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East Broad Top gets $1.1 million from state for restoring track, other projects

By Dan Cupper | December 9, 2021

Portion of main line to Saltillo, Pa., unused since 1956, to be reopened; Friends organization reaches 86% of 2022 goal

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在2021年6月17日展示的275英尺长的Pogue栈桥是East Broad Top最大的桥. It will be restored under a $1.一百万的州拨款将帮助铁路重开通往宾夕法尼亚州萨尔蒂略的线路. (Dan Cupper)

ROCKHILL FURNACE, Pa. – East Broad Top Railroad has been awarded a $1.1 million state grant to rebuild 7.公司总部在罗克希尔熔炉和三斯普林斯镇和萨尔蒂略镇之间有8英里的铁路, and to support related EBT projects.

The grant awarded Wednesday, Dec. 8, 这是重新开放历史悠久的窄轨铁路主干线的第一步吗?这条主干线一直向南延伸到半烟煤田,这片煤田曾是铁路的主要交通来源. 这部分曾经长达33英里的EBT干线已经废弃, but not abandoned, 自1956年4月公路关闭公共运输业务以来.

这笔资金还将支持在罗克希尔的场地和高露洁格罗夫的活动设施改进工作, 野餐区位于岩山熔炉以北4.5英里的怀耶,位于EBT通往Union山的干线上, Pa. 联邦山是EBT曾经与宾夕法尼亚铁路(现在的诺福克南部)费城-匹兹堡干线的连接线. In October, EBT completed restoration to the grove, 从1961年到2011年,该公司曾推出季节性蒸汽动力旅游列车(见 “East Broad Top fully reopens tourist-era line …,” 火车 新闻 Wire, Oct. 11, 2021].

周三,纽约州参议员宣布了这项“重建援助资本计划”的拨款. Judy Ward and state Rep. Rich Irvin, who represent the area. EBT将用这笔钱修复通往萨尔蒂略的轨道和桥梁, acquire property for and make improvements at Colgate Grove, purchase track maintenance equipment; improve the water supply for a planned fire-suppression system in the Rockhill Furnace shops complex and roundhouse; and repair a historic Rockhill Iron & 煤炭有限公司. office building.

“The EBT Foundation is grateful for the support of Sen. Ward and Rep. Irvin,” EBT General Manager Brad Esposito said in a statement. “500购彩很高兴能扩大East Broad Top铁路公司在该地区的足迹,并为三泉区、萨尔蒂略区和亨廷顿县带来更大的经济发展机会.”

This is the second RACP grant to EBT, the first being $1.一年前,400万美元的奖金用于支持高露洁格罗夫公司的工作以及稳定罗克希尔机械工厂的建筑.

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Reopening of EBT’s main line to the Colgate Grove picnic area, visible in the distance, 为游客参观场所的改善成本降到1美元以下铺平了道路.1 million state grant. (Dan Cupper)

A National Historic Landmark, 从2011年作为旅游业务关闭到非营利的光大银行基金会(EBT Foundation Inc .),沉寂了9年之后,光大银行终于复活了.该公司于2020年2月从科瓦尔奇克家族手中购买了大部分房产.

At its Oct. 8 Fall Reunion, 1,610-member Friends of the East Broad Top announced that, at the foundation’s prompting, 他们开始筹集资金,重建被夷为平地的萨尔蒂略客运和货运站,以及附近的50处纵火案,000-gallon enclosed square water tank. Without disclosing that the state grant was a possibility, 基金会实际上是在向FEBT发出信号,准备开始重新开放向南进入更崎岖地带的干线, 风景优美的, and mountainous region of southern Huntingdon County [see “Friends of East Broad Top wraps up Rockhill shops work …,” 新闻 Wire, Oct. 11, 2021]. EBT基金会表示,它最终打算重新开放通往罗伯茨代尔和伍德维尔的整个线路.

Friends group nearing fundraising goal

The Friends organization announced that, in just two months, it has already raised $86,675笔到322笔个人捐赠,以实现其2022年100美元的目标,000, its highest ever. The 2021 campaign, 完成了Rockhill机械厂的稳定和修复工作, was set at $78,000, but topped out at $156,000, or 201% of its goal. Besides supporting the Saltillo extension ($25,000 to begin planning and architectural work), FEBT’s 2022 campaign will:

— Complete repairs to the Rockhill coal tipple, 包括将其改造为消防系统供水($30),000);

-提升游客在Robertsdale EBT站和邻近煤矿步行旅游场所的体验(10美元,000); and

-继续支持EBT档案管理员Julie Rockwell的工作, 谁在整理和分类公司大量的铁路和采矿公司记录(35美元,000).

6 thoughts on “East Broad Top gets $1.1 million from state for restoring track, other projects

  1. Congratulations to EBT and FEBT. 很高兴看到这一复兴,看到在工地和铁路上的努力令人印象深刻. 当你看到事情发生,并且你相信你的钱会花得很好时,捐赠就会容易得多. 作为一个打桥牌的人(也是爱尔兰乐队的粉丝),看到Pogue桥服务的想法温暖了我的心(并鼓励我定期捐赠.)

  2. 从在线地图卫星视图来看,轨道似乎已经从这部分消失很久了. Anyone know whether the right of way remains available?

  3. Although it may not appear that way by looking at aerials, 铁路停止运营后,一切都荒废在原地. These people know what they’re doing….

  4. 在我看来,最重要的项目是EBT将在灭火方面发挥很大作用. 全国各地的许多博物馆忽视了这一必要性,并承担了后果. 那些曾经是蒸汽的地方忘记了煤尘的挥发性和燃烧时的温度.

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