Rockhill Furnace Work Session: September 25-26, 2004
A Friends of the East Broad Top restoration work session was held Saturday and Sunday, September 25 and 26, 2004. We had 18 volunteers on Saturday and 18 on Sunday.
Those participating included Fred Kuhns, Chris Coleman, Charley Wootton, Tom Kozub, Lee Rainey, Shawn Stauffer, Steve Jacobs, Jim Vliet, Jim Bacon, Bob Harris, John and Barb Morgan, Richard Culp, Richard Shell, Bill Adams, Tom Diehl, Dave Phillips, Dave Bulman, Wade Woodcock, Jon Bish, Gordon Brinthaupt Jr. and Gordon Brinthaupt III.
EBT Appreciation Dinner
A high point of the weekend was the appreciation dinner staged Saturday night by Stanley Hall and the East Broad Top employees for the volunteers. In addition to a tasty old-fashioned Pennsylvania kettle boil, there were plenty of speeches and camaraderie. A great time was had by all.
Two chippers ran all weekend to clean up the brush cut earlier by the volunteers. Visitors at the upcoming Fall Spectacular will now have the opportunity to view scenes that have been covered for many years, as well as to walk the cleared line well south of the former end of track in the Rockhill yard. This project has been completed.
The new rubber roofing on Caboose 28 having been well washed by the deluges of the last several weeks, the time had come to add the roof walks and roof garb irons. Special reinforcing rubber pads were applied under the supports and grabs and then the roof walks were screwed in place. This project is completed.
The railroad has plans to operate the M-1 on the No. 3 track for the Fall Spectacular. A hard-working track crew placed and spiked the ties under the south end switch on Track 3, with the help of the air compressor on the M-7. This job has been completed. Once the railroad's contractor repairs the grade crossing at Meadow Street, we will repair the north switch and the track will be ready for steam service.
A considerable amount of official EBT boxcar red paint (also the official building color) was applied to the new repair work on the main entrance to the shops. Visitors at the Spectacular will be able to see all the carpentry and window work in this area, including new windows in the generator room.
A carpenter and paint crew completed the planned work for 2004 on the Boiler House. This included installation of new beams above the rehabilitated brick work, as well as the fabrication, installation and painting of new sheathing, window sills, and trim.
Phase I of the carpentry to repair the so-called roof canyon between the Car Shop and Locomotive Shop was completed. This involved some 80 feet of new rafters above the historic roof, capped by a plywood roof. The installation of the seamless rubber roofing was begun.
Work continued on the preparation of the numerous panes of glass needed for our repair projects around the shops.
In preparation for the rehabilitation of the Paint Shop as a work area for the FEBT crew, Charlie Wootton provided a year-around electrical service into the building that will allow us to commence repairs this winter.
November 6-7 will be our final work session in 2004. Weather permitting, we will begin tie replacements on the track into the Paint Shop. We will also continue painting and glazing projects to the extent allowed by the weather, and have a variety of indoor carpentry tasks to complete. We hope you can join us!
Rockhill Restoration Coordinator
You can view other photos of this work session at Bill Adams' EBT Pictorial.