants appeared to enjoy R. Lee Rainey's walking tour around the Rockhill Furnace yards and shops; "tours" inside the EBT's car shop building that included visits to our "new" passenger cars; Christopher D. Coleman's walking tour of the Mount Union yard; the latest installment of Vagel C. Keller's infamous Robertsdale walking tour; and W. George Cook's guided visit to a section of the right of way of the EBT's former Booher mine branch. The usual model and photo contests, FEBT Company Store and other vendor displays, our annual Saturday dinner at the Rockhill–Orbisonia Fire Hall, and our Sunday open house at the FEBT Museum attracted their share of attention. (An upcoming issue of the Timber Transfer will provide extensive coverage of the EBT's 2002 fall event and our 20th Fall Reunion.)

Approximately 50 FEBT members attended the 2002 business meeting on Friday, October 11, where FEBT officers and staff volunteers reported on FEBT operations, programs, and finances. Past and present FEBT Company Store operations, depreciation of assets, and the merits and costs of accounting audits versus accounting reviews were the topics of the comment and discussion period.

EBT lettering in stock at FEBT Company Store

Richard B. Keller, manager of the FEBT Company Store, reports that he has received new production runs for all decal lettering previously out of stock or in short supply. This means that the lettering needed by modelers of the East Broad Top Railroad is again available. In some instances, prices have been raised to offset higher production costs for lettering in O and S scales.

The following decal sets are available; prices stated are for one set in the specified scale, sufficient (unless stated otherwise) to letter one piece of equipment. Imitation or orange locomotive lettering (O scale $6, S scale $4, HO $3); white steel flat car lettering (O, S, or HO scale $3); white steel box car lettering (O, S, or HO scale $3), white caboose lettering (O, S, or HO scale $3); white steel three–bay hopper car lettering (O, S, or HO scale $3); imitation gold and orange passenger car lettering (both colors, enough for three cars, O, S, or HO scale $6); white wood box car lettering (O, S, or HO scale $3); white steel two–bay hopper car lettering (O or HO scale $3); and white scale test–weight car lettering (HO scale $3). Also available are black road–crossing sign lettering (O scale $6, S or HO scale $3) and our multicolor Saltillo buildings sign set (HO $7).

Reprints of the twelve 1983 issues of the FEBT Newsletter, bound with additional material, are available for $18 each. Produced before publication of the Timber Transfer started, these newsletters contain over 75 pages of information about the EBT and the early days of FEBT.

Note that current FEBT members receive a 15% discount on the standard retail prices stated above. Rich advises all customers to contact him before placing orders to confirm that items are available and the amount of any additional payment required for shipping. (No additional payment is required for the items described above when shipped to US addresses.) For more information about these and other items and postage for orders mailed to non–US addresses, please contact Rich directly:

FEBT Company Store
c/o Richard B. Keller
211 Hampton Road
Hatboro PA 19040
E–mail: FEBTstore@aolcom

Rich and FEBT webmaster Christopher D. Coleman hope to have the Company Store catalog on the FEBT web site completely revised and up–to–date as soon as possible. A 2003 printed catalog can be obtained from the Company Store for $2.50, which includes postage to US addresses.

FEBT displays at recent and upcoming train shows

As part of our education program, FEBT encourages its members to distribute information about the East Broad Top Railroad and Friends of the East Broad Top at public events, conventions, and shows. In September, FEBT members James A. Vliet and Craig A. Williams—with assistance from R. Lee Rainey—set up a display table at the 2002 National Narrow Gauge Convention in Warwick, Rhode Island. In November we distributed EBT and FEBT information and solicited donations to our fund–raising campaign during the 25th Annual Gaithersburg Railroad–Transportation Show and Sale in suburban Washington, DC. FEBT members Walter and Susie Weart, Jane and Peter A. Clarke, Robert R. Farquharson, and Henry F. Inman handled our arrangements for the Gaithersburg show.

Volunteers are setting up FEBT displays at two additional train shows this month and next. On Saturday, December 14, FEBT members Patricia J. Downs and Christopher D. Coleman are planning to set up an information table at the 32nd Buckeye Railroad and Model Train Show and Sale at the Ohio Exposition Center in Columbus, Ohio. For the past several years, Pat and Chris have circulated information about the EBT and FEBT at these shows held each April and December.

On Sunday, January 5, FEBT member James A. Vliet is arranging to set up a display table at the Great South Bay Model Railroad Club's 13th annual Winter Model Train Show and Exhibition at the Freeport Recreation Center in Freeport (Long Island), New York. Jim invites interested FEBT members to stop by and visit between 11 am and 4 pm. For more information (or to offer assistance), please contact

James A. Vliet
25 Wilson Place
Freeport NY 11520

FEBT members interested in obtaining literature to distribute at similar events during 2003 should contact FEBT president Hank Inman, providing as much advance notice as possible:

Hank Inman
2016 A Park Avenue
Richmond VA 23220
Telephone: (804) 353–0817

September newsletter correction

One of the typographical errors in the September 2002 FEBT Newsletter may have caused readers some confusion, for which we apologize here. In the discussion of FEBT debts, the total amount stated for loan payments due in 2003 for the first phase of work on the old Robertsdale post office should have been $2,317.44. The portions of this total represented by principal ($2,002.57) and interest ($314.87) were correct as stated.

FEBT membership and dues reminder

The transition to the new membership and dues structure for Friends of the East Broad Top, announced last December, is now complete. These changes, which took effect immediately for new members, have been phased in so that all FEBT members at the time the changes were announced have had one opportunity to renew their memberships at the old dues rates. From this point forward the new dues apply to all FEBT members.

As a reminder, our current membership classifications and annual dues are as follows: regular ($30), family ($35), sustaining ($60), associate ($100), and student/senior ($25). To help us cover the higher cost of foreign postage, an additional $5 surcharge applies for FEBT regular, family, and student/senior members with non–US mailing addresses. Note that the annual dues for sustaining and associate members incorporate tax–deductible contributions to FEBT of $25 and $65 respectively. Life member ships require a one–time payment of $500. Commercial/institutional membership are also available. (Your present membership type and its expiration date are printed on the labels we use for mailing FEBT publications, including this newsletter.)

For more information about our membership classifications and their perquisites, please refer to the FEBT web site or contact our membership office directly:

Peter A. Clarke
FEBT Membership Coordinator
10428 Carlyn Ridge Road
Damascus MD 20872
Telephone: (301) 482–1136

Although we made some progress in 2002, publication of the Timber Transfer is still running behind schedule. Each FEBT member receives all issues of our quarterly magazine published during each year of his or her membership. In the past this has meant that some FEBT members received only three issues in some membership years. On the other hand, current FEBT members will receive more than four issues in upcoming years as we catch up on production of The Timber Transfer. The most recent issue, with a nominal publication date of winter 2002, was mailed earlier this month. We apologize for the confusion the difference between the cover date and actual date of publication can sometimes cause, and we ask you to bear with us as we work to improve this situation. EBT herald

This newsletter is a publication of Friends of the East Broad Top, Inc., a nonprofit educational and historical society dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the East Broad Top Railroad, a US National Historic Landmark located in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania. As of the date of this newsletter, FEBT regular membership costs $30.00 per twelve months; other memberships are available. For more information please consult the FEBT web site at Friends of the East Broad Top, Inc., holds events and work sessions on the property of the East Broad Top Railroad and Coal Company by arrangement with the East Broad Top Railroad. However, the East Broad Top Railroad and Coal Company retains its right to restrict or deny access of any person to its property at any time and for any reason

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