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

Join us on October 11 and 12
Celebrate 20 years at FEBT's 2003 Fall Reunion

Come help us celebrate twenty years of Friends of the East Broad Top on October 11 and 12. On Saturday and Sunday of the 2003 Columbus Day holiday weekend, we will hold our twenty–first annual Fall Reunion at the East Broad Top Railroad. Enjoy the EBT's annual fall celebration and join us for a variety of FEBT–sponsored activities, including the FEBT Company Store, other vendor and dealer displays, photo and model contests, auction, Saturday dinner, and Sunday open house at the FEBT Museum at Robertsdale.

FEBT member W. George Cook has agreed to lead a driving tour along accessible sections of the McKelvey brothers logging railroad, FEBT webmaster Christopher D. Coleman will conduct a walking tour of the Mount Union yard, and FEBT assistant vice president Vagel C. Keller will again provide his celebrated Robertsdale mine walking tour. We hope to offer Fall Reunion registrants a special guided tour of the Rockhill Furnace yard that includes discussion of the restoration work FEBT volunteers have tackled there this year. We expect FEBT members will again be able to visit EBT combine no. 18 and baggage–express car no. 29 inside the car shop building, although access may be limited.


You can register for this year's Fall Reunion in advance by mail or register in person on October 11. Use the registration form included with this announcement to pre–register for the 2003 FEBT Fall Reunion. Help us avoid problems by filling in all information requested on the Fall Reunion registration form, including any reservations for the Fall Reunion dinner. Completed registration forms should be mailed to the following address:

FEBT Fall Reunion Registration
c/o Pat Coleman
3416 Lowell Drive
Columbus OH 43204

Please include your payment with your registration form and make all checks payable to "FEBT." Please do not combine your 2003 Fall Reunion registration and dinner registration payment with other payments (to renew your FEBT membership, for example). Do not mail registration forms to us after October 4; after this date you should plan to register in person on Saturday morning.

FEBT members and others who pre–register for the 2003 Fall Reunion can pick up their Reunion registration material on Friday, October 10, at the Orbisonia Lions Hall between 7 and 8:30 pm (approximately). The Fall Reunion registration table will open at the Lions Hall at 8 am Saturday. Throughout Saturday morning and afternoon pre–registered Fall Reunion participants can obtain their registration materials, and others may register on a walk–up basis.

This year we are producing two new numbers—4 and 5—for our series of locomotive number–plate jewelry pins for EBT locomotives constructed by the Baldwin Locomotive Works. Each registration package includes one of each pin. In addition to the new number–plate pins, each Fall Reunion registrant will receive one regular EBT fall celebration train ticket, one EBT shop tour ticket, 2003 Fall Reunion commemorative button, full EBT and FEBT schedules for the weekend, contest ballot, plus other information of interest to Fall Reunion participants. Because the Saturday evening Fall Reunion dinner is not included with your 2003 Fall Reunion registration, this year you must make a separate meal reservation on the registration form.

Note that you can pre–register for additional reunion packages for friends and family by indicating the number and type of registration packages desired and stating the names of all registrants in the appropriate block on the registration form. Please remember that spouses and dependent children of FEBT family, sustaining, associate, and life members qualify for the FEBT member rate for 2003 Fall Reunion registrations.

2003 Fall Reunion dinner

Separate reservations are required for our annual Fall Reunion dinner at the Orbisonia–Rockhill Fire Hall on Saturday, October 11. Note that there will be only one dinner seating at 5 pm. This year the buffet dinner menu features roast beef and turkey.

The capacity of the Orbisonia–Rockhill Fire Hall is 150 diners, and therefore we are offering only 150 reservations for the 2003 Fall Reunion dinner—available on a first–ordered, first–reserved basis. Fall Reunion registrants may reserve as many seats at the Saturday dinner as they wish until all 150 seats have been reserved. (Dinner tickets for any persons in your family or group who are not registered Fall Reunion participants will be included in the Fall Reunion material waiting for you at the registration table.) The additional required payment must be included with your advance registration form to hold reserved seats at the 2003 Fall Reunion dinner.

If seats are still available, FEBT members who register on Saturday morning may purchase reservations for the Fall Reunion dinner. Last year we were able to accommodate all registrants who wanted seats at the Fall Reunion dinner—but we can obviously make no guarantees that this year seats will still be available on October 11.

FEBT carpenter's aprons for sale

This year we are offering yellow bib–style carpenter's aprons printed with a two–color design that incorporates the FEBT logo. The apron is 100% heavy–weight canvas with three pockets and an attached hammer–loop. Wear it while working as a member of one of our restoration crews, while working on your EBT models, or when grilling in your backyard! The price of the FEBT carpenter's apron is shown on the Fall Reunion registration form. Supplies will be limited, so orders will be filled on a first–come, first–served basis; we recommend you order your FEBT carpenter's aprons when you pre–register. Fall Reunion registrants can pick up aprons they order from the Fall Reunion registration table when they obtain their registration materials. Any FEBT carpenter's aprons available after the orders submitted by those who pre–register for the Fall Reunion are filled can be purchased on Saturday and Sunday, while the supply lasts.

