FEBT Spring Exploration 1999
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North of Shade Gap Station is the
upper crossing of Shade Creek by the EBT.
This is the remains of the Shade Gap Tankhouse.
This is one of nine footings that remain.
Looking north from Jordan Summit we see
the top of the ruling northbound grade.
Looking much better for the work,
Saltillo Station stands into 1999.
Compare its condition to what it looked like in
In the brush south (rr north) of
Saltillo is the remains of
Bridge #12, a former EBT
crossing of North Spring Branch.
This is the lower cut at
Joller, graded in 1919.
At the New 522 Grade Crossing, the 1999
Early Birds gather to inspect the workmanship.
Looking into the tunnel, the first collapse accounts for the gap in
the second section of timber lining.
In the foreground of this shot is the first collapse in the tunnel. Beyond it
a pile of soil marks the second. The tunnel is clear for a few hundred feet
beyond, at which point larger collapses dominate.
Looking out from the concrete tunnel lining, other hikers put the portal
Here is the remains of the north Watchmans Shanty where an EBT employee was
stationed to operate the tunnel doors.
Visible in this shot from the EBT main is the
Coles Valley Branch
snaking its way up the side of Wrays Hill.
is the easternmost bridge on the EBT. The
Shade Gap Branch
ended at a sawmill just south of here. The grade
continued to Burnt Cabins next to the PA Turnpike.