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

New editor appointed for the Timber Transfer

In October FEBT member Brad Esposito was appointed as editor of The Timber Transfer. President Hank Inman made the appointment vase on the recommendation of the ad hoc search and advisory committee create last year; the members of this committee were Vagel C. Keller (chairman), Lawrence Biemiller, Ronald L. Pearson, R. Lee Rainey, and Dennis R. Straub. Brad succeeds Kevin C. Strong, who early in 2010 had indicated his intention to step down after serving as the editor of our magazine for the past eleven years.

As a professional railroader, Brad has been a regular volunteer at our Rockhill Furnace restoration work sessions during the past several years. Brad majored in graphic design at California University of Pennsylvania, and for ten years he edited and produced the quarterly newsletter of the Pittsburg & Shawmut Railroad Historical Society.

Kevin has transferred all the material he had on hand to Brad, who will use it as the basis for production of the next several issues of The Timber Transfer. (Brad reports that he expects to send the first of these issues to our printer by mid-February.) Some of our regular contributors are already working with Brad on the new articles, photographs, and news items he will need to address the backlog of delayed issues and to restore publication of The Timber Transfer to its four-times per year schedule. FEBT members interested in providing such material to Brad can contact him as follows:

Jane Clarke
The Timber Transfer
10428 Carlyn Ridge Rd
Damascus MD 20872
Telephone: (301) 253–4913

All inquiries and comments realted to the editorial policies and content of The Timber Transfer should be communicated directly to Brad.

Most recent issue mailed in November

The summer 2010 issue of The Timber Transfer (volume 25, no. 1) was mailed to FEBT members at the end of November. 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 email at, or by writing to the return address on the last page of this newsletter.

Address difficulties

In recent years the US Postal Service has become more rigorous in its requirements for the addresses used to mail pre-sorted, "standard" mail using reduced postage rates. Addresses must be in the correct format, using correct street numbers, accurate street names, and approved abbreviations. During the course of mailing the recent issue of The Timber Transfer, our mailer encountered address problems for approximately 25 FEBT members. Membership coordinator Pete Clarke mailed copies of The Timber Transfer to these members by first-class mail, requesting updated or corrected mailing information. If you are one of these members and have not yet replied to Pete's inquiry, we ask you to do so. It will help us make sure that all future FEBT mailings get to you as quickly and economically as possible.

FEBT's 2010 business meeting

Approximately 50 members of Friends of the East Broad Top attended the 2010 business meeting, held in the Orbisonia Lions Hall on October 8. FEBT president Hank Inman introduced directors, officers, and staff volunteers, who provided brief reviews of our 2010 operations. A preliminary 2009 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.

2011 Rockhill Furnace Work Schedule

June 25-26
July 23-24
August 13-14
September 10-11
November 12-13

February 12-13
March 12-13
April 16-17
May 14-15
June 4-5

Tentative work week May 16-20. 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)

2011 Robertsdale Work Schedule

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

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

Nominating committee seeks candidates

The nominating committee for the 2011 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 March, FEBT members will elect four of the nine members of the board of directors. The seats up for election are now occupied by William L. Adams, Henry F. Inman, Vagel C. Keller, and Dennis R. Straub. The five remaining board positions not up for election during the current election cycle will be the subject of our 2012 election; Lawrence Biemiller, Stephen W. Jacobs, Nancy E. Jacqmin, R. Lee Rainey, and Richard D. Shell 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 2011 election cycle is Robert R. Farquharson, a physician specializing in emergency medicine who previously served as a member of the Board. Richard D. Shell and Richard M. Ullery are the other members of the nominating committee. Richard currently serves as one of our directors and participates in out Rockhill Furnace restoration work sessions. Dick serves as the manager of the FEBT Company Store and is a regular volunteer at our Rockhill Furnace work sessions. He 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

Robert R. Farquharson, Chairman
FEBT Nominating Committee
6707 Wakehurst Road
Charlotte NC 28226-5565
Telephone: (704) 608-5996

The deadline for submitting names of potential candidates for nomination or nominating petitions to the nominating committee is February 25, 2011

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 Bob Farquharson at the address stated above.

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 September, FEBT vice-president R. Lee Rainey and FEBT member Richard Golding set up a table for the distribution of FEBT and EBT information at the 2010 Narrow Gauge Convention in Saint Louis. In November, FEBT members William L. Adams and 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.

In January, FEBT member James A. Vliet organized a display and distributed FEBT and EBT information at the 21st annual Winter Train Show and Exhibition in Freeport, New York. Jim plans to set up his FEBT display at the Amherst Railway Society's Railroad Hobby Show in West Springfield, Massachusetts, on January 29-30. On February 27-28, Jim will be at the Spring Thaw Train Meet in Allentown, Pennsylvania. FEBT members interest 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 2011 National Train Show will be held in Sacramento, California, on July 8-9. 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 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.

The 2011 National Narrow Gauge Convention will be held in Hickory, North Carolina, on September 7-10. 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 that we can confirm 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 by telephone at (717) 249-4239 (home or by email at providing as much advance notice as possible.

