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Friends of the East Broad Top Railroad "Open Shop Days" 2001

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Below is the Friends of the East Broad Top's official announcement for the "Open Shops" event scheduled for this June. More details are available at FEBT's Web Site

Announcement

Saturday and Sunday June 2 and 3, 2001

Celebrate the start of 2001 operations on the East Broad Top Railroad with Friends of the East Broad Top and take advantage of an extraordinary opportunity to visit inside the railroad's unique Rockhill Furnace shop complex. Dating from the late nineteenth century with substantial early twentieth-century adaptations, the EBT railroad shop is widely recognized as one of the premier historic industrial sites in North America. The roundhouse, machine shop, foundry, blacksmith shop, and other shop buildings made the East Broad Top Railroad virtually self-sufficient. Using this compact facility the narrow-gauge East Broad Top Railroad constructed a fleet of steel freight cars and maintained its steam locomotives and rolling stock.

The shop buildings of the East Broad Top Railroad are generally open to the public only for guided tours during the railroad's annual fall spectaculars. But on June 2 and 3 Friends of the East Broad Top has arranged with the East Broad Top Railroad to open selected buildings to both our members and the public. A one-day shop pass ($5.00* per person) will permit you to spend as much time as you like inside the buildings open for the day; between 11 am and 4 pm you can enter these buildings in whatever order and as many times as you choose. FEBT volunteers will be on hand to provide unprecedented supervised access to this remarkable site, answer questions, and provide information to all visitors.

Plus Trains and Much, Much More!

The East Broad Top Railroad plans to operate three steam-powered trains each day, at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm. Ticket prices for standard seats are $9.00* for adults and $6.00* for children.

In addition, the Friends of the East Broad Top Museum in Robertsdale will be open special hours this weekend: 10 am to 8:30 pm on Saturday, and 12 noon to 5 pm on Sunday.

The Rockhill Trolley Museum (adjacent to the EBT in Rockhill Furnace) and the Broad Top Area Coal Miners Historical Society Museum (near the FEBT Museum in Robertsdale) will also be open both days.

For Additional Information

Please visit the Friends of the East Broad Top website www.febt.org for more event information. For information about train tickets and schedules contact the East Broad Top Railroad directly at (814) 447-3011 (telephone) or (814) 447-3256 (fax).

About Friends of the East Broad Top

Friends of the East Broad Top is a nonprofit educational and historical society dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the East Broad Top Railroad, a US National Historic Landmark located in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania. Membership information is available on our website, or you can contact our membership office by telephone at (301) 482-1136 or by email at febt@aol.com.

*Current FEBT members are not required to purchase passes to enter the shop buildings and on these two days may purchase train tickets at a substantial discount.

Friends of the East Broad Top, Inc., is not affiliated with the East Broad Top Railroad and Coal Company. All arrangements subject to change without notice.

Summer Celebration - 2001
Museum Open House

Saturday and Sunday June 2 and 3

Main Street, Robertsdale
(814) 635-2388

Combine a visit inside the East Broad Top Railroad's historic Rockhill Furnace shop complex with a trip to historic Robertsdale, the railroad's original southern terminus. Two historic buildings with exhibits, EBT information, and museum shop; complimentary refreshments. Special Summer Celebration hours: 10 am to 8:30 pm Saturday, 12 noon to 5 pm Sunday.

Friends of the East Broad Top is a nonprofit historical and educational society dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the East Broad Top Railroad. For membership information, please visit the FEBT web site at www.febt.org or contact the FEBT Membership Office, c/o Peter A. Clarke, 10428 Carlyn Ridge Road, Damascus MD 20872, (301) 482-1136, email febt@aol.com.

Directions to the FEBT Museum

From the EBT/Rockhill Furnace (US 522): Follow PA 994 west (away from Orbisonia) approximately 14 miles (through Three Springs and over Sideling and Wrays Hills) to Cooks, where a sign marks the left turn to Robertsdale. Make this left turn on PA legislative route 3019 and proceed 2.3 miles to the stop sign at PA 913. Turn left on PA 913 (Main Street) and look for the EBT tracks! The FEBT Museum will be on your right.

From Huntingdon (US 22): Follow PA 26 south approximately 15 miles to the junction with PA 994 at Entriken (marked by flashing traffic lights). Turn left and follow PA 994 east approximately 13 miles to Cooks, where a sign marks the right turn to Robertsdale. Turn right on PA legislative route 3019 and proceed 2.3 miles to the stop sign at PA 913. Turn left on PA 913 (Main Street) and look for the EBT tracks! The FEBT Museum will be on your right.

From Breezewood (I-70, I-76, Pennsylvania Turnpike):Follow US 30 east approximately 5 miles to its junction with PA 915 north. Turn left and proceed on PA 915 north approximately 5 miles to Wells Valley Road. Turn right on Wells Valley Road and continue approximately 5 miles to the stop sign at New Grenada, its junction with PA 913. Make the sharp left turn on PA 913 west and continue approximately 3 miles up Broad Top Mountain to the stop sign in Robertsdale. Continue to the right on PA 913 west (Main Street), crossing Trough Creek. The FEBT Museum will be on your left.

From Fort Littleton (I-76, Pennsylvania Turnpike): From the I-76/Pennsylvania Turnpike exit, follow US 522 south approximately 1 mile to its junction with PA 475 north. Continue approximately 4 miles on PA 475 north to Hustontown. Instead of turning right to follow PA 475, continue straight to PA 655 north, following the "to Saltillo" signs. Continue on PA 655 north approximately 7 miles to its Y-junction with PA 913 at Waterfall. Bear left and follow PA 913 west approximately 4.5 miles (through New Grenada) and up Broad Top Mountain to the stop sign in Robertsdale. Continue to the right on PA 913 west (Main Street), crossing Trough Creek. The FEBT Museum will be on your left.

Friends of the East Broad Top, Inc., is not affiliated with the East Broad Top Railroad and Coal Company.


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