EBT Fall Spectacular 1997 / FEBT 15th Reunion
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is the first bridge and only steel bridge north of
the operational part of the line.
The West Standpipe is behind
the Boiler Shop. Unlike its
twin to the south, this one does not operate.
After a trip with the passenger consist, impatiently #15 awaits
her return to the main.
#15 is in the hole with the shade gap picnic train, while #17 comes
through with the mixed train.
#17 is waiting in the hole with the mixed freight train.
#14 with a passenger train is heading for the station to pick up passengers.
The four Mikes, M-1 and M-7 are lined up for the the annual Whistle Salute.
The view is from the boney piles SE of the yards.
This is a mono, 1:50 recording of the 1997 Whistle Salute. The locomotives
are, in this order, M-7, 12, 14, 15, 17 and all at once. M-1 lead off but
could not be heard from this vantage point on the boney piles.
Railways to Yesterday car #163 heading toward Blacklog.
Railways to Yesterday CA&E #315 heads down the branch behind #163.
Now that the cars are clear, the three EBT trains move through the wye
starting with the #12-#15 doubleheaded train.
The Boiler Shop
stands in the center of this photo, flanked by the
Sand House on the left and the
Service Bays and
Carpentry Shop on the right.
Operations around the Coal Dock
can get hectic suddenly. #12 is fueling
and #15 is turning. M-1 and another train are waiting on the Wye.
M-7 illuminates her stall on its way back to the stable. In order 18, 16,
12 and 17 are visible in their stalls. 14 and 15 are still out on the
#12 is the last out of house. After being cleaned she puts on a brief
show before moving off into the fog.
Inside the Machine Shop
this steam driven sump pump kept the foundation dry. The two posts
are bracing the roof above.
This relatively small drill press has been converted to electric power by
the addition of a motor and short belt. It is obviously still in use.
This threading machine was used on both pipe and bolts. It has also been
converted to electrical power.
This is the axle lathe, used to prepare axles prior to using the wheel press
to attach wheels.
This 1930 GMC bus has been restored to an authentic EBT Transit Co.
livery by John Corson. It is not an original EBT vehicle, having been
purchased in Texas, but this is an identical year and model.
The Spectacular was the first public appearance of this Dodge
Brothers delivery van. It has been restored by Bob Farquharson
to look like EBT Transit Co. #2 acquired in 1929. The original bus was
destroyed in the garage fire of 1933, but this is an identical year and
model. The EBTTC was a subsidiary of the EBT which tried to recapture
passenger and general freight business the railroad had lost to
This shot of the
McMullins Summit overpass is from the freight train. The
bridge is a prime photo op for train chasers, just don't block the drive.
On the return trip we are crossing the
Long Fill at
The interior of Coach #8 has a subtle elegance to it, but primarily serves
a purpose, much like the EBT.
Stanley Hall, EBT General Manager, observes his charge as he protects the
Meadow Street crossing.
Coles was indeed nowhere, but halfway through the climb to Robertsdale
a source of water was needed for the locomotives. Coles had a natural
spring which served the purpose and was fed into
Coles Tankhouse by means of
a gasoline engine driven pump.
The east tail of the Robertsdale Wye
passes over Trough Creek on
Robertsdale Wye Bridge. The bridge sports three girders to support
the diverging wye legs.