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's 28th fall reunion is October 8-10

Join us October 8, 9, and 10 for our twenty-eighth annual Fall Reunion at the East Broad Top Railroad and Friends of the East Broad Top Museum. Our Fall Reunion schedule on the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of the Columbus Day holiday weekend offers our members lots to do, while allowing them plenty of time to enjoy the sights, sounds, and aromas of the EBT’s 2010 Fall Spectacular.

Our Fall Reunion activities begin at 7 pm Friday, when FEBT member Larry Salone, president of the East Broad Top Railroad Preservation Association, will bring FEBT members up to date with developments related to the present and future of the East Broad Top Railroad.

On Saturday Fall Reunion registrants can participate in our annual photo and model contests and auction. We expect to offer several talks and demonstrations related to the restoration work of our volunteers at Rockhill Furnace; these may include discussions of our in-progress restoration of EBT combine no. 14, ongoing roof repairs to the boiler house, foundation and wall repairs on the west and south walls of the main shops, and work at the locomotive coaling bunker. A schedule for these and additional Saturday tours will be distributed in the information packages provided to all Fall Reunion registrants. On Saturday evening the winners of the contests will be announced and winning bidders of our 2010 silent auction can complete arrangements for their purchases.

On Sunday morning the focus shifts to Robertsdale, where FEBT assistant vice president Vagel C. Keller will conduct his annual tour of Robertsdale sites related to the EBT and RI&C.

Of course, persons registering for the 2010 Fall Reunion can also participate in FEBT-sponsored activities open to the public. The FEBT Company Store, other vendor and dealer displays, and entries in our photo and model contests can be visited in the Orbisonia Lions Hall on Saturday. Our annual Fall Reunion open house will be held on Sunday morning (see related story for more information). On both Saturday and Sunday, visitors can stop by our FEBT information booth and other displays at the EBT’s Rockhill Furnace yard.


You can register for this year’s Fall Reunion in person on October 8 or 9. The Fall Reunion registration table will be located in the Orbisonia Lions Hall; we expect it to be open to accept registrations 3 to 5:30 pm on Friday. On Saturday Fall Reunion participants can register from 9 am to noon and from 2 to 4:30 pm.

Each Fall Reunion registrant will receive a Fall Reunion name-tag (which permits participation in all FEBT activities), full EBT and FEBT schedules for the weekend, contest ballot, auction number, plus other information of interest to Fall Reunion participants. Note that only persons registered for the 2010 Fall Reunion can participate in the tours, talks, contests, and auction incorporated in this special weekend’s activities.

Please remember that spouses and dependent children of FEBT family, sustaining, associate, and life members qualify for the FEBT member rate for 2010 Fall Reunion registrations.

Vendors at the 2010 Fall Reunion

In addition to the FEBT Company Store, several vendors selling EBT models, modeling supplies, information, and memorabilia will have display tables at the Orbisonia Lions Hall on Saturday, October 9. Prospective vendors must reserve space in advance by contacting FEBT outreach coordinator Dennis R. Straub before October 3. Vendors must register for the 2010 Fall Reunion and are expected to donate one item for our auction for each table reserved.

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 the K. L. Mills building supply store; the Lions Hall will be just beyond it on the right.

For additional information

If you find you need additional information about the 2010 FEBT Fall Reunion, please contact FEBT outreach coordinator Dennis R. Straub at:

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

Look for Fall Reunion updates on the FEBT web site at

New trains added for East Broad Top's Fall Spectacular

The East Broad Top Railroad’s 2010 Fall Spectacular on October 8-10 will feature several new trains while continuing the basic operating format followed in recent years.

On Friday, October 8, the EBT will run photographers’ special trains between 10 am and 4 pm. Starting at 8 pm the railroad will also offer a night photography session, posing equipment at various locations around the Rockhill Furnace yard. Motorcar M-3 and EBT speeders will make afternoon runs to Colgate Grove and back. A single shop tour will be offered at 5 pm.

On Saturday, October 9, the EBT will operate steam locomotive no. 15 and diesel M-7 with a variety of train consists. Operations begin at 9 am and continue throughout the day. The EBT’s unique M-1 gas-electric is scheduled to make a 2:45 pm trip to Colgate Grove and back. Other special trains include the M-7 with business car “Orbisonia” (including on-board refreshments) leaving at 1 pm and 2-8-2 no. 15 leaving at 5:30 pm with a dinner train. Speeder rides will be offered at the south end of the Rockhill Furnace yard. FEBT volunteers will conduct guided tours inside the shops and roundhouse throughout the day. This year there are two night trains on Saturday evening, at 7:30 and 9 pm, both pulled by EBT 2-8-2 no. 15.

On Sunday, October 10, the railroad will operate its steam-powered and diesel-powered trains and the M-1 on the same schedule as the previous day. Guided tours inside the shops and roundhouse and speeder rides will again be part of the day’s activities. However, there will be no dinner train or night trains on Sunday.

Standard fares for the 2010 Fall Spectacular are $20.00 for adults and $15.00 for children. Day passes can be purchased. Special rates apply for the two photographic sessions, the M-1, and the dinner train. (Reservations for the dinner train must be made by October 2.) Visit the EBT web site or contact the railroad directly for up-to-date ticket and train information:

East Broad Top Railroad
PO Box 158
Rockhill Furnace, PA 17249
Telephone: (814) 447-3011
FAX: (814) 447-3256

Registering for the 2010 Fall Reunion

You can register for this year’s Fall Reunion in person at the Orbisonia Lions Hall. The Fall Reunion registration table will be open 3 to 5:30 pm on Friday, October 8, and 9 am to noon and 2 to 4:30 pm on Saturday, October 9.