Not coming to the 2003 Fall Reunion? You can still order FEBT carpenter's aprons! Use the registration form to place your order and enclose the additional shipping and handling charge for mail orders with your payment. Mail orders will be filled from stock on hand after the Fall Reunion weekend; any payments for mail orders we receive that cannot be filled will be returned.

Fall Reunion volunteers needed!

The FEBT Reunion work group is looking for FEBT members who are willing to spend an hour or two of their time on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday of the 2003 Fall Reunion weekend to assist us at the Fall Reunion registration table, FEBT Company Store, FEBT information booth, FEBT Museum at Robertsdale, and with other Fall Reunion activities. If this sounds like something you'd like to do, use the questionnaire on the back of the registration form to indicate your interest. Or you can contact Vagel C. Keller, vice president, museum operations, who is coordinating our Fall Reunion volunteers, directly for more information:

Vagel C. Keller
P. O. Box 5130
Pittsburgh PA 15206
Telephone (412) 441–7881

Please remember to include your telephone number (and email address, if you have one) when returning your registration form or when you contact Vagel, so he can quickly establish communications with you.

So where is the Orbisonia Lions Hall?

To get to the Orbisonia Lions Hall from US 522, turn west (toward the EBT) at the Orbisonia traffic light, then turn left at K.L. Mills; the Lions Hall will be below and to the right.

For additional information

If you find you need additional information about the 2003 FEBT Fall Reunion, please contact Patricia Coleman by e–mail at, or by telephone at (614) 351–7338. Or look for Fall Reunion updates on the FEBT web site at

EBT 2003 Fall Celebration

The East Broad Top Railroad 2–8–2 locomotive no. 14 will again be the sole steam locomotive in operation during the railroad's 2003 Fall Celebration on October 11–12. Trains hauled by one of the EBT diesel locomotives are expected to help maintain the action. The railroad is still working on its operating schedule, but we know that the unique M–1 gas–electric will make its annual appearance and that the EBT's once–a–year night train will run on Saturday evening. Fares for train tickets have not yet been set. On both days guided tours inside the shops will again offered, and more activities may be on tap in the Rockhill Furnace yard throughout the day.

For information about the 2003 Fall Celebration, contact the EBT directly:

East Broad Top Railroad
P.O. Box 158
Rockhill Furnace PA 17249
Telephone: (814) 447–3011
FAX: (814) 447–3256
Web site:

Current EBT Fall Celebration information will also be posted on the FEBT web site as it becomes available.

FEBT annual business meeting, Pizza on Friday, October 10

The 2003 business meeting of Friends of the East Broad Top, Inc., will be held at 7 pm on Friday, October 10, at the Orbisonia Lions Hall. FEBT officers and directors will report on various matters and answer questions about our 2002 and 2003 operations. All FEBT members are welcome to attend.

If you're looking for dinner or a snack before the business meeting, join us for soft drinks and pizza at the Orbisonia Lions Hall. Pizza will be available starting at approximately 6 pm; cash contributions will be collected to cover the cost of the pizza.

Fall open house at FEBT Museum

The Friends of the East Broad Top Museum in Robertsdale will hold its annual fall open house in conjunction with the 2003 FEBT Fall Reunion. Both the general public and Fall Reunion registrants are invited to enjoy refreshments, coffee, and soft drinks on Sunday, October 12, between 9 am and 2 pm. Visitors to our museum can tour exhibits inside the former East Broad Top Railroad station and adjoining old Robertsdale post office. EBT books, videotapes, clothing, and souvenirs can be purchased in our museum gift shop.

Our museum will also be open on Saturday, October 11. Because of our 2003 Fall Reunion, special hours this day only will be 1 to 4 pm; if volunteers are available the museum may be open Saturday morning. The telephone number for the FEBT Museum, answered when the museum is open, is (814) 635–2388.

Display your EBT models and photographs
Contest rules for 2003 Fall Reunion

As a reminder to FEBT members interested in entering models or photographs in this year's Fall Reunion contests, the current rules governing these contests are reprinted here. Note that all models entered in the Fall Reunion contests are to be of East Broad Top Railroad prototypes, and all photos entered are to have the EBT as their subject.

This year we will again award special recognition to prize–winning model built from FEBT kits.

General rules

Any FEBT member who is a Reunion registrant may enter the model and photo contests. A member in good standing who cannot attend the Reunion may have a Reunion registrant submit an entry for that member.

