EBT Seeking Post-War Era Freight Cars

The East Broad Top Railroad in Pennsylvania is seeking a few standard-gauge freight cars.

The historic narrow gauge railroad plans to use the cars to show how during the post World II era standard-gauge freight cars were transformed into use in narrow gauge operation.

That was done using special transfer trucks and cast-aluminum coupler adapters.

EBT officials said the cars they are seeking must be specific to the era that will be portrayed.

Photographs show the EBT made widespread use of boxcars of the New York Central, Reading, and Pennsylvania Railroad, and gondolas of the Erie, Pennsy, and Baltimore & Ohio.

The EBT also hauled tank cars loaded with asphalt used to build paved roads in rural areas. Some cars carried supplies used to construct the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Standard-gauge cars were transformed at Mount Union, Pennsylvania, where the EBT had a connection with the Pennsy.

A gantry crane known as the Timber Transfer would lift standard-gauge cars and workers would roll narrow-gauge trucks beneath them.

The EBT Foundation, which operates the narrow gauge railroad, said those who have leads about available and era-specific standard-gauge cars should call it at 814-447-3285.

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