Thanks to the generosity of 86 donors, our 2024 Campaign has surged forward! As of December 21st 2023, we have received a total of $197,756.00! Thank you all for your generosity!
Thanks to your generous donations, we have completed a tremendously successful 2023 Campaign. We have raised over $265,000, far exceeding our goal of $180,000.
Your support of the 2024 Campaign will enable new progress on current FEBT efforts and the launch of exciting new ones to preserve, restore and interpret the East Broad Top RR. Our goal is to raise $220,000 to:
- Rebuild the Saltillo Station
- Continue the March to Saltillo
- Start efforts to rebuild the Robertsdale Engine House
- Continue the work to preserve and make accessible the EBT Archives
- Construct a new tender tank for Locomotive 15
Follow the link below to securely donate online to our FEBT Annual Campaign, and continue reading for more details on the 2024 projects.
Thank you for your support!
Here are the latest updates on the projects included in the 2024 Campaign.
The preliminary architectural drawings and site survey for the Saltillo station have been completed. Now it is time to rebuild the station. With your support we plan to fund the exterior construction of the building, with FEBT volunteers to complete the interior work. This will be a major step to enable the EBT’s planned return to Saltillo. We desire to raise $50,000 in the 2024 Campaign for this project. Click here to donate.
Continue the March to Saltillo
The FEBT and EBTF track crew installed over 1100 ties in 2023, and the FEBT Board authorized procurement of an additional 1500. Building on these accomplishments enabled by your generosity and the dedication of our track crew, we plan to purchase additional ties and material to continue the track restoration south toward Saltillo. We are seeking $40,000 in the 2024 Campaign to support this effort. Click here to donate.
Start efforts to rebuild the Robertsdale Engine House
Great progress has been made in Robertsdale including the FEBT museum, new roofs, track restoration, and clearing of the yard area. A major next step would be the reconstruction of the Robertsdale engine house. We would like to launch initial architectural design work to begin the effort to rebuild this long-lost building. We’d like to raise $10,000 in the 2024 campaign to fund this effort. Click here to donate.
Continue the work to preserve and make accessible the EBT Archives
The EBT archives in 2023 added over 1100 items (including the Ryan, Boutell, and Slater photo collections) to the public site and completed digitizing and indexing all of the Baldwin drawings relating to locomotives 14 and 15. With your financial support, we will continue the work to preserve and make accessible the EBT Archives. This will allow the archives team to add detailed surveys, descriptions, and hundreds of photos of the entire line, plus never-before-available corporate business records.
(Visit the Archives at https://ebtfoundation.org/archives/)
We are seeking to raise $70,000 to continue the archive work in 2024, with a mix of full-time technicians and knowledgeable FEBT volunteers. Click here to donate.
Construct a new tender tank for Locomotive 15
Multiple operating steam engines were long a hallmark of the East Broad Top. This can again become reality with your help. The EBT Foundation plans to next restore No. 15 to operation. The FEBT will support this effort by funding the construction of the needed new tender tank for the engine by raising $50,000 in the 2024 campaign. Click here to donate.
In all, we are seeking to raise $220,000 in new funds to pursue these goals. You may donate online (credit card and PayPal accepted) at the FEBT Company Store, store.febt.org/donate. If you prefer to send a check or money order payable to FEBT, address it to Karen Bulman, FEBT Fundraising Treasurer, P.O. Box 43063, Cincinnati Ohio 45243. FEBT is a designated 501(c)(3) organization and donations are tax-deductible in the U.S.
The 2024 Annual Campaign started October 1, 2023 and runs until September 30, 2024.
Photos courtesy of the EBT Archives, Al Gallo, Lee Rainey, and Matthew Malkiewicz.