EBT Fall Spectacular 1999 / FEBT 17th Reunion
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More work by the Mount Union Connecting
Railroad, here at the enginehouse lead.
Here is the new tie-in with the NS main. The stubs in the center are the
old creosote plant spur, where the track was cut and moved over to tie
into the EBT yard main.
Looking north toward the Riverview Business
Center, clearing on the EBT main is apparent. This clearing was reportedly
done by RBC, but will surely help MTC.
Phil Raynes brought his ex-EBT Fairmont speeder as a display for the weekend
(and put some test miles on it.) The unit is still waiting for some body work,
but the mechanicals look great.
#18 was brought out for the weekend and had all her lettering repainted
and her brass parts shined (except the boiler bands.)
Here's a 3/4 view of #18. Behind her the station and a MOW car are visible.
#18, front and center!
Near the Riverview Business Center in
Allenport, trees have been cleared along the EBT right-of-way.
In the foreground is the power cord for her headlight.
#18's builder's plate was also buffed up, revealing her heritage.
This is a stereo video of M-1 backing out past the
Sand House and giving three
toots from the whistle.
15.6 sec., 0.42 MB.
Look at 'dem pearly whites! All four locos received new accent paint.
Here #15 heads out to do a brake test on the passenger train.
Here is a closeup of #17's unique Southern valve gear. Southern valve gear
is unusual in that there is no connection to the crosshead (the squarish thing
in front of the left wheel).
M-7 is over the inspection pit behind the Boiler
Shop getting her truck chains greased and inspected.
Outside the Foundry are a belt driven tumbler
and grinder. These two items were completely overlooked by the HAER documentation.
This is a 15 second time exposure of the interior of the
Car Shop. To the right are two of the three D&RGW cars purchased from an amusement
park. The missing benches are now on the EBT's restored flat cars. The third car was
partially rebuilt into a coach but never finished. To the left is a weed sprayer
and tank. To their right is a single truck cabless Davenport switcher and coupler adapters.
In the center distance are the shops machinery. The center track is used to store some of
the active cars.
Here is the other side of #18 (minus that annoying pink tape).
Dusk is covering the landscape between the Allegheny ridge lines as this shot
reveals the repainted rear roof at Coles Tankhouse.
In Saltillo, the LaPalace Hotel continues it's
slow transformation into a bed and breakfast.
Last call at the Rockhill Roundhouse. It is actually
almost dark, but since the people did not move, you can't tell this is a time exposure.
In #18's stall several MOW cars have been lined up for display the next day.
The interior of Orbisonia Station is brightly
illuminated as the staff and crew meet to prepare for the Spectacular in the adjoining
Now in place on the parking siding, these are the two freshly restored cars.
#14 on her way out to pick up the Passenger train whistles
for the crossing and passes the MOW cars, M-1, M-7 and #18.
23.4 sec., 0.63 MB.
With the MOW cars restored last year in the foreground and those restored this
year in the background, #15 steams out to take the freight beside #14 and her
passenger consist. #17 on 'the table' makes her presence known as well on this
#18 almost looks alive with #14 working behind her.
Behind #15, the Shade Gap Picnic Train passes through
#15 is backing the Shade Gap Picnic Train around the north leg
of the Colgate Grove Wye.
She is putting out quite an effort.
48.7 sec., 1.3 MB.
IT'S A TRAIN! SHOOT IT! #14 shows her good side to the spectators at
Now on the Freight Train at Colgate Grove,
#17 does the honors.
Returning to town, the view from the cupola is second to none.
The 1999 annual Whistle Salute ... In PANORAMA!
Here is the 'stepping whistles' part of the Saturday Whistle Salute.
48.7 sec., 0.76 MB.
This year, instead of a single combined blast, Joe Kovalchick lead
the locos in a 21 whistle salute. Here are the last 6 blasts.
25.0 sec., 0.23 MB.
The Rockhill shops in an unusually uncluttered view.
Here's a closer view of the restored MOW car.
A thirsty #15 takes a deserved drink at the
South Standpipe while #12 waits by the
#15 and #12 prepare for the last set of day trains on Saturday.
A sticky valve on the standpipe gives #12's tender trucks a washing. #15 and
the freight depart for the station as #12 awaits the next call to duty.
