East Broad Top RR 2012 season CANCELLED!

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East Broad Top RR 2012 season CANCELLED!

Postby Franklin Gowen » Tue May 22, 2012 2:42 pm

Here's the clear, concise and very depressing revelation that online visitors are now greeted with when visiting http://www.ebtrr.com :

To all our friends, fellow railroaders, and loyal patrons:

It is with great remorse that the East Broad Top Railroad officially announces that we will not be operating steam powered excursions for the 2012 season. On April 1st, 2012, the East Broad Top Preservation Association's 3-year lease to operate the East Broad Top Railroad with an option to buy has ended. After painstaking talks and options were evaluated and discussed, no arrangement could be made between the East Broad Top Railroad and Coal Company and the East Broad Top Preservation Association.

At this time there are no certainties beyond 2012. We can't say this is the end of the line, nor can we say this is just temporary. Should any type of operations or events be planned in the future, we will announce them here. Until then there are no further details.

The decision to close this season was a difficult one. The employees of the East Broad Top Railroad would like to say "Thank You" to all of our patrons, fans, and supporters for allowing us to serve you with the enchanting and historical experience on America's oldest operating narrow gauge steam railroad. Rest assured it is difficult for us to accept that we are unable to provide a memorable visit on our railroad, much the same as it is for you to read this announcement. If it was not for the kind support of our visitors over the past 51 years we would have never made it this far. Again, we thank you for the greatest experience we could ever imagine.

The East Broad Top Railroad and Coal Company

And from the railroad's Facebook page:

Well here it is. The railroad will NOT run this summer. Things could not be worked out between Mr. Kovalchick and EBTPA. We will still be offering tours of the shops and round house for groups of 20 or more people but they must call the station and make arrangments for that at 814-447-3011.This does not mean that the railroad will not open back up next year, we will be looking at all the possibilities to try and reopen in 2013. We will keep you posted as to what is going on with the railroad as the year goes by.
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Re: East Broad Top RR 2012 season CANCELLED!

Postby trackwelder » Fri May 25, 2012 2:24 pm

this is extremely sad. especially considering all the work that's been done there recently. who knows, perhaps this means mr. kovalchick has some big plans and needs some time to get it together. optimism, right?
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Re: East Broad Top RR 2012 season CANCELLED!

Postby ebtrr » Sat May 26, 2012 12:19 pm

This is not the end of the EBT. FEBT's restoration programs at both Robertsdale and Rockhill Furnace will continue with the owner's blessing. We have just wrapped up a week-long restoration blitz. The seriously endangered Blacksmith Shop has been righted this spring and is receiving a great deal of work. Several hundred square feet of roof were re-coated and many small leaks patched. More historic machines and line shafts will be coming back into operation.

Your support now more important than ever. Consider donating http://www.febt.org/donate.html or volunteering http://www.febt.org/volunt.html .
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Re: East Broad Top RR 2012 season CANCELLED!

Postby woodsie » Wed Jul 31, 2013 10:47 am

Good grief! It can't be money, can it?
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Re: East Broad Top RR 2012 season CANCELLED!

Postby trackwelder » Tue Aug 06, 2013 5:41 pm

woodsie wrote:Good grief! It can't be money, can it?



it's a lotta things. mr. kovalchick wants out of the railroad business, and the only serious buyer is kinda shady. also, despite the excellent efforts of the volunteers, a TON of maintenance work needs to happen to motive power and the main line. some bright railfan (me?) needs to hit the powerball and swoop in to snatch it up, dump a ton of money in to it, and get creative with new revenue streams.
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