Join us on the 2005 Columbus Day holiday weekend for our twenty–third annual Fall Reunion at the East Broad Top Railroad. Our Fall Reunion schedule on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 7–9, should give all of our members plenty to do, according to FEBT membership coordinator Peter A. Clarke and his wife Jane, who are organizing this year's event. Of course, at the same time you can enjoy the distinctive sights, sounds, and aromas of the EBT's 2005 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 8, 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 FEBT member Christopher D. Colernan's guided walking tour of the EBT's Mount Union yard. Our special guest, Linn Moedinger, chief mechanical officer at the Strasburg Rail Road, will be giving a presentation on the restoration of EBT 2–8–2 no. 15 in the roundhouse on Saturday afternoon. On Sunday, October 9, 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 be added as we get closer to October.
Due to their popularity last year, two clinics will be held between 4 and 6 pm on Friday, October 7 at the Orbisonia Lions Hall. Ron Pearson will discuss modeling the Chance coal cleaning plant and historic architect John R. Bowie will discuss the documentation of the Saltillo station (and perhaps a preview of documentation of the Coles Station water tank.)
You can register for this year's Fall Reunion in advance by mail or register in person on October 7 or 8. Use the registration form included with this announcement to pre–register for the 2005 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 2005 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 1; after this date you should plan to register in person on Friday afternoon or Saturday morning.
FEBT members and others who pre–register for the 2005 Fall Reunion can pick up their Reunion registration material on Friday, October 7, at the Orbisonia Lions Hall between 5 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, one coaster featuring the number plate of EBT locomotive no. 15, 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 2005 Fall Reunion registration, 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 2005 Fall Reunion registrations.
We are again offering t–shirts for sale at the reunion! These 100% heavy cotton, dark green shirts with yellow lettering will feature the FEBT logo on the front and a list of our completed and current restoration projects on the back. Remind your friends that FEBT "is working on the railroad."
We will also offer sets of three coasters with a design based on the numberplate of EBT locomotive no. 15. These three–color laminated, cork–backed coasters are suitable for hot or cold drinks. Buy a set to go along with the coaster included in your registration package. (If this item proves popular, we may offer additional similar coasters in the future.)
Please refer to the registration form to purchase t–shirts and coasters.
Separate reservations are required for our annual Fall Reunion dinner at the Orbisonia–Rockhill Fire Hall on Saturday, October 8. Note that there will be only one dinner seating at 5 pm. This year the dinner menu will feature barbecue chicken and pork ribs!
The capacity of the Orbisonia–Rockhill Fire Hall is 150 diners, and therefore we ate offering only 150 reservations for the 2005 Fall Reunion dinner—available on a first–ordered, first–reserved basis. You must indicate your entree selection at the time of registration. 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 2005 Fall Reunion dinner.
If seats are still available, FEBT members who register on Saturday morning may purchase reservations for the Fall Reunion dinner. We cannot guarantee that you will get your entree choice if you don't pre–register. 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 8.
We invite 2005 Fall Reunion registrants to join us at the Orbisonia Lions Hall on the evening of Saturday, October 8 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.
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 2005 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 email address (preferred) or telephone number when returning your registration form or when you contact Vagel, so he can quickly establish communications with you.
To get to the Orbisonia Lions Hall from US 522, turn west (toward the EBT) at the Orbisonia traffic light then turn left at the K.L. Mills hardware store; the Lions Hall will be just beyond it on the right.
If you find you need additional information about the 2005 FEBT Fall Reunion, please contact Patricia Coleman by e–mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by telephone at (614) 561–2671. Look for Fall Reunion updates on the FEBT website at www.febt.org.
The boiler repairs on East Broad Top 2–8–2 locomotive no. 15 will be completed in time for the EBT's 2005 Fall Celebration on October 8–9, reports EBT general manager Stanley G. Hall. Sister locomotive no. 14 will also in steam, and several double–headed trains will be operated during the weekend. 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. Preliminary plans call for special photo trains, with both steam locomotives, to be ran early each morning. 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 2005 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: www.ebtrr.com
Current EBT fall celebration information will also be posted on the FEBT web site www.febt.org as it becomes available.
To aid FEBT members interested in the special "exhibition" contests at this year's Fall Reunion–and as a reminder to the rest of us about what we've accomplished during the past several years here's a summary of completed and current restoration projects.
Rockhill Furnace: North and south section sheds restored; car shop windows, doors repaired, new paint; machine shop windows, siding repaired, new paint; generator room roof, window repaired, new paint; new ties for track no. 3; paint shop floor, wiring, windows repaired; boiler house wall, roof repaired, new paint; boiler house coal bin; electrical shop restored; and "canyon" between car and machine shops repaired.
Robertsdale: EBT depot leased and partially restored; and old post office purchased and rehabilitated.
Saltillo: EBT station documented.
Coles Station: EBT water tank documented.
Rolling Stock: Combine no. 16 trucks; combine no. 18 purchased and returned to EBT; baggage car no. 29 purchased and returned to EBT; coach no. 8 roof repaired; caboose no. 28 repaired and restored; side–dump hopper car no. 802 rehabilitated; flat car no. 119 repaired; and locomotive no. 15 boiler jacket reinstalled
The 2005 business meeting of Friends of the East Broad Top, Inc., will be held at 7 pm on Friday, October 7, at the Orbisonia Lions Hall. FEBT officers and directors will report on various matters and answer questions about our 2004 and 2005 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.
The Friends of the East Broad Top Museum in Robertsdale will hold its annual fall open house in conjunction with the 2005 FEBT Fall Reunion. Both the general public and Fall Reunion registrants are invited to enjoy refreshments, coffee, and soft drinks on Sunday, October 9, 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 8. Because of our 2005 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>
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 are adding two "exhibition contests" focused on our restoration program. Photos showing FEBT restoration volunteers at work and models of buildings and equipment on which restoration work has been completed or underway will receive special recognition.
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 builders 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 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 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 non–revenue 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.
In addition to prizes awarded as described in the official contest rules, FEBT will award gift certificates from the FEBT Company Store for prize–winning photos featuring FEBT restoration volunteers at work and for models of buildings and equipment where restoration work (including documentation) has been undertaken. The first–place photo in this "exhibition" category will receive a $35.00 Company Store gift certificate; $25.00 will be awarded to the second–place winner, and $15.00 to the third–place winner. The best three models of buildings or equipment on which FEBT restoration work has occurred—or is now in progress— will receive similar "exhibition" awards. (A list of restoration projects can be found elsewhere in this newsletter.)
For more information about the Fall Reunion contests, contact
Robert J. Beebe, Contest Chairman
712 Meadowlark Road
Audubon PA 19403
Telephone: (610) 666–6711