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

Why Volunteer?

As a volunteer, you become an important part of the Friends of the East Broad Top. Our organization is completely a volunteer-run organization. This means that without members like you freely donating their time and talents, the FEBT many worthy projects would quickly grind to a halt. Without our volunteers, our mission to preserve and restore the East Broad Top Historic National Landmark would be in vain.

There are many benefits to volunteers with the Friends of the East Broad Top:

●  You will meet and develop lasting friendships with other like-minded individuals.

●  You will learn new skills and develop those talents that you already possess.

●  You will have first-hand opportunities to learn more of the history and operation of this fascinating railroad.

●  You will be helping to preserve a significant piece of America's industrial and railroad hertitage for our children and grandchildren's enjoyment.

●  You will have a good feeling knowing that you are contributing your time and talents to a worthy effort.

Generator Room restoration
An FEBT restoration crew works on the Generator Room roof in the shops complex at Rockhill Furnace.
Chris Coleman photo

Restoration Volunteers

At regular sessions throughout the year, FEBT restoration crews labor in Rockhill Furnace, Robertsdale and elsewhere to preserve, stabilize and restore parts of the East Broad Top heritage. Work can include everything from painting to brush clearing, glazing to welding, carpentry work to track work and work is available for all skill levels and all physical capabilities. All FEBT members are welcome to participate in any of the work sessions. Non-members who wish to join in this worthy effort can become members on-site.

For more details see our Restoration Projects page.

FEBT-EBT Show Displays

We invite FEBT members to contact us if you're planning to attend train shows or conventions and are interested in setting up a display table or distributing EBT and FEBT information. As an example, FEBT members Christopher and Patricia Coleman set up an FEBT information table at the Buckeye Model Train and Railroad Artifacts Show in Columbus, OH each year. Pat and Chris distribute information about the East Broad Top Railroad and Friends of the East Broad Top at this show.

If you would like to assist with one of the following shows, please contact:

Patricia Coleman Buckeye Model Train and Railroad Artifacts Shows, Columbus, OH  (April)
Bill Adams Greenberg's Train Show at Upper Marlboro, MD  (February)
Jim Vliet Freeport Long Island Train Show (January)
Greenberg's Train Show at Stony Brook Univiversity, Long Island
Greenberg's Train Show at Fort Washington, PA
Greenberg's Train Show at Edison, NJ  (August)
Amherst Railway Society Big Railroad Hobby Show, Springfield, MA  (January/February)
Allentown Train Meet Associates Spring Thaw & First Frost Shows, Allentown, PA (February)
John & Barb Morgan Ontario Narrow Gauge Show  (April)

FEBT also tries to maintain a presence at other shows, including the National Narrow Gauge Convention, MiniBunch meets, the National Model Railroader's Association convention and the Gaithersburg (Maryland) Railroad-Transportation Artifacts Show and Sale.

If you would like to set up a FEBT informational booth at your local show, please contact our outreach coordinator:

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

FEBT display
The FEBT display at the 2005 National Narrow Gauge Convention in Dearborn Michegan.
R. Lee Rainey photo

Museum Volunteers

Friends of the East Broad Top is always seeking additional volunteers from among our members to help us operate our museum in Robertsdale. While the museum is operating under reduced hours during the renovations of the Old Post Office, there is always a need for museum staff during open hours. Vagel C. Keller, Vice-President, Museum Operations, emphasizes that no experience is required; You only need to be available on one or more Saturdays and Sundays in June, July, August, or September plus have an interest in helping us communicate the East Broad Top Railroad story to museum patrons. Vagel has developed a brief guide to EBT history for museum volunteers. He will also provide all other background information museum volunteers will need when working at Robertsdale. During your first scheduled work session at the museum, you will receive on-site orientation from Vagel, or one of our experienced volunteers.

If you're interested in helping others to learn about the East Broad Top railroad, why not consider working with us at the museum. To volunteer, please contact:

Vagel C. Keller
FEBT Assistant Vice President, Museum Operations
PO Box 5130
Pittsburgh PA 15260-0130
Telephone: (412) 441–7881

E-mail: vckeller@comcast.net

For more details about the FEBT Robertsdale Museum, please see our museum page.

Fall Reunion Volunteers

FEBT Tour
Tour participants learn about the EBT's roundhouse from author and FEBT Vice-President, R.Lee Rainey during the 2004 Fall Reunion.
Bill Blomgren photo

Each October, on Columbus Day weekend, the railroad holds its Fall Spectacular. In conjunction with this festivity the FEBT hold an "annual reunion" for its members. There is lots for members to do as described on our events page. Like everything else, our annual reunion is run completely by member volunteers who donate a few hours of their time over the weekend to help run one or more of the activities taking place during the event. The FEBT reunion working group is looking for FEBT members who are willing to spend an hour or two of their time on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday of the Fall Reunion weekend to assist us with registration, the FEBT Company Store, the FEBT information booth, the FEBT Museum open house at Robertsdale, and other Fall Reunion activities.

If you're interested in helping at the Fall Reunion, please contact our outreach coordinator:

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

Spring Exploration Volunteers

During the annual FEBT Spring Exploration in April, volunteers are needed to help make the event a success. Assistance is needed with Pizza Dinner and snacks Saturday night, with tours at certain locations, crowd control, assistance to tour attendees and other functions.

If you're interested in helping at the Spring Exploration, or if you have an idea for a Spring Exploration and would like to play host to the event, please contact our outreach coordinator:

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

Summer Celebration & Community Appreciation Day Volunteers

The FEBT plays an active role in both the Summer Celebration which takes place on opening weekend, normally the first weekend in June and the Community Appreciation Day which coincides with the Orbisonia/Rockhill Homecoming Week in the middle of August and celebrates the railroad's return as an active tourist attraction in 1960. FEBT volunteers are needed to assist with tours of the Rockhill Furnace yards, the shops and the roundhouse, the FEBT Information Tent, and other activities.

If you're interested in helping at either the Summer Celebration, or Community appreciation Day, please contact our outreach coordinator:

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


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