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

FEBT directors set restoration goals for 2010

FEBT directors devoted much of their November meeting to reviewing our restoration program and determining the budget for our 2010 restoration efforts. As of the end of November, restoration spending in 2009 totaled $62,128. Including current authorizations carried forward, projected 2010 restoration spending of approximately $58,000 was approved. In allocating resources to our 2010 restoration budget, FEBT directors agreed to proceed cautiously, authorizing funds separately for the first and second halves of next year. They also agreed to review in detail our restoration and operating budgets in April and June and make any adjustments which changes in our financial resources may require.

At the request of Lee Rainey, who coordinates our restoration work at the East Broad Top Railroad, directors allocated $23,514 for materials and equipment for work at Rockhill Furnace in 2010. This budget allocation incorporates materials needed to repair the roof and south end of the machine shop, repair the roof over the shop boilers, continue repairs to the sandhouse, work on the roof of the coal bunker, and make additional improvements to the paint shop. Materials required for our ongoing restoration of EBT combine no. 14 and for various minor projects are also included.

2010 Rockhill Furnace Work Schedule

June 5–6
June 26–27
July 24–25
August 14–15
September 11–12
November 13–14

January 16–17
February 13–14
March 13–14
April 17–18
May 15–16
May 17–21 (work week) (Probable)

For more information contact:

FEBT Rockhill Work Crew Coordinator
R. Lee Rainey
784 Tanager Drive
State College, PA 16803-2502
Telephone: (814) 867–7878 (evenings)

2010 Robertsdale Work Schedule

July 3–4
July 17–18
August 7–8
August 21–22
September 4–5
September 18–19
October 16–17
November 6–7
January 23–24*
February 20–21*
March 20–21*
April 17–18
May 1–2
May 15–16
June 5–6
June 19–20
*Tentative dates subject to change at short notice due to weather or availability of volunteers.

FEBT Robertsdale Work Crew Coordinator
Hank Inman
2016 A Park Avenue
Richmond, VA 23220
Telephone: (804) 353–0817

As recommended by FEBT president Hank Inman, who coordinates our restoration work at Robertsdale, directors authorized a total budget of $29,348 for work at Robertsdale. This allocation includes current obligations to contractors for electrical work and the alarm system in the old post office carried forward from 2009. In the post office, the additional funds authorized will cover the estimated costs of the metal ceiling to be installed in the two main ground–floor rooms, wainscoting, trim, paint, and door hardware. The cost of obtaining five wood doors is not included in the budget, since Hank notes that we do not yet have reliable estimates for them.

Although work on our reproduction wood–beam passenger car trucks was completed in August, project coordinator Stephen W. Jacobs requested funding for additional work on the engineering drawings for the trucks and fabrication of brake components. Directors authorized $4,120 for this work in 2010. Steve reports that the refurbished original trucks from former EBT coach no. 15, leased from the Tweetsie Railroad, Inc., to serve as prototypes for the reproduction trucks, were returned to Blowing Rock, North Carolina in in October.

No 2010 allocation was made for our documentation of the Coles Station water tank, since all work on this project should be completed by the end of the current year. Hank Inman reports that the original measured drawings, large–format photographic negatives, photo index, and field notes prepared by historical architect John R. Bowie were transmitted to the US National Park Service in November. FEBT is retaining archival copies of this material for our collections; copies will also be transmitted to the Amherst Railway Society and the Society for Industrial Archeology, who together provided $5,000 in grant support for this project.

At the request of project coordinator William L. Adams, FEBT directors carried forward to 2010 the unspent portions of 2009 allocations for work on our new museum display panels and digital archive project. According to Bill, these resources, totaling $1,723 (including a $600 grant from the Amherst Railway Society), are sufficient for materials needed during the first half of 2010.

Funding for our restoration program is based primarily on donations we receive from FEBT members and other individuals, with limited additional financial support from grants. The 2010 restoration budget presumes that FEBT will receive donations in 2010 which, when combined with funds now on hand, will prove sufficient to meet the goals our directors have established for the coming year.

New items for sale at the FEBT Company Store

Company Store manager Richard M. Ullery reminds FEBT members that FEBT Company Store has several new items in stock. These include 1:22.3–scale dry–transfer lettering, available in three styles, for the East Broad Top Railroad's steel hopper cars; white decal lettering, available in O, S and HO scales, for the white–on–black version of the EBT's road crossing signs; and O, S and HO scale printed–paper reproductions of various EBT signs at the Rockhill Furnace yard and Orbisonia station.