EBT hopper cars from the FEBT Company Store

Company Store manager Richard M, Ullery reminds FBT members that the FEBT Company Store continues to accept advance reservations for the purchase of assembled HOn3 EBT three-bay steel hopper cars to be produced by Blackstone Models. Previous releases by Blackstone models have featured Colorado narrow-gauge prototypes, and these accurate, ready-to-run models have been well received by the modeling community. Now Blackstone Models has announced that modelers of the East Broad Top Railroad will have their opportunity to obtain finely detailed, ready-to-run HOn3 models of the EBT's most numerous freight car. Each model will be hand assembled from high-quality injection-molded plastic components, with brake rigging, underbody detail, and wire grab-irons. Vulcan-style trucks and factory-installed couplers are included.

Last month Blackstone Models announced that another version of its HOn3 EBT hopper cars will be produced. This version is black, unnumbered, with 1940s herald and reporting marks; the FEBT Company Store price for this model is $48.00.

The other models available are as follows:

Black, no lettering, $48.00
Black, white lettering in the following styles, $48.00
     1930s EBT lettering (no herald), nos. 814, 1000
     1940s EBT lettering (with herald), nos. 906, 951, 977
     1940s EBT lettering (with herald), rock car no. 1071

Black, white lettering in the following styles, factory weathered, $52.60
     1930s EBT lettering (no herald), nos. 814, 1000
     1940s EBT lettering (with herald), nos. 906, 951, 977
     1940s EBT lettering (with herald), rock car no. 1071

Note that the usual FEBT member discount applies to the prices stated here. 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.

Please make your advance reservation for these models by e-mail to Please use "Blackstone EBT Hopper Advanced Reservation" as the subject. Include your name, FEBT membership number mailing address, telephone number, e-mail address, and the number of each type of hopper model you want. Advance reservations may also be made by telephone. Because of a change initiated by Blackstone Models, the FEBT Company Store can guarantee delivery only for advance reservations received by January 31, 2011. We will acknowledge reservations received after this date and attempt to fill them from available stock, bu this depends on the quantities of the various versions of the HOn3 EBT hopper car actually produced by Blackstone Models.

Information about some of the many items available from the Company Store is included as an insert in this newsletter. A 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 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

Year-end appeal generates over $23,000

FEBT restoration fund treasurer Nancy E. Jacqmin reports that the contributions she has so far received in response to the appeal mailed at the end of 2010 total more than $23,O00.00, as of mid-January. The December FEBT Restoration News was mailed to all FEBT members and about 450 other persons who have contributed to our restoration fund in past years. We thank all of you who responded to our appeal for additional funds to support our restoration program.

According to FEBT president Henry F. Inman, these donations, when combined with the proceeds of the 2010 Fall Reunion Auction and unspent restoration funds carried forward from 2010, should cover most of the costs now incorporated in the 2011 restoration program budget approved by our directors in November. However, he reminds FEBT members that this year the board of directors hopes to start accumulating the resources we will need to meet the long-term requirements of future restoration opportunities, rather than concentrating on the year-to-year financial demands of projects currently under way. Obviously we will keep FEBT members informed as these plans advance.

In the meantime, donations to our restoration fund are always welcome. Contributions supporting our restoration efforts qualify for treatment as tax-deductable donations, Please mail these contributions to us at he following address:

FEBT Restoration Fund Treasurer
513 Shady Avenue, No. 12
Pittsburgh PA 15206-4447

Michael C. Mitzelfeld

We were saddened to learn of the unexpected death of FEBT member Michael C. Mitzelfeld, 64, in July 2010. A retired Chicago police officer, Mike was the first manager of the FEBT Company Store. While handling FEBT's early mailorder sales, Mike worked with vendors to develop lettering and kits for modelers of the East Broad Top Railroad. He then used this experience to produce EBT kits commercially, which he marketed under the Chicago Express name. Mike also supported our restoration program, both as a contributor to our restoration fund and an active volunteer in our early restoration efforts at Robertsdale.

I know all FEBT members join me in expressing our condolences to Mike's family and friends.
–Hank Inman, FEBT president

Sale of EBT models raises more than $7,000 for restoration

The sale of HO and O-scale models of East Broad Top Railroad equipment at the 2010 FEBT Fall Reunion generated more than $7,000 for the FEBT restoration program, reports FEBT president Hank Inman. The models sold at the 2010 auction included HO-scale EBT locomotives, rolling stock and unassembled structure kits donated by FEBT member John W. Wesner and a portion of the O-scale EBT locomotives, rolling stock, and assembled structures donated by FEBT member James G. Mersereau. Because of the large number of items to be sold, the 2010 auction was a silent one. Auctioneer Deane E. Mellander, FEBT directors William L. Adams and Vagel C. Keller, and the FEBT volunteers who assisted them set up and supervised the Saturday afternoon silent auction.

In addition to the donated models, books, magazines, memorabilia, models, and Lionel and Marx toy trains donated by Jim Garts, Gene Milgram, Stephen M. Riddlebaugh, James Rothermel, Joel Salomon, Rick C. Shoup, and Donald A. Woshlo, Jr., were sold in October.

The remaining items donated by Jim Merserseau will be sold in 2011. These items, comprising the bulk of his collection, include brass locomotives, assembled and unassembled freight and passenger cars, custom-built models of the EBT shops, and modeling supplies. These items will be sold on eBay and at one or more 2011 FEBT events. FEBT Company Store manager Richard M. Ullery will be handling our sales on eBay. More information about these sales will be announced in future newsletters and on the FEBT web site.

The auction was just one part of the 2010 Fall Reunion. More about the reunion, together with coverage of our 2010 contests, tours of restoration work, and activities at the FEBT Museum, will appear in The Timelier Transfer. 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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