Jane & Pete Clarke
East Broad Top (HOn3)
he EBT is represented from its interchange with the PRR at Mount Union to Mine 5 in Robertsdale. It’s (an imaginary) 1926 and the ownership group has decided that it’s time to sell it. In an attempt to make it more appealing to prospective purchasers, they have rebuilt the iron furnaces that had been abandoned in 1908. To supply the needed iron ore and limestone, the railroad has re-opened the iron mines and limestone quarry along the Shade Gap branch. All this makes the EBT a very busy railroad. Coal, limestone, iron ore, pig iron, gannister rock, and lumber are the bulk of the freight, but there’s plenty of miscellaneous freight. The mail train still hauls passengers and carries the mail to all the small towns along the line.
Ops sessions are regular events. TT/TO is used with car cards and train instructions. Control is by Digitrax and most locomotives have TCS sound decoders. Scenery is complete, but there are still buildings that need to be more accurately modeled. The layout was featured in Great Model Railroads 2016.
Note: Pete is the membership guy for Friends of the East Broad Top (FEBT). Jane is editor of the FEBT magazine Timber Transfer. Together they organize and run the FEBT museum in Robertsdale. So, feel free to talk EBT!