At the November meeting of our board of directors, FEBT vice president Lee Rainey, who coordinates our restoration work at Rockhill Furnace, observed that next year we will emphasize completing projects already underway. The same approach also characterizes planned work on our two other major restoration projects. Thus to "finish what we've begun," FEBT directors authorized a 2006 preliminary restoration budget totaling $84,000. Although this budget incorporates new allocations for work at Rockhill Furnace, the budget for work at Coles Station and Robertsdale largely carries forward funds authorized but unspent in 2005.
At Rockhill Furnace, Lee indicates that we should easily finish work on our reconstruction of the EBT boiler shop and rehabilitation of hopper car no. 802 next year, since both projects are now near completion: Only paint and a few odds and ends are required. Our volunteers will also press ahead on the continuing repairs to the windows and doors of the main shop complex and the remediation of erosion caused by Jordan Cemetery Creek behind the sand house and paint shop buildings. At Lee's request, $9,000 was authorized for restoration work at Rockhill Furnace in 2006. Further work on the paint shop, home of our car restoration facility, is also planned. FEBT volunteers will tackle repairs to the building's wood doors and further work on its windows. The estimated cost of installing insulation under the metal roof is also incorporated in the $11,000 allocated to this project next year, although Lee notes that the insulation does not have high priority.
For more information contact Lee Rainey at (814) 667–7878 or email@example.com
Work on our documentation of the EBT's water tank at Coles Station started in early October when historic architect John R. Bowie made his first visit to the site. The 2006 budget is $11,500 for this project, which will assemble measured drawings and large–format photographs meeting, standards established by the Historical American Engineering Record for the EBT's last surviving water tank; this amount was authorized for this project earlier this year. FEBT president Hank Inman reports that the FEBT has received the $4,000 in grant funds awarded to us for this project from the Society for Industrial Archaeology and the Amherst Railway Society.
The final phase of our rehabilitation of the old post office building in Robertsdale for the FEBT Museum should finally move forward next year. At the November meeting of the board Hank Inman reported that he had discussed the task of preparing the necessary construction drawings and specifications for this work–and getting the necessary approval for it with John Bowie. The $45,000 authorized for this project in 2006 should cover the cost of John's services and most of the cost of work we will have performed by contractors. The board allocated $500 for maintaining the Robertsdale depot.
Our 2006 preliminary restoration budget also includes approximately $4,800 to return funds borrowed in 2002 from the FEBT Life Member Account to "bring home" EBT passenger cars nos. 18 and 29, and for payments due in 2006 for the loan we received for the first phase of work on the old Robertsdale post office. For the first time our directors also incorporated a specific allocation—$4,000—for acquiring museum artifacts and collections in the 2006 restoration budget.
As FEBT president Hank Inman points out in the 2005/6 restoration newsletter mailed to FEBT members several weeks ago, the funds allocated to our 2006 restoration program assume that FEBT continues to receive the financial support FEBT members have provided in previous years. The donations our fund–raising campaign receives during the next several months will obviously be an important factor our directors consider when they approve our 2006 final restoration budget at their March meeting.
The official start of the fifth year of our fund–raising campaign has been delayed for "a variety of not very good reasons," reports FEBT president Hank Inman. The announcement marking the beginning of each year of our campaign is usually mailed to FEBT members in September or October. However, this year's announcement hit the mailbox earlier this month. Again this year we are offering donors who contribute $50 or more reproductions of an original painting featuring the East Broad Top Railroad. Thanks to FEBT members Polly Rose and Deane E. Mellander, we are pleased to offer qualifying donors reproductions of Ted Rose's watercolor painting On the Hill, which depicts an EBT train at Kimmel siding in winter.
We remind FEBT members that the success our restoration program has enjoyed during the past four years is due primarily to the contributions we have received from our fund–raising campaign, and that continued progress depends on the ongoing financial support you provide. Please send all restoration donations to us at the following address:
Friends of the East Broad Top
Restoration Fund Treasurer
513 Shady Avenue, No. 12
Pittsburgh PA 15206–4447
After a hiatus of almost 18 months, the FEBT Company Store has resumed operation. Our new manager of mail–order sales is FEBT member Richard M. Ullery. Dick's primary focus is organizing our present inventory, and this may cause delays in filling some orders. A catalog of items currently available can be obtained by sending $2.50 to the address stated below.
Some new items are available, however. A third Quick Pic guide to EBT equipment is now being published. East Broad Top Narrow Gauge Steel Boxcars provides detailed photographic coverage of the EBT's home–built steel box cars: the retail price of this book is $17.99*. More information about this guide—and the previously published EBT Quick Pic books—can be found in the announcement mailed with this newsletter.
