Welcome to Photo Line! Preserved heritage railroads offer an opportunity to recreate everyday scenes and take a step back in time. On Friday October 7, 2011, Pennsylvania's East Broad Top hosted a photo freight as part of its annual Fall Spectacular. Photographer Alex Mayes shares his photos from East Broad Top's Fall Spectacular.
The photo freight consist was comprised of four EBT coal hoppers, two vintage box cars, a tank car and EBT wooden caboose No. 27. A rider coach was coupled onto the rear of the consist to transport passengers to the photo locations, which was uncoupled before each runby. This photo was taken at the runby at Colgate Grove after the train was turned on the wye.
Through the countryside
Fall foliage is just starting to emerge in this part of Pennsylvania as the silence of the countryside is broken by another runby of the photo freight, about two miles north of Orbisonia.
Included in this year's events was a demonstation of EBT's reconditioned side-dump ballast car No. 802, seen here dumping and spreading ash on the right of way a mile north of Orbisonia. This two-bay ballast car was purchased by the EBT in 1913, and was originally a bottom-drop car. The EBT converted the car to side-dump configuration in the 1930's, and it was used until 2004 when it was taken out of service due to rust and other deterioration of the rivets and slope sheets. In 2005 the Friends of the EBT arranged to have CNH America, Inc. fabricate new steel components, and then FEBT volunteers installed the new parts and made repairs to the car to return it to operation.
One of several passenger runs made with 2-8-2 No. 15 on Friday, October 7. The 11:00 AM run is seen here passing apicturesque fall colors as it crosses Runk Road four miles north of Orbisonia.
Night photo session
A night photo session was held in Orbisonia on Friday October 7. In this scene, 2-8-2s Nos. 12 and 15 are lit up as they go about their business in the Orbisonia yard. Illumination was provided by Alex Mayes, Steve Barry and Jeff Smith with Lumedyne strobe lighting.
Hoppers headed north
EBT No. 15 charges the main line just north of the Orbisonia station with coal hoppers trailing during the second setup of the night photo session.
Orbisonia station at night
Nos. 12 and 15 strike a familiar pose in front of the Orbisonia station.
At the coal tipple
East Broad Top No. 15 pauses at the concrete coaling tipple at the south end of Orbisonia yard.