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 29th Fall Reunion is October 7-9

Join us October 7, 8, and 9 for our twenty-ninth 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 plenty to do, while allowing them ample time to enjoy the action at the East Broad Top Railroad.

Our Fall Reunion activities begin at 8 pm Friday, when FEBT vice-president R. Lee Rainey will offer a presentation on iron-making at Orbisonia.

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. On Saturday evening the winners of the contests will be announced and the second "live" phase of out 2011 will commence.

On Sunday morning Fall Reunion registrants are invited to have breakfast at the Orbisonia Rockhill Fire Hall. Then the focus shifts to Robertsdale and the FEBT museum, 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 2011 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 at the EBT’s Rockhill Furnace yard.


You can register for this year’s Fall Reunion in person on October 7 or 8. 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. Sunday morning breakfast is included in the Fall Reunion registration fee. Note that only persons registered for the 2011 Fall Reunion can participate in the tours, talks, contests, auction, and other activities planned for this special weekend.

Please remember that spouses and dependent children of FEBT family, sustaining, associate, and life members qualify for the FEBT member rate for 2011 Fall Reunion registrations.

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.

Vendors at the 2011 Fall Reunion

Prospective vendors must reserve space in advance by contacting FEBT Fall reunion coordinator Andrew H. Van Scyoc. Vendors must register for the 2011 Fall Reunion and are expected to donate one item for our auction for each table reserved.

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 2011 FEBT Fall Reunion. Both the general public and Fall Reunion registrants are invited to enjoy soft drinks on Sunday, October 9, between 11 am and 3 pm. Visitors to our museum can tour exhibits inside the former East Broad Top Railroad station and adjoining old Robertsdale post office. EBT books, DVDs, clothing, and souvenirs can be purchased in our museum gift shop.<.p>

Our museum will also be open on Saturday, October 8. Because of our 2011 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.

Four directors elected, 2011 officers chosen

On July 30 the official tabulation of votes compiled by election judge Lee R. Wilson was presented to the FEBT board of directors during its delayed first meeting of 2011. Elected to two-year terms as directors (votes received in parentheses) were William L. Adams (98), Andrew H. Van Scyoc (96), Vagel C. Keller (92), and Henry F. Inman (91). Philip J. Padgett and Michael J. Swinnerton received two write-in votes each; the following individuals received one write-in vote each: Peter A. Clarke, David G. Dietz, Robert Goldby, Brad Esposito, and Wade N. Woodcock. One write-in vote was illegible. Lee Wilson based his tabulation on the 100 valid ballots he received as of the May 19 deadline for the 2011 election of directors.

The four elected directors will serve until their successors are elected in early 2013; they join continuing directors Lawrence Biemiller, Stephen W. Jacobs, Nancy E. Jacqmin, R. Lee Rainey, and Richard D. Shell, whose current terms will end in 2012.

The board of directors thanks FEBT members Robert R. Farquharson (chairman), Richard D. Shell, 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) 363-216O,

Stephen W. Jacobs, 33 Pennwick Drive, Lititz PA 17543, (717) 627-4121,

Vagel C. Keller, P. O. Box 513O, 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,

Andrew H. Van Scyoc, 11609 Galt Avenue, Silver Spring MD 20902, (301) 943-6255,

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

Election of officers, 2011-2012 meeting schedule

During its July 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 meetings for the coming year. Meetings will be held on October 29, 2011, January 14, 2012, and March 10, 2012.

2011 Rockhill Furnace Work Schedule

September 17-18

November 12-13
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

September 3-4
September 17-18
October 1-2
November 5-6
For more information contact

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

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; lumber storage shed; 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 7

The 2011 business meeting of Friends of the East Broad Top, Inc., will be held at 7 pm on Friday, October 7, at the Orbisonia Lions Hall. FEBT officers and directors will report on various matters and answer questions about our 2010 and 2011 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 6 pm; cash contributions will be collected to cover the cost of the pizza.

Rules for 2011 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 these rules are the same as those for the 2010 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 ih 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 Raiload; 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 lineside 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.

Speclal restoration program model contest

In addition to prizes awarded as described in the official contest rules, this year we continue the special contest we introduced last year. This award recognizes 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 by telephone at (301) 943-6255 or by e-mail at

2011 EBT fall spectacular information

For up-to-date information about special fares, trains, and activities scheduled at the East Broad Top Railroad during its 2911 fall spectacular on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 7-9, please consult the railroad web site

O-scale EBT models to be sold at 2011 Fall Reunion auction

On Saturday, October 8, FEBT will offer O-scale models of East Broad Top Railroad equipment and structures for sale at our 2011 Fall Reunion auction. The items to be sold include On3 imported brass locomotives, assembled freight and passenger cars, and models of the major EBT shop buildings in Rockhill Furnace donated by FEBT member James G. Mersereau in 2010. This year's auction will have two phases. 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 during the silent auction phase has concluded, a regular live auction will be held, using the highest bid recorded during the afternoon as a starting point for new bids. An item that receives no new bids may be claimed by the winner of the afternoon silent auction.

All auction activities will take place in the Orbisonia Lions Hall. Please visit the FEBT web site for more information about the items to be sold at the 2011 FEBT Fall Reunion auction.

Robertsdale right-of-way work sessions

On the weekend of September 17-18 FEBT volunteers and members of the Broad Top Area Coal Minters Historical Society will cut weeds along the East Broad Top Railroad right of way in Robertsdale and south toward Woodvale. Interested FEBT members are invited to help us prepare for visitors coming to Robertsdale in October. Please bring your own weed cutters and protective clothing. Work sessions will begin at approximately 9:30 am both days. 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

Copyright © 1999-2018 Friends of the East Broad Top, Inc. All rights reserved
EBT Train
Back to the FEBT Homepage