12-29-2009, 02:19 AM
Join Date: Dec 2009
I stumbled upon this thread accidentally and wanted to correct some information. No offence to anyone.
>I found a lot of stuff that I didn't even know they owned.
We have lots of stuff people don't know about.
>flatcars w/ benches and railings...
The flatcars w/ benches as well as the open boxcars were made to increase capacity. As you can see from the list of equipment, we only have a few actual passenger cars due to passenger service ending two years before freight operations ending.
>The odd-looking hopper without bay doors underneath is one of the very >few EBT Side-dumping hopper cars. They were specially built and only 10 of >them are still remaining and can also be found somewhere in the yard.
Unfortunately there are only a couple left today, not 10. The others were rebuilt into other configurations.
>The large, odd-looking car that looks like a giant weight is exactly what it >looks like. It's a giant weight car used to calibrate the three different scales >that the EBT maintained and operated during it's freight days. I have >absolutely no idea where it is now.
It isn't really all that big. It's 15 tons which is pea size compared to a standard gauge scale test car. It's in Rockhill and is sometimes outside on display during summer. It was built by the EBT.
>The tank car is the only tank car the EBT ever owned. It was originally a >flatcar, but had railings attached to accomodate the tank. This was simply >because of, or rather lack of, an operating water column. During the early >tourist days, the water column was not operable.
EBT actually had 3 or 4 different tank cars. The one left today is the only still around. It was built as a flatcar as you state but I wanted to clearify the tank was added during the freight operations many many years ago. It was convenient to use it during the early tourist years to fill the steam engine just like you said.
>EBT #3, an 0-6-0 steam switcher, was purchased as a standard gauge >locomotive to switch the yard in Mount Union and also used to switch the >coal cleaning plant not far from the yard.
The cleaning plant was smack in the middle of the Mt. Union yard.
>It is currently stored next to the Mount Union Connecting Railroad >Company's Plymouth Industrial locomotive, still in the Mount Union area, not >surprisingly. The enginehouse is in the middle of Mt. Union, behind a bank, which is next to a McDonalds.
>*Note 1: Notice that most of the steam locos are bearing white flats, >signalling that they are being run as extras.
It's really just for show. The trains are scheduled 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm.
>They ordered two industrial locomotive shortly before 1995 from the >Plymouth Locomotive Works(I'm not sure what they were called then) to be >used to move equipment around.
Our two Plymouth diesels have been here for quite a while. M-4 arrived in 1978, and M-6 in 1992. They were not purchased new. Plymouth hasn't built a locomotive in a good while.
>GE 55-tonner.... It is normally seen working during the fall and winter doing >heavy yard chores and sometime helping to clear snow off the tracks and >perform maintenance tasks on the tracks.
We don't run in the winter and therefore don't use the 55-tonner to clear snow off the track. M-7 is used mainly for backup for the steam engine and also pulls trains for the Fall Spectacular.
>The M-3 gas-electric track car was built with a small Ford engine under it's >hood and was used mainly to watch the workers to make sure they >weren't "slacking off" or anything. You can now pay for a special ticket for a >small group, probably only four or five people at a time, to take a ride down >the dual gauge tracks used by the Rockhill Trolley Museum.
M-3 is not gas-electric. It's gas-mechanical...like a car. I'm not sure about the 'slacking off' part. It was an inspection vehicle. The M-3 and speeder rides go south on the EBT main, not on the dual gauge of the trolley museum.
>I also found pics of the M-5, several pics of freight equipment, current pics >of 0-6-0 #3 in Mount Union Enginehouse, which was recently restored for >regular use.
Just to clearify, the enginehouse was restored for use, not EBT #3.
>I found a pic of another caboose, which was regrettably intentionally >torched after the EBT ceased operations and sold to the Kovalchick Salvage >Co. It was later realized that they torched a piece of important history and >go to great lengths to prevent more fires. A coach was also set ablaze the >same time the caboose was.
This is news to me. I've never heard this before. The two cabooses that we have today, have been the only ones on the EBT since the 20s.
>There is a pic of a large metallic box that appears to be covered in rivets.
That would be the firebox of the steam locomotive.
One final note. Do you have permission to post these photos on this forum?
Keep up your EBT enthusiam!