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 Post subject: PA provides $23 million in grants for 16 rail projects.
PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2012 4:57 pm 

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This is great news! The East Broad Top gets 2 million out of it too!

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 Post subject: Re: PA provides $23 million in grants for 16 rail projects.
PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2012 5:50 pm 

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Is this funding for the standard gauge operation in Mount Union?

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 Post subject: Re: PA provides $23 million in grants for 16 rail projects.
PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2012 5:51 pm 

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Reads more like Mt Union Connecting than EBT we all know and love. Still good news though.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2012 8:07 pm 

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"• $2 million to East Broad Top to acquire land and right of way, rehabilitate existing track, and build track and a transload facility;"

Let's hope $2 million dollars goes further then analysis and a hammer from Home Depot.

That was the second largest amount granted.

How much was granted last time - it's like deja vue - I had to check the date. Last grant I think amounted to a restored DUAL-GAUGED(!) grade crossing and?

Wasn't there also once talk of hauling garbage or something out of Orbisonia??

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2012 10:21 pm 

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Interesting....

PA kicking money into the CNY as well, which has been NY's foster child. Not strictly preservation, but about as close as it comes. The Erie would be looooong gone otherwise.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2012 6:42 pm 

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I was wondering how EBT qualified for such a large grant that is reserved for railroads that are 'common carriers?' Do they have an interchange agreement of some kind? I assumed they are tourist operation only? These grants are very competitive and we have never had any kind of luck only being a tourist operation. Without freight service we have never been able to qualify.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2012 8:21 pm 

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RCman2626 wrote:
I was wondering how EBT qualified for such a large grant that is reserved for railroads that are 'common carriers?' Do they have an interchange agreement of some kind? I assumed they are tourist operation only? These grants are very competitive and we have never had any kind of luck only being a tourist operation. Without freight service we have never been able to qualify.


Hence the "Mt. Union Connecting Railroad" statement. That is a interchanging freight railroad that has opened up a significant portion of the standard/dual gauge EBT in Mt. Union, connecting with the NS. There are intentions of expanding the service over the now Narrow Gauge only portion, by making it dual gauge.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2012 9:35 pm 

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I don't suppose any money has been earmarked for a certain Altoona refugee?

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