Dick has also obtained additional copies of the two Historic American Building Survey/Historic American Engineering Record publications dealing with the EBT. The Company Towns of the Rockhill Iron and Coal Company: Robertsdale and Woodvale (1990) is still $10.00*. Dick purchased all remaining copies from the last printing of this book: it is our understanding that no more copies will he printed. Plenty of copies of Brickyard Towns: A history of Refractories Industry Communities in South–Central Pennsylvania (1993) are still available at $15.00*.
Finally, by arrangement with the Mount Union Area Historical Society, FEBT is offering selected photographic prints from the society's collection chosen by EBT historian and FEBT vice president R. Lee Rainey. An announcement about this offer is included with the issues of The Timber Transfer mailed to FEBT members earlier this month.
All orders and inquiries related to the Company Store should be communicated to
FEBT Company Store
P.0. Box 145
Leetsdale PA 15056
Telephone and FAX: (412) 259–8020
Note FEBT members receive a 15% discount on these prices. Payment of $2.50 for the first book plus $1.00 for each additional book must be included to cover packaging and postage. Pennsylvania residents must include 6% sales tax, calculated from the total for books a nd shipping charges.
Earlier this month all current FEBT members were mailed two issues of the Timber Transfer (volume 21 no. 4 and volume 22 no. 1). Because of holiday delays at the US Postal Service, however, many FEBT members will probably not receive this mailing until the end of December or early January. FEBT members who experience problems with missing or damaged issues of the Timber Transfer should contact Peter A. Clarke at the FEBT membership office by telephone at (301) 482–1136, by e–mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by writing to the return address on the last page of this newsletter.
With these issues we are getting closer to our goal of returning publication of the Timber Transfer to its intended regular quarterly schedule. Kevin C. Strong, editor of the Timber Transfer, reports that he hopes to send the next issue of our magazine to our printer in January.
In September FEBT completed arrangements to purchase an East Broad Top Railroad motor car from FEBT member W.R. Newton. The motor car was constructed by the railroad, using a Fairmont engine, in 1920 and used in section and track maintenance service. The motor car is open with a flat front and windscreen. In October FEBT member Richard D. Shell transported the motor car from North Carolina to Rockhill Furnace, where it is now in covered storage.
In June the board of directors elected FEBT member Wade N. Woodcock to succeed FEBT director Craig A. Williams, who resigned effective May 17. Craig had served over ten years in this—his second—stint on our board of directors. During this time Craig gas assisted us on several restoration projects and with the FEBT Company Store. Craig is still actively involved as one of our coordinators for the reproduction trucks for EBT combination passenger–baggage car no. 16.
Wade has a closer connection to the East Broad Top Railroad than most of us since members of his family worked for the railroad during the era of common carrier operations. Wade has been an active volunteer as a member of the Robertsdale and Rockhill Furnace restoration work crews and the FEBT Company Store. In particular, Wade stepped in last year to provide critical assistance after the unexpected death of Richard B. Keller, allowing operation of the Company Store to resume several months ago. Professionally Wade is an engineer working as a project manager for Komax Systems York. Wade's present appointment as director will continue until early 2006, when Craig's seat on the board comes up for election.
Five of our members received recognition for special contributions to FEBT at our 2005 Fall Reunion dinner on October 8.
John R. Snyder and Craig A. Williams, who both retired earlier this year after longstanding service on our board of directors, received awards for their cumulative service to FEBT as officers, directors, and staff volunteers. The service awards presented to Stephen W. Jacobs, Larry M. Freeman, and Charles A. Wootton recognize their "extraordinary vision and leadership in the creation of our car restoration facility" in the space we lease inside the EBT's paint shop building in Rockhill Furnace.
FEBT members will find complete coverage about this year's FEBT Fall Reunion and the 2005 EBT Fall Spectacular in an upcoming issue of the Timber Transfer.
