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Rockhill Furnace Work Session: June 25-26, 2005

The FEBT Rockhill work crew met Saturday and Sunday, June 25-26, 2005 for a work session at the East Broad Top Railroad. We had 21 volunteers on Saturday and 17 on Sunday.

Those participating included Steve Jacobs, Jim Bacon, Dick Ullery, David Dietz, Bob Harris, Dave Phillips, Charlie Wootton, Russell Brinthaupt, Gordon Brinthaupt Jr., Gordon Brinthaupt III, Jim Sucke, Dan Cupper, Bill Adams, Andy Van Scyoc, Shawn Stauffer, Tom Diehl, Jesse Dorn, Wade Woodcock, Reggie Arford, Lee Rainey, Richard Culp, Bob Goldby, Bob Reffner and Dave Bulman.

Machine Shop

Machine Shop
Work continues on windows.

The crew worked on the area to the west of the main door of the shops, installing new glass, and puttying and painting the frames.


Hopper 802

Hopper work
Shawn and Charlie work on torquing down bolts.

Reassembly of hopper no. 802 continued. Another slope sheet was installed and the crew continued to bolt the new parts into place.


Flat Car 119

Flatcar decking
Lee fits decking to the flatcar.

The repair of the trestle legs of the original bench seats was completed. All of the deck planking that had been prepared was fitted to the car and nailed in place.


Boiler House

The coal bin crew removed an enormous amount of debris from the badly deteriorated walls that were dismantled at the last session. They then constructed concrete forms and poured concrete for new footers joined to the damaged concrete floor of the original coal bin.

Coal Bin cleanup
The crew pours concrete into the forms.

Brush Crew

The brush-cutting crew continued work along the south leg of the Rockhill wye to expose the cars spotted on the siding paralleling the wye. This weekend they worked near the small Tool House.

Evening Program

A special evening program arranged by Chef Larry Freeman of the Eagle Diner provided a tour of the three historic buildings maintained by the Mount Union Historical Society. We saw very interesting historical exhibits covering the EBT, PRR, Harbison-Walker, and canal history.

Lee Rainey,
Rockhill Restoration Coordinator

You can view other photos of this work session at Bill Adams' EBT Pictorial.

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