Any FEBT member who is a Reunion registrant may enter a model which he owns but did not build, and may choose to have any award the model earns placed in the builder's name.

No model or photo that has ever won an award in a previous FEBT contest may be entered. Any model or photo that has been entered in a previous FEBT contest without winning an award may be repeatedly entered until it wins an award.


Photos will be entered in either the black–and–white or color categories.

All photos must be mounted on, or in, a mat board. No picture frames or glass/plexiglas covers may be used.

The size of the mat board used to mount any photo can be no larger than 11 inches by 14 inches. The photo may be any size that does not exceed the size of the mat board.

Only one photo may be submitted by an entrant in each of the black–and–white and color categories.

The photo must be entered under the photographer's name. Only the photographer can enter a photo.


There is no limit to the number of models entered by each entrant.

There must be at least two models entered in a category for a contest to be declared. No award will be given in any category in which a contest is not declared. At the discretion of the Contest Chairman, in consultation with the Reunion Chairman, categories may be combined to insure a contest. All models submitted will be eligible for the Best in Show award and any special contest awards.

The contest categories for models are as follows:

Locomotives — Any self–propelled equipment except maintenance–of–way speeders;

Freight Cars — Any revenue freight equipment, including cabooses;

Passenger Cars — Any revenue passenger equipment;

Maintenance of Way — Any nonrevenue equipment primarily intended for track or lineside maintenance;

Structures — Any building or other structure, either railroad–related or lineside;

Module/Diorama — A structure or structures that are mounted on a base which depicts a scene, with or without track.

Supporting documentation may be displayed with any entry, so long as the entrant's name does not appear on any of the documentation.

Special Contests: From time to time, special contests may be announced, featuring a specific subject or type of equipment. A special award will be given for the entry with the highest vote tally among the entries in the special category.


All awards will be by popular vote of all Reunion registrants. In addition to the categories listed above, a Best of Show category will be included for the model entries only.

Awards for first, second, and third place will be awarded in each category where a contest has been declared. In addition, all entries will receive a "Certificate of Merit" for participating in the contest.

Awards for first, second, and third place will normally consist of a plaque. In order to control expenses, the plaques may be prepared and provided to the recipients at a later date, so as not to create award plaques for categories in which no contest is declared. An appropriate certificate and/or ribbon will be provided at the contest to signify the winners in lieu of the plaques.

Special recognition for models from FEBT kits

In addition to prizes awarded as described in the official contest rules, FEBT will again award gift certificates from the FEBT Company Store to prize–winning models and certain other contest entries constructed from FEBT kits. Models from FEBT kits that win first–place in any contest category will receive $35.00 Company Store gift certificates; $25.00 will be awarded to second–place models, $15.00 to third–place models, and $10.00 gift certificates to other entries that, in the opinion of the contest judges, are worthy of recognition.

For more information about the Fall Reunion contests, contact

Robert J. Beebe, Contest Chairman
712 Meadowlark Road
Audubon PA 19403
Telephone: (610) 666–6711

EBT motel and lodging list available

A list of motels, bed–and–breakfasts, cottages, and campgrounds near the EBT is available on the FEBT web site Copies of the list can also be obtained by sending a self–addressed, stamped envelope to FEBT Fall Reunion registrar Pat Coleman, whose address can be found elsewhere in this newsletter.

Meeneghan collection to be sold at 2003 Fall Reunion auction

We invite 2003 Fall Reunion registrants to join us at the Orbisonia Lions Hall on the evening of Saturday, October 11–after the EBT night train–for our annual Fall Reunion auction, where EBT memorabilia, models, and other railroad items donated to FEBT will be sold to the highest bidders. All proceeds from the auction go to the FEBT Restoration Fund to support the work of our restoration program.

As we reported in February, the family of long–time FEBT member John V. Meeneghan has generously donated his collection of EBT models, books, and other materials to FEBT for sale at this year's auction. The most significant part of this collection is a complete set of the HOn3 EBT brass locomotives and cars imported by Hallmark Models. Specific items include painted models of EBT 2–6–2 locomotive no. 11 and EBT 2–8–2 locomotives nos. 12, 14, and 15; and unpainted models of EBT 2–8–2 locomotives nos. 16, 17, and 18, EBT gas–electric motorcar M–1, EBT business car no. 20, an EBT two–bay steel hopper car, and an EBT three–bay steel hopper car. The collection also includes two unpainted HOn3 EBT cabooses imported by Peach Creek Models. All of these brass models are in new condition and in their original boxes. Among other items donated to FEBT are books and videotapes with the EBT and other railroads as their subjects.

To encourage donations of additional suitable items for this year's auction, we are again including a $5.00 check–off discount for all Fall Reunion registrants who donate an item or collection of items worth $25 or more to FEBT for the Fall Reunion auction. EBT and railroad books, models, and other materials are welcome! 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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