The nominating committee for the 2006 election seeks 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 five of the nine members of the board of directors. The seats up for election are now occupied by William R. Blomgren, Thomas A. Diehl, Jr., R. Lee Rainey, Larry H. Williams, and Wade N. Woodcock. The four remaining board positions not up for election during the current election cycle will be the subject of our 2007 election; William L. Adams, Robert R. Farquharson, Henry F. Inman, and Dennis R. Straub 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 2006 election cycle are William L. Adams (chairman), William E. Grant, Jr., and Nancy E. Jacqmin. Bill Adams is an active member of our Rockhill Furnace restoration work crew; he worked on our documentation of the EBT’s Saltillo station building and is helping us document the Coles Station water tank. He was elected as a member of the FEBT board of directors last year. Bill is a computer engineer at the US Navy Research Laboratory. As an architectural advisor to FEBT, Bill Grant played an instrumental role in the first phase of our restoration of the old Robertsdale post office; he supervised our documentation of the interior of the EBT’s Saltillo station and helps us at the FEBT Company Store. Bill is a registered architect and a member of the Murphy Architectural Group. Nancy Jacqmin has served as FEBT’s restoration fund treasurer since 2001; she is also a volunteer at the FEBT Museum. Nancy is an associate professor and director of the mathematics, engineering and computer science programs at Carlow University.
The names of potential nominees and nominating petitions should be submitted to
William L. Adams, Chairman
FEBT Nominating Committee
109 Onondaga Drive
Forest Heights MD 20745
Telephone: (301) 567–8309 (home)
The deadline for submitting names of potential candidates for nomination or nominating petitions to the nominating committee is January 28. 2006.
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 (63¢ after January 8) to Bill Adams at the address stated above.
On Friday, October 7, approximately 50 FEBT members attended the 2005 business meeting of Friends of the East Broad Top, Inc., held at the Orbisonia Lions Hall. FEBT officers and staff volunteers discussed work on various FEBT projects and initiatives, and FEBT president Hank Inman presented and reviewed a preliminary 2004 financial summary. Copies of our accountant's 2004 review report are on their way to all current FEBT members with the issues of The Timber Transfer mailed earlier this month.
In early October we were saddened to learn of the death of FEBT member Walter "Bud" Goldby. Until recently Bud was a regular member of our Rockhill Furnace restoration crew; he also worked as a volunteer at the FEBT Museum in Robertsdale. We know all FEBT members join us in expressing our condolences to his sons Bob Goldby and Christopher Goldby and his son–in–law Robert D. Reffner—all FEBT members—and to all the other members of his family.
We would like to thank the FEBT members who responded to our request earlier this year for machine tools needed to equip our car restoration facility in the East Broad Top Railroad's paint shop building in Rockhill Furnace.
In June Roger L. Yard donated a floor–model 16–speed heavy–duty drill press, a compound slide machinist's vise, and assorted clamps, jigs, and tooling for this drill press. FEBT secretary Bob Farquharson transported the drill press from Roger's South Carolina home to Rockhill Furnace.
Also in June we received a 10–inch radial–arm saw with blades, dado blade, and dust hood donated by Randy Young, who delivered this equipment directly to us in Rockhill Furnace.
In July former FEBT member John H. Armstrong donated an industrial–grade router, router table, and attachments to us. FEBT vice president Lee Rainey transported these items from Ohio to Rockhill Furnace.
Several FEBT members are assisting our education campaign by distributing information about the East Broad Top Railroad and FEBT at recent or upcoming conventions and train shows. In early September Timothy Tice, Donald A. Woshlo, Jr., and R. Lee Rainey organized and set up a FEBT display table at the 25th National Narrow Gauge Convention in Dearborn, Michigan– On December 10 Christopher and Patricia Coleman organized their usual FEBT display table at the Buckeye Railroad and Model Train Show and Sale in Columbus, Ohio.
FEBT member James A. Vliet informs us he plans to organize displays and distribute FEBT and EBT information at the following train shows in early 2006: the Great South Bay Model Railroad Club's Winter Train Show in Freeport, New York, on January 8; the Amherst Railway Society's Big Railroad Hobby Show in West Springfield, Massachusetts, on January 28–29, and the Spring Thaw Train Meet in Alter town, Pennsylvania, on February 25–26. FEBT members interested in helping Jim at one of more of these shows can contact him by telephone at (516) 771–1038 (home) or by e–mail at email@example.com
Next summer the National Model Railroader Association's 2006 national convention will be held in Philadelphia. FEBT members in the Philadelphia area interested in the possibility of setting up a FEBT display table at the convention and its associated train show on July 2–9 should contact FEBT president Hank Inman, whose telephone number is given below, so that we can reserve space at this event.
FEBT has not yet reserved space at the 2006 National Narrow Gauge Convention, which will be held in Durango, Colorado, on August 21–26. FEBT members in Colorado, or who plan to attend this convention, interested in helping us with a display table should contact Hank Inman as soon as possible, so we can make the necessary arrangements.
We are always happy to provide literature and information about the EBT and FEBT to FEBT members for distribution at train shows, conventions, and other events. Interested FEBT members should call FEBT president Hank lnman—providing as much advance notice as possible. at (804) 353–0817.