The two new Quick Pic books featuring the EBT's two–bay steel hopper cars and 2–8–2 locomotives nos. 14 and 15 are now available. In addition, Dick reports that he has obtained limited quantities of East Broad Top: The Little Engines that Could on DVD. This title, previously marketed as a VHS videotape, incorporates some historic film footage, including a “truck swap” at Mount Union, and vintage still–photographic images.

Unfortunately, our plans to bring back 1960s audio recordings of the East Broad Top Railroad have been afflicted by delays at Semaphore Records. Dick expected that the first of these audio CDs, Sounds of the East Broad Top, featuring 15 minutes of EBT station, train, and locomotive sounds, including the voice of EBT operating vice president C. Roy Wilburn, would be available in October. Dick reports he is still waiting for delivery of this recording from Semaphore Records.

Information about some items available from the Company Store is included as an insert in this newsletter. A revised catalog listing all books, video and audio recordings, plans and drawings, model kits and supplies, historic photographs, and back issues of The Timber Transfer available from the FEBT Company Store is now on hand. The 2009–2010 catalog is available by mail for $3.00; it can also be viewed at the FEBT web site For more information about products, prices, and ordering information, contact Dick Ullery at

FEBT Company Store
c/o Richard Ullery
PO Box 145
Leetsdale, PA 15056
Telephone: (412) 259–8020

Please remember that payment for shipping and handling must be included with all orders. Pennsylvania residents must also include 6% sales tax calculated from the total cost of merchandise and shipping charges with their orders.

FEBT displays at train shows and conventions: can you help?

Members of Friends of the East Broad Top continue to assist our outreach efforts by representing us at recent and upcoming train shows and conventions. In November FEBT members William L. Adams, Richard M. Ullery, and Andrew H. Van Scyoc organized a display table at the Gaithersburg Railroad and Transportation Artifacts Show and Sale, where they distributed EBT and FEBT information to members of the public attending this annual Maryland show.

FEBT member James A. Vliet again plans to organize displays and distribute FEBT and EBT information at several train shows in early 2010. On January 10 Jim will be at the 20th Annual Winter Train Show and Exhibition in Freeport, New York. Jim will set up his FEBT display at the Amherst Railway Society's Railroad Hobby Show in West Springfield, Massachusetts, on January 30–31. On February 27–28 Jim will be at the Spring Thaw Train Meet in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Jim is also tentatively planning to set up his display at the Great Scale Train Show in Timonium, Maryland, on April 10–11. FEBT members interested in helping Jim at one of these shows can contact him by e–mail at, or by phone at (516) 771–1038 (home).

Next summer the National Model Railroad Association's 2010 National Train Show will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on July 16–18. FEBT members in that area interested in the possibility of setting up a FEBT display table at this train show (held in conjunction with the NMRA's 75th anniversary national convention) should contact FEBT outreach coordinator Dennis Straub, whose telephone number and e–mail address are given below, so that we can reserve space at this event.

FEBT has not yet reserved space at the 2010 National Narrow Gauge Convention, which will be held in Saint Louis, Missouri, on September 1–4. One of our directors has volunteered to transport material for a FEBT display to and from this convention, but he cannot organize and supervise the display. FEBT members who plan to attend this convention and are interested in helping us with a display table should contact Dennis Straub 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. Please contact FEBT outreach coordinator:

Dennis R. Straub
Outreach Coordinator
722 Alexander Spring Rd
Carlisle PA 17013
Telephone: (717) 249–4239

providing as much advance notice as possible.

Department of corrections

We take this opportunity to correct several errors which crept into recent newsletters. In the September newsletter FEBT member Stephen A. Runkle was mistakenly identified as the grandson of John H. Miller, who developed the mine at Joller served by the East Broad Top Railroad's Coles Valley branch. He is actually Miller's great–grandson. In the October FEBT Restoration News, FEBT director Stephen W. Jacobs's last name was misspelled in the caption for the photograph showing one of our reproduction trucks being unloaded at Rockhill Furnace. We apologize to Steve Runkle and Steve Jacobs for these errors.

Nominating committee seeks candidates

The nominating committee for the 2010 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 in February and March, 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, Stephen W. Jacobs, and Richard D. Shell. The four remaining board positions not up for election during the current election cycle will be the subject of our 2011 election; William L. Adams, Henry F. Inman, Vagel C. Keller, 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, and student/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 chairman of the nominating committee for the 2010 election cycle is William L. Adams, who joined the board in 2005 and currently serves as secretary. A restoration crew leader and coordinator of our digital archive project, Bill is a computer engineer working at the US Naval Research Laboratory. He resides in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC. Ronald L. Pearson and Richard M. Ullery are the other members of the nominating committee. Ron has been a member of FEBT from its first year and is a regular contributor to The Timber Transfer. Ron holds a doctorate in organic chemistry and until recent semi–retirement he directed research at a small corporation. Ron lives in Cincinnati. An active member of our Rockhill Furnace restoration work group, Dick Ullery also manages the FEBT Company Store. Dick is a retired corporate executive from a machine designer and manufacturer serving the steel industry; he lives near Pittsburgh.

