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

2010 FEBT summer celebration is June 5

Join us in Rockhill Furnace and Robertsdale on Saturday, June 5, for our annual celebration marking the start of operations at the East Broad Top Railroad and FEBT Museum. This year’s event will feature special presentations by our restoration volunteers—open to FEBT members only—focused on our restoration of EBT combination baggage-passenger car no. 14 and our rehabilitation of the old Robertsdale post office.

The guided tour and discussion of our work in Robertsdale starts at 1 pm. The final phase of our rehabilitation of the old post office started in 2007; the bulk of this work should conclude this year. The post office, constructed by the Rockhill Iron & Coal Company circa 1916, will become our principal museum building when all work is completed. This tour will begin on the ground floor of the post office and may include a walk along cleared sections of the right-of-way southwest of the FEBT Museum.

The presentation related to our work on combine no. 14 begins at 3:30 pm. Our restoration of this historic EBT passenger car, which the railroad purchased second-hand from the Boston, Revere Beach & Lynn Railroad in 1916, started several years ago. Our volunteers have removed the car’s exterior and interior sheathing to expose the internal wood framework. Last year this wood frame was repaired and realigned; this year we will begin replacing the interior and exterior sheathing. FEBT members interested in participating in this discussion should meet at the door of the Rockhill Furnace paint shop.

As in past years FEBT volunteers working with the EBT will offer guided tours inside the railroad’s Rockhill Furnace machine shop and roundhouse. In Robertsdale the FEBT Museum will be open on both Saturday and Sunday; complimentary soft drinks will be available both days. FEBT restoration volunteers will be working at both Robertsdale and Rockhill Furnace during the weekend, so visitors will be able to discuss the progress of our restoration program with our volunteers while they work.

There is no registration fee for the 2010 FEBT summer celebration; however, FEBT members should visit the FEBT information booth (near the Rockhill Furnace roundhouse) to obtain complimentary name badges. These name badges are the basis of admission to the two special summer celebration discussions at Robertsdale and Rockhill Furnace.

As in past years, we need volunteers to help us at our Rockhill Furnace information booth on June 5-6. FEBT members interested in helping us at Rockhill Furnace should contact:

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

as soon as possible:

EBT celebrates 50 years of tourist service

On Saturday, June 5, the East Broad Top Railroad will celebrate the start of its 50th year of tourist service. Special trains and a commemorative ticket offer will mark this remarkable occasion. The day’s activities will start at 10 am with announcements at the EBT’s historical shop and station complex in Rockhill Furnace. Trains featuring EBT 2-8-2 steam locomotive no. 15 are scheduled to depart Orbisonia Station for Colgate Grove at 11 am and 1, 3, and 5 pm. At 11 am and 3 pm the railroad’s unique gas-electric motor car, the M-1, will make two round trips to Colgate Grove. Inspection motor car M-3 and speeders will make the same round-trip run at 2 pm. Throughout the day FEBT volunteers will offer tours of the EBT’s main shop and roundhouse, and speeder rides will be available at the south end of the Rockhill Furnace yard. A special steam-powered dinner train will leave at 7 pm. Following the return of the dinner train, EBT film and video recordings will be shown at the Rockhill Trolley Museum.

2010 Rockhill Furnace Work Schedule

August 14–15
September 11–12
November 13–14

May 15–16
June 5–6
June 26–27
July 24–25
Work week will be held May 17–21. 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

August 21–22
September 4–5
September 18–19
October 16–17
November 6–7

May 15–16
June 5–6
June 19–20
July 3–4
July 17–18
August 7–8
For more information contact:

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

Ticket prices for the regular steam trains on June 5 are the standard fares for 2010. The cost of regular seats is $13.00 for adults and $8.00 for children. Tickets for caboose seats are $15.00, and tickets for the EBT’s private car, the "Orbisonia," can be purchased for $16.00.

Tickets for the Saturday evening dinner train are $35.00. These tickets incorporate a buffet-style dinner served at Colgate Grove.

Train operations on Sunday, June 6, will revert to the railroad’s usual schedule: Trains to Colgate Grove will leave Orbisonia Station at 11 am and 1 and 3 pm. Guided tours of the railroad shops and roundhouse and speeder rides will also be offered on Sunday.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of its tourist operations, the EBT will sell a special commemorative ticket package on June 5 and 6 only. For $35.00 the purchaser will receive a regular train ticket, a shop-tour ticket, a speeder-ride ticket, and a souvenir cap.

2010 Railroad operations

This year the EBT will augment its usual weekend-only operating schedule to include trains on two Mondays of holiday weekends and special train operations in November and December.

Trains will operate at 11 am, 1pm, and 3 pm on Saturdays and Sundays, June 12 through October 24. The same operating schedule also applies to trains on Monday, July 5, and Monday, September 6. Special Halloween trains will run on October 30-31, and special Santa trains will operate on November 27 and December 4.

As noted elsewhere in this newsletter, FEBT volunteers plan to offer guided tours of the railroad’s historic shop complex on all of the EBT’s regular operating weekends.

