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The East Broad Top hosted its annu-


al Fall Spectacular on October 7-9, 2011,


bringing hundreds of narrow gauge fans to the small town of Orbiso- nia, Penn. The star of the show was Mikado No. 15, the only operable loco- motive among the six 2-8-2s living in the EBT roundhouse in Rockhill Fur- nace, just across the Blacklog Creek from Orbisonia.


The weekend started off on Friday


with a photographers’ day. The shop complex and yard was closed off to the general public, allowing photographers to capture people-free scenes of the morning ritual of getting No. 15 out of the roundhouse and prepped for the day’s work. After servicing, the locomo- tive was coupled to a freight train for a run up the line with several photo stops (photographers were carried in an open car behind the caboose; the rider car was cut off at each runby spot). After a lunch break, a round trip with the freight was made to Colgate Grove, the north end of the railroad, once again with several runbys. A night photo ses- sion finished off a long day of shooting.


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TOP: Mikado No. 15 poses in front of the Orbisonia depot with smaller sister No. 12. The 15 is the only operating locomotive on the railroad; the 12 was the first locomotive put in tourist ser- vice in 1960 and sports a fresh coat of paint. ABOVE: The armstrong turntable requires a care- ful balancing act and four strong backs to give No. 15 a spin on the morning of October 7, 2011.


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