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

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FEBT's 2004 Fall Reunion is October 8, 9, and 10

Join us on the 2004 Columbus Day holiday weekend for our twenty–second annual Fall Reunion at the East Broad Top Railroad. Our Fall Reunion schedule on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 8–10, should give all of our members plenty to do, while at the same time you enjoy the distinctive sights, sounds, and aromas of the EBT's 2004 fall celebration. Among the FEBT–sponsored activities will be the FEBT Company Store, other vendor and dealer displays, photo and model contests, auction, Saturday dinner, Sunday open house at the FEBT Museum at Robertsdale, and tours and clinics.

FEBT Fall Reunion tours on Saturday, October 9, will include at least one special guided tour around the EBT Rockhill Furnace shop complex to demonstrate the progress our restoration volunteers have made since last year and a guided walking tour of the EBT's Mount Union yard. On Sunday, October 10, FEBT assistant vice president Vagel C. Keller and FEBT member Ronald L. Pearson will again lead their Robertsdale mine walking tour. While not exactly a tour, our FEBT restoration volunteers plan to have exhibits on display at Rockhill Furnace on both Saturday and Sunday, showing the work now underway and planned for the future. Other tours may he added as we get Closer to October.

EBT 2004 Fall Celebration

Although boiler repairs on East Broad Top 2–8–2 locomotive no. 15 are nearing completion, it appears unlikely that all work can he finished in time for the railroad's 2004 fall celebration on October 9–10. Thus sister locomotive no. 14 will again be the sole steam locomotive in operation during the railroad's 2004 special fall event. 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 be offered, and more activities may be on tap in the Rockhill Furnace yard throughout the day.

For information about the 2004 fall celebration, contact the EBT directly:

East Broad Top Railroad
P. 0. 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.

New on this year's schedule are several clinics specifically aimed at EBT modelers. For those of you arriving early, between 4 and 6 pni on Friday, October 8, Ron Pearson and FEBT membership coordinator Peter A. Clarke discuss general aspects of modeling the EBT at the Orbisonia Lions Hall, using slides of their own H0n3 model railroads to illustrate their presentations. On Sunday morning Ron Pearson will give another clinic before the start of the Robertsdale mine tour. In this clinic Ron will discuss his historical investigations of the mines served by the EBT and his approach to modeling them.

2004 FEBT Fall reunion registration information

You can register for this year's Fall Reunion in advance by mail or register in person on October 9. Use the registration form included with this announcement to pre–register for the 2004 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
clo 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 2004 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 2; after this date you should plan to register in person on Saturday morning.

FEBT members and others who pre–register for the 2004 Fall Reunion can pick up their Reunion registration material on Friday, October 8, 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.

Each Fall Reunion registrant will receive one regular EBT fall celebration train ticket, one EBT shop tour ticket, 2004 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 2004 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 2004 Fall Reunion registrations.

2004 Fall Reunion dinner

Separate reservations are required for our annual Fall Reunion dinner at the Orbisonia–Rockhill Fire Hall on Saturday, October 9. Note that there will be only one dinner seating at 5 pm. This year the buffet dinner menu will feature roast beef and turkey.

The capacity of the Orbsionia–Rockhill Fire Hall is 150 diners, and therefore we are offering only 150 reservations for the 2004 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 2004 Fall Reunion diner

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 9.

FEBT Fall Reunion auction

We invite 2004 Fall Reunion registrants to join us at the Orbisonia Lions Hall on the evening of Saturday, October 9—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.

To encourage donations of 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.

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 2004 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 FEBT assistant vice president Vagel C. Keller, who is coordinating our Fall Reunion volunteers, directly for more information:

Vagel C. Keller
P. 0. 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 2004 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

FEBT and EBT finalize lease agreement for use of Rockhill Furnace paint shop

On August 14 Joseph Kovalchick, president of the East Broad Top Railroad, and Hank Inman, president of Friends of the East Broad Top, signed a letter of agreement summarizing the terms of a lease that will permit FEBT to establish a car restoration shop inside the brick paint shop building in Rockhill Furnace. FEBT will make a nominal lease payment to the EBT each year, and may, in consultation with the railroad, undertake repairs and improvements to the building required for our use. Since we are just starting to evaluate what work will he needed, more information will be published about this project in future newsletters and the Timber Transfer, as our plans become more concrete.

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 2004 FEBT Fall Reunion. Both the general public and Fall Reunion registrants are invited to enjoy refreshments, coffee, and soft drinks on Sunday, October 10, 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 oar museum gift shop.

Our museum will also be open on Saturday, October 9. Because of our 2004 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.

FEBT campaign's fourth year will feature New John H. Coker art reproduction

For the fourth year of our campaign to raise funds for the Friends of the East Broad Top restoration and development programs, we have commissioned an original painting from noted railroad artist and FEBT member John H. Coker. The painting depicts a train of empty EBT hoppers rounding the curve at the Robertsdale water tank, headed toward Woodvale. As in previous years, contributors who make donations of $50 or more can receive a reproduction of Leaving Robertsdale, Pennsylvania. An announcement and restoration progress report will be mailed to all FEBT members later this month.

the Timber Transfer is coming!

After a longer than usual delay, publication of the Timber Transfer is now back on track. Editor Kevin C. Strong reports that he has four issues nearing completion we plan to get all of these into the mail to FEBT members before the end of 2004. Two issues will probably be mailed together in September, and two more in November. As the extended hiatus since the beginning of the year, when the last issues of our magazine were mailed, was largely my fault, I offer my personal apologies to FEBT members who have patiently waited for the next issue of The Timber to arrive. – Hank Inman, FEBT president

Display your EBT models and photographs
Contest rules for 2004 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 prizewinning 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 he 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–whiteor color categories.

All photos must be mounted on. or in, a mat board. No picture frames or glass/plexiglass 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 he 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 (tie number of models entered by each entrant.

There must he 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 he 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 he provided at the contest to signify the winners in lieu of the plaques.

Special recognition for models fronm FEBT kits

In addition to prizes awarded as described in the official contest rules, FEBT will again award gift certificates front 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

FEBT annual business meeting, Pizza on Friday, October 8

The 2004 business meeting of Friends of the East Broad Top, Inc., will be held at 7 pm on Friday, October 8, at the Orbisonia Lions Hall. FEBT officers and directors will report on various matters and answer questions about our 2003 and 2004 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.

FEBT Company Store at Fall Reunion

Although we have not yet found a new manager for the Friends of the East Broad Top Company Store, FEBT director Craig A. Williams plans to have plenty of merchandise on display in the Orbisonia Lions Hall at the 2004 Fall Reunion. Some products will be deeply discounted to reduce inventory while our mail–order sales are suspended. If you've needed a kit, part, book, or other EBT item from the Company Store, here's your chance!

Craig can be contacted by e–mail at if You have questions about the FEBT Company Store. 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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