Special events at the EBT in 2010 include Fan Appreciation Day on Saturday, August 14, and the Fall Spectacular on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 8-10. A photographers’ train will be run on October 8. Special ticket prices apply to all trains during these events.

Annual passes now available

The EBT is now selling annual passes for its 2010 season. Holders of these passes may ride in a standard seat on any regular scheduled train. Until June 5 the cost of the annual pass is $100.00; on June 5 the cost of the special pass increases to $125.00. To purchase passes and tickets, inquire about group rates, or obtain specific train information, contact the East Broad Top Railroad directly at (814) 447-3011. Information about the EBT’s 2010 operating schedule and special events is posted on the railroad’s web site and can also be found on the FEBT web site

Five FEBT directors elected, 2010 officers chosen

On April 16 the official tabulation of votes compiled by election judge Lee R. Wilson was presented to the FEBT board of directors during its first meeting of 2010. Elected to two-year terms as directors (votes received in parentheses) were R. Lee Rainey (122), Nancy E. Jacqmin (98), Stephen W. Jacobs (94), Richard D. Shell (82), and Lawrence Biemiller (78). Andrew H. Van Scyoc and Wade N. Woodcock received 68 and 63 votes respectively. The following individuals received one write-in vote each: Stanley G. Hall, Philip J. Padgett, Michael J. Swinnerton, and Richard F. Wickett. Lee Wilson based his tabulation on the 127 valid ballots he received as of the April 5 deadline for the 2010 election of directors.

The five elected directors will serve until their successors are elected in early 2012; they join continuing directors William L. Adams, Henry F. Inman, Vagel C. Keller, and Dennis R. Straub, whose current terms will end in 2011.

The board of directors thanks FEBT members William L. Adams (chairman), Ronald L. Pearson, and Richard M. Ullery for serving as the nominating committee for this election, and Lee R. Wilson for again acting as election judge.

Current FEBT directors

As a matter of record, contact information is published here for all FEBT directors; residential (evening) telephone numbers are listed.

William L. Adams 109 Onondaga Drive, Forest Heights MD 20745 (301) 567–8309
Lawrence Biemiller 2853 Ontario Road NW, No. 222, Washington DC 20009 (202) 494–7670
Henry F. Inman 2016 A Park Avenue, Richmond VA 23220 (804) 353–0817  
Nancy E. Jacqmin. 513 Shady Avenue, No. 12, Pittsburgh PA 15206 (412) 363–2160
Stephen W. Jacobs 33 Pennwick Drive, Lititz PA 17543 (717) 627–4121
Vagel C. Keller P.O. Box 5130, Pittsburgh PA 15206 (412) 441–7881
R. Lee Rainey 784 Tanager Drive, State College PA 16803 (814) 867–7878
Richard D. Shell 516 Houston Mines Road, Troutville VA 24175 (540) 992–3611
Dennis R. Straub 722 Alexander Spring Road, Carlisle PA 17015 (717) 249–4239

Up-to-date contact information for FEBT officers and directors is also posted on the FEBT web site

Election of officers, 2010 meeting schedule

During its April meeting the board elected corporate officers for the coming year; these officers are Henry F. Inman, president; R. Lee Rainey, vice president; William L. Adams, secretary; and William T. Wheeler, treasurer. (Our bylaws do not require the treasurer to be a member of the board, and Bill has served as our treasurer since FEBT was founded.)

The board also scheduled its remaining meetings for the year. Meetings will be held on August 13 and November 13; the date of a meeting in January or February 2011 will be determined later this year. FEBT members interested in attending a meeting of the board should contact FEBT secretary Bill Adams in advance to confirm the time and place of the meeting.

Outreach activities support restoration program

Two recent outreach initiatives organized by members of Friends of the East Broad Top have resulted in donations to our restoration fund, reports FEBT restoration fund treasurer Nancy E. Jacqmin. In March FEBT received a donation of $500.00 from the Potomac Chapter, Mid-Eastern Region, National Model Railroad Association. Last October FEBT membership coordinator Peter A. Clarke and FEBT vice president R. Lee Rainey organized and conducted a tour of the East Broad Top Railroad for participants of the Mid-Eastern Regional Convention in Hagerstown, Maryland. In his letter accompanying this donation, Bill Demas noted that the EBT "has many supporters" within the Potomac Division.

Last month FEBT member John P. H. Morgan forwarded to Nancy a $500.00 (Canadian) donation from the Narrow Gauge Madness Group, who organize the annual Ontario Narrow Gauge Show in Schomberg, Ontario. As in previous years, John set up a FEBT display at this show, and this year’s donation to FEBT came from proceeds of the 2010 show.

The purpose of our outreach program, which includes distribution of FEBT and EBT information at various train shows and conventions, is to increase public awareness of the East Broad Top Railroad as a unique historical resource and to generate public support for its preservation and restoration. In these two instances, however, financial support for our restoration program was the happy byproduct of these efforts. (We have also received grants from the Amherst Railway Society; the display table which FEBT member James A. Vliet organizes at the ARS West Springfield, Massachusetts, train show every January makes us eligible for these grants.)

