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Throughout the years, the EBT operated, built, and maintained its own freight cars. Early coal hoppers were wooden, until the first steel cars arrived in 1913. In fact, the EBT operated the only fleet of steel narrow gauge coal hoppers. To this day, several other railroads who have purchased EBT hoppers in the past still operate their EBT cars for maintenance purposes. The EBT was a modern little shortline narrow gauge.

Scale Test Car 30

This 30,000 lb scale test car was home-built by the EBT shops in 1916 to calibrate the three narrow gauge scales on the railroad.
Photo by Lance Myers

Flatcar 108

This is the flatcar that once had several pine trees growing through it at the south end of the Rockhill Yard. It was one of three cars removed from a cut of out of service cars in Rockhill Yard. It is now our only true flatcar, as the others have been converted to open passenger cars in the 1990s. This flatcar, built by the EBT shops in 1923, will be used for track maintenance and photographer's specials, and was restored in July 2006.
Photo by Lance Myers

Tankcar 116

This tankcar was originally built as a flatcar in the EBT shops in 1925. Sometime after 1936 the 6000 gallon tank was installed, making it the only EBT tankcar. For lack of a working water column in early tourist years, this tankcar was filled with water, pushed up a steep track near the coal tipple, and used to fill the steam locomotive tenders.
Photo by Lance Myers

Boxcars 170 & 181

These two are our only operating examples of our home-built boxcars, however there are several others sitting around the yard. On the left is a wooden body, steel frame transition boxcar built 1913 and is one of the oldest freight cars on the property. On the right is an example of the many all-steel boxcars built 1914-1920.
Photo by Lance Myers

Side-Dump Hopper 802

This is one of the original 10 steel cars ordered from the Pressed Steel Car Co. in 1913. Four of these were later converted by the EBT shops from standard hoppers to side-dump hoppers. This photo shows the car just after its rebuild was completed by Friends of the EBT in June 2008.
Photo by Lance Myers

Standard EBT 3-Bay Hoppers

The EBT's fleet of modern steel hoppers was made up largely of standard 3-bay cars. The first of these were purchased from the Pressed Steel Car Co. in 1913-1914. The remainder, a total of about 239 cars, were built by the EBT shops.
Photo by Lance Myers

4-Bay Hopper 1074

This is the newest operating freight car on the EBT, built 1928. This car is one of two 4-bay hoppers on the EBT. The other, hopper 1063 was returned to a 3-bay hopper and had high sides.
Photo by Lance Myers


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