2010 Fall Reunion registration

Individuals who register for the 2010 Fall Reunion can participate in all FEBT activities during the three-day weekend, including the Fall Reunion auction, contests, and all FEBT tours, presentations, and demonstrations.

FEBT members $20.00 (each person)

Non-members $25.00 (each person)

FEBT restoration program

To aid FEBT members interested in the special “exhibition” contests at this year’s Fall Reunion, here’s a list of buildings and equipment that have received attention from FEBT restoration volunteers. (Note buildings and equipment in italics are owned by FEBT.)

Rockhill Furnace: North and south section sheds; boiler house; shop stationary steam engine; car shop; main shop, including machine shop and boiler shop wings; paint shop; boiler house and coal bin; electrical shop; foundry; locomotive coal bunker, sandhouse; small garage near sandhouse; stone farmhouse (shop superintendent’s office); turntable; and various yard and shop tracks.

Robertsdale: EBT depot, old post office, cosmetic track work.

Saltillo: EBT station.

Coles Station: EBT water tank.

Rolling Stock: Combine no. 14, combine no. 16 (trucks), combine no. 18, baggage car no. 29, coach no. 8, caboose no. 28, side-dump hopper car no. 802, steel boxcar no. 168, steel boxcar no. 174, flat car no. 119, locomotive no. 15, M-3 inspection motor car, work motor car, and handcar.

FEBT annual business meeting, pizza on Friday, October 8

The 2010 business meeting of Friends of the East Broad Top, Inc., will be held at 6 pm on Friday, October 8, at the Orbisonia Lions Hall. FEBT officers and directors will report on various matters and answer questions about our 2009 and 2010 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 5:30 pm; cash contributions will be collected to cover the cost of the pizza.

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 2010 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 our museum gift shop.<.p>

Our museum will also be open on Saturday, October 9. Because of our 2010 Fall Reunion, special hours this day only will be 1 to 4 pm. The telephone number for the FEBT Museum, answered when the museum is open, is (814) 635-2388.

Schedule for restoration work sessions

Remaining 2010 restoration work sessions are scheduled at Robertsdale on September 18-19, October 16-17, and November 6-7. The last 2010 work session at Rockhill Furnace is scheduled on November 13-14. For current information about all FEBT restoration work sessions visit the FEBT web site

Rules for 2010 Fall Reunion contests

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 except for the new special contest, these rules are the same as those for the 2009 contests.

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 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.


All photographs must feature the contemporary East Broad Top Railroad; subjects may include railroad operations, equipment, buildings, active and inactive right of way, and restoration activities.

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/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 be 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.


All models must be based on contemporary or historical subjects directly related to the East Broad Top Railroad. Models of locomotives and rolling stock may represent equipment owned and operated by the EBT, equipment proposed but never actually purchased and operated by the EBT, and equipment owned by other railroads or private owners that operated regularly on the EBT. Models of structures and dioramas may represent railroad buildings; structures proposed but never actually constructed and used by the EBT; structures adjacent to the railroad right or way, whether served directly by the EBT or not; and nearby structures and scenes which helped define the railroad’s geographic context, character, and history.

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;

Rolling Stock—Any revenue freight equipment, including cabooses; any revenue passenger equipment; and any nonrevenue equipment primarily intended for track or line-side maintenance;

Structures and Module/Dioramas—Any building or other structure, either railroad-related or lineside; and any 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 place in each contest will normally consist of a plaque; awards for second and third place may consist of either plaques or certificates. 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.

Special restoration program model contest

In addition to prizes awarded as described in the official contest rules, this year we introduce new special contest. 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. (A list of our restoration projects can be found elsewhere in this newsletter.)

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

HO, O-scale EBT models to be sold at 2010 Fall Reunion auction

On Saturday, October 9, FEBT will offer HO and O-scale models of East Broad Top Railroad equipment, memorabilia, and one of the posters from the final year of our fund-raising campaign for sale at our 2010 Fall Reunion auction.

To better accommodate the railroad’s operating schedule and avoid bidding late into the night, the format of this year’s auction has been changed to a silent auction. On Saturday afternoon Fall Reunion registrants can view all items for sale and enter bids. The bid sheet for each item will allow potential bidders to determine current bids for all items. On Saturday evening, after bidding has concluded, winning bidders can make their payments and claim the items they have purchased. Items not sold or unclaimed by the winning bidder will be retained by FEBT for future sale.

Among the models to be sold this year are HO-scale models donated by FEBT member John W. Wesner. These models include Hallmark brass HOn3 models of two EBT locomotives and the “Orbisonia” business car, assembled and unassembled kits for EBT freight and passenger cars, and unassembled kits for EBT structures. We also plan to sell selected items from the extensive collection of O-scale models donated by FEBT member James G. Mersereau. We currently expect these items to include several Hallmark On3 brass locomotives, assembled EBT rolling stock, and several of the models of EBT Rockhill Furnace shop buildings which Dana Maranto of Whiteground Models custom-built for Jim. Proceeds from the sale of all items at the 2010 Fall Reunion auction will be used to support the FEBT restoration program.

All auction activities will take place in the Orbisonia Lions Hall. 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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