In other outreach program news, in March FEBT members John Cameron, Robert L. Harris, Jr., and Dennis R. Straub distributed FEBT and EBT information at the Harrisburg Railroad Show and Collectors Market, sponsored by the Harrisburg Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

FEBT has reserved space at the 2010 National Narrow Gauge Convention, which will be held in Saint Louis, Missouri, on September 1-4, but we still need volunteers to help us with our efforts at this show. One of our directors has volunteered to transport material for a FEBT display to and from this convention, and another FEBT member has agreed to serve as the coordinator for our 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 finalize our arrangements.

In addition to the displays FEBT volunteers set up at train shows and conventions, FEBT’s outreach activities include sponsoring public tours of the EBT shop complex, distributing information at FEBT and EBT events at the railroad, and encouraging first-time visitors to the EBT through our "new rider" ticket initiative. For more information about these efforts please contact:

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

FEBT members requesting brochures and other literature for train shows, conventions, and other events should provide as much advance notice as possible.

Editorial transition begins for The Timber Transfer

As members of Friends of the East Broad Top know, publication of The Timber Transfer has lagged since the middle of last year. Last month, citing the demands of a family with two small children and his own changing interests, Kevin C. Strong informed FEBT directors of his decision to step down as editor of our magazine at the end of 2010. Kevin indicates that he will continue to produce issues of The Timber Transfer "as regularly as my schedule allows between now and the end of December" so that a suitable successor can be named. According to Kevin, the next issue of The Timber Transfer should be ready for the printer next month.

As the result the board’s discussion of the matter at its April meeting, FEBT president Hank Inman has appointed an ad hoc committee to focus on The Timber Transfer. The committee has two goals. First, it will help find a new editor and assist Kevin and the new editor during the transition period. Second, the committee will examine all matters related to the production of The Timber Transfer, so that publication can return to its four-issues-per-year schedule as quickly as possible. FEBT director Vagel C. Keller will chair this committee; the other FEBT members appointed to serve on the committee are Lawrence Biemiller, Deane E. Mellander, Ronald L. Pearson, R. Lee Rainey, Dennis R. Straub, and Kevin C. Strong.

Currently Kevin Strong edits and produces each issue of The Timber Transfer using Adobe publication software which FEBT purchased several years ago. The computer files for each issue are then transmitted directly to our printer, who produces the magazine and any inserts to be mailed with it. This material is then forwarded to our mailer, who uses address files provided by FEBT membership coordinator Peter A. Clarke to assemble and mail The Timber Transfer to our members. Except for help from proof-readers, Kevin has handled all editorial and production chores during his tenure as editor, while Hank Inman has coordinated the arrangements among our membership office, our printer, and our mailer.

Among the issues the ad hoc committee will consider are past proposals which, for one reason or another, have never been adopted. One of these suggestions is having several persons handle the editorial and production requirements of The Timber Transfer, rather than relying on the same individual to perform all editorial, design and layout, and production tasks. Another possibility previously considered is the creation of a formal editorial board or advisory committee for The Timber Transfer whose members could help the editor evaluate material submitted for publication and generate other photographs, illustrations, and articles needed by the editor.

FEBT members who have suggestions for the committee or who are interested in assisting us with the editing and production of future issues of The Timber Transfer should communicate with Vagel C. Keller by telephone at (412) 441–7881 or by e-mail at

Special award added to fall reunion model contests

A new special award will be added to the model contests held at the annual fall reunions organized by Friends of the East Broad Top. This award, approved by FEBT directors in April at the suggestion of FEBT vice president R. Lee Rainey, will recognize the model—in any scale—which best represents one of the substantially-completed projects undertaken by our restoration volunteers. The award consists of a special plaque created by our Rockhill Furnace restoration crew; artifacts from past restoration projects may be incorporated in the plaque. Each year’s special award will be based on the popular vote of current restoration volunteers.

According to Lee Rainey, the projects eligible for the 2010 special award include East Broad Top Railroad locomotive no. 15, tourist rider cars nos. 119 and 168, two-bay hopper car no. 802, and caboose no. 28; the electrical shop, foundry, generator room, boiler house, car shop, machine shop, garage, paint shop, and turntable at Rockhill Furnace; and station and post office buildings in Robertsdale.

For more information about the Fall Reunion contests, contact Andrew H. Van Scyoc, contest chairman, by telephone at (301) 943–6255 or by e-mail at

2010 FEBT Museum schedule

In 2010 the FEBT Museum will be open on the first and third weekends of each month, May through October. Regular museum operating hours are 10 am to 5 pm on Saturdays and 1 to 5 pm on Sundays; the museum will be open special hours during 2010 FEBT and EBT events. FEBT assistant vice president Vagel C. Keller, who coordinates our museum operations, reminds FEBT members that volunteers interested in helping us at Robertsdale are always needed. If you think you would like to join us there, contact:

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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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