At the Boiler House the grate where coal
was dumped for the shop boilers is evident. There was likely a conveyor entering
the building where the rectangular patch is, dumping it into the coal bunker just
on the other side of the wall.
Inside #18 these are the backhead appliances on the engineer's side. The brake stand
is visible off to the right.
On top of the boiler is the steam gauge and the end of the throttle lever.
Here is the fireman's side of the boiler.
The control stand for M-7 is simple in comparison to #18's cab.
After the annual Night Train it was time for the Night Photo Session put on by Steve Barry from Railfan Magazine. It started raining as the Night Train left the station and didn't let up any for the photographers. So there were thirty five photographers with expensive cameras, Bounty paper towels and plastic bags in the incessant rain. The security lights were turned off for the exposure and the complete lack of light made focusing tricky at best. These are the uncropped exposures.
This is the first exposure. The headlight of #15 was on for about 3 seconds of a 30 second
exposure for that appearance. There were 8 or 10 hoppers on the train with coach
8 on the end, though you can not see it.
In the second exposure there was a period photographer added. Since this is the
uncropped version you can see the flash crew in the left part of the photo.
Stanley Hall did the honors on the pilot for the third shot.
Dropping the train, #15 now poses between the
Sand House and the Boiler Shop. The
extra in the photo is an attempt to recapture the flavor of one of
O. Winston Link's classic night photos.
At this point we had to follow #15 as she headed back into the stall. She was
actively being cleaned during this exposure. As you can see, our period
photographer is back.
Every tool in the shops has a place.
This is the forge for the Boiler House.
To the left is the hand shear and to the right a wood MOW car.
Dominating the Machine Shop is this massive
planer. It has a section of rail in it as a demonstration of the type of work
This little device is a scaler. It is used to flex locomotive flues just enough
to crack off the scale deposits left from less than pure boiler water.
Above all the machines is a spider's web of overhead belts, pulleys and shafts.
Can you imagine having to keep these maintained and running six days a week?
This is the brake cylinder lathe.
This is a closeup of the shops steam engine. To the right is the cylinder,
to the left the main pulley and flywheel. Under the wood cribbing is the main
rod and in front of it is the valve gear. The cribbing is helping to support
the roof beam between the Machine Shop
and Boiler House.
These two grinders are in the rear of the
There is no question where this wrench belongs.
This bolt threader is in the rear of the
In the Boiler Shop are many grinding tools.
Here are two in the rear of the shop.
In the Blacksmiths Shop this is the backside
of the big Steam Hammer.
These pot-belly stoves were assembled from parts lying about in the
This is the Foundry Gantry for moving
the casting boxes.
The Foundry's Sand Room stores the special casting
sand used with the wood patterns.
#16 did not venture out this year, but that didn't keep me from trying to get
a shot of her too.
#15, #12 and #14 (l to r) are lined up for the Sunday Whistle Salute. They did the more
traditional 'mass' toot' instead of the 21 whistle salute as on Saturday.
Here again is Phil Raynes' former EBT Fairmont motor car, parked at the ready
to be loaded onto his trailer.
#14 waits her turn over the inspection pit as #15 steams impatiently behind.
#15 is now at the inspection pit while #14 is getting a grate cleaning ahead at the
Here is a closeup of #15's Walschearts valve gear. Compare it to #17's photo above.
Mount Union Connecting's first piece of equipment rolls down the main to
an appointment at the enginehouse.
Below the gaze of Jacks Mountain, the hi-railer approaches the enginehouse
The hi-railer shoves a small office on a trailer into #6's stall in the
Mount Union Enginehouse.
Inside the enginehouse #3 waits for the next call to duty. This view inside her
firebox shows she received a good cleaning after she made the last common carrier
EBT movement in 1956.
This is the engineers side Walschearts valve gear. Above in the photo one could see
#3 has a power reverse (the cylinder in the photo helped move the valve gear from
forward to reverse and in between).
This one-handed shot of the interior of #3's smokebox shows that, unlike the firebox,
it did not get cleaned out. This part of the loco was also exposed to the elements
when the roof of the enginehouse deteriorated.
Unlike #6 which has the main rod connected to the middle driver, #3's is connected
to the rear driver, likely to make room for the external valve gear. Compare this
to #6 from the same angle.
#3's tender still proudly displays her owner's initials.
Sideling Hill Tunnel under bright lights and
a REALLY long exposure.