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

The deadline for submitting names of potential candidates for nomination or nominating petitions to the nominating committee is January 23, 2010.

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 61 stamped, self–addressed envelope to Bill Adams at the address stated above.

Recent donations to FEBT

Friends of the East Broad Top has benefited from several recent donations which will support our museum operations.

Earlier this year long&8211;time FEBT member Rick C. Shoup donated additional boxes of railroad negatives, photographic prints, and 35–mm slides related to the East Broad Top Railroad, FEBT, and other railroads. Rick also contributed several other items sold at our 2009 fall reunion auction or retained for possible future use at our museum.

In October FEBT member Bruce G. Saylor donated paper records related to the operation of the EBT's Mount Union freight office; these records will eventually be organized and become part of our museum collection. Also in October, a donor who requested no recognition gave FEBT a used computer with monitor and keyboard. This computer is now stored at Robertsdale, where we can determine its potential use at our museum.

Donations of materials related to the East Broad Top Railroad or relevant to our mission and operations are always welcome. Please contact FEBT president Hank Inman at (804) 353–0817 or FEBT assistant vice president Vagel C. Keller at (412) 441–7881 or to confirm the appropriateness of the items you wish to donate to FEBT and to make the necessary arrangements to receive your contributions.

FEBT receives $5,000 bequest

In October Friends of the East Broad Top received a $5,000 bequest from the estate of the late Richard S. Stemler. Dr. Stemler was not a FEBT member, but he had made several donations to our 2001–2008 restoration fund–raising campaign. Dr. Stemler was a gastroenterologist who received his medical education at the University of Pennsylvania. He died in August at age 82 at his home in Bainbridge Island, Washington. This bequest will be used to support our restoration program.

FEBT's 2009 business meeting

Approximately 50 members of Friends of the East Broad Top attended the 2009 business meeting, held in the Orbisonia Lions Hall on October 9. FEBT president Hank Inman introduced directors, officers, and staff volunteers, who provided brief reviews of our 2009 operations. A preliminary 2008 accounting summary was also distributed and discussed. Copies of the final accounting review report will be distributed to all FEBT members with the next mailing of The Timber Transfer.

Sale of Taylor 0-Scale EBT models raises $9,000 for restoration

The sale of O–scale models of East Broad Top Railroad equipment donated by FEBT member Douglas C. Taylor, noted for modeling the EBT in HO scale, is projected to raise approximately $9,000 for the FEBT restoration program, reports FEBT president Hank Inman. Most of these models, which included imported brass locomotives and cars, several scratchbuilt models, models of passenger and freight cars assembled from kits, and unassembled kits, were sold at our 2009 Fall Reunion auction. Some items were not sold at the October auction, either because bids did not reach reserve prices or because no bids were offered. Most of these unsold models were sold after the conclusion of the auction at the reserve prices set by auctioneer Deane E. Mellander and the FEBT volunteers who assisted him. FEBT Company Store manager Richard M. Ullery is now selling the few remaining items from the Taylor collection on eBay. The sales income projected from donated Taylor models is based on $8,500 received from auction and post–auction sales and bidding to date on eBay for the remaining items.

In addition to the Taylor collection, several other items sold at our October auction generated approximately $200 for our restoration work. These books, railroad memorabilia, and miscellaneous materials were donated to FEBT by James Rothermel and FEBT members David S. Bucher, Christopher D. Coleman, Ray Fritsch, Jim Garts, Bill Payne, Rick C. Shoup, Craig A. Williams, and Donald A. Woshlo, Jr.

The Saturday–night auction was just one of the highlights from our 2009 Fall Reunion. The presentations by Larry Salone, president of the East Broad Top Railroad Preservation Association, and FEBT members Ronald L. Pearson and Stephen A. Runkle proved popular among the 98 FEBT members and guests who registered for this year's event. This popularity extended to the Sunday–morning open house at the FEBT Museum, which attracted more visitors than in past years. Information about these activities, together with coverage of the 2009 contests and tours of restoration work at Rockhill Furnace, will appear in an upcoming issue of The Timber Transfer<>/i>. 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. Effective January 1, 2009, FEBT regular membership costs $35.00 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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