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 Post subject: Re: East Broad Top owner trying to sell railroad in one piec
PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 11:33 pm 

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For what it's worth, there is a McDonald's in Mt. Union now, right next to the EBT enginehouse in fact.

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 Post subject: Re: East Broad Top owner trying to sell railroad in one piec
PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 4:26 pm 

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philip.marshall wrote:
For what it's worth, there is a McDonald's in Mt. Union now, right next to the EBT enginehouse in fact.

-Philip Marshall


And a Sheetz!

But neither of those are really big "vacation draws"...

And while there is plenty of lodging under an hour away, that doesn't really help vacation planners from a marketing perspective the way that something in the same town would.


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 Post subject: Re: East Broad Top owner trying to sell railroad in one piec
PostPosted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 11:54 am 

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Marketing couldn't be that hard. All you have to do is sell the "undiscovered" aspect and make sure the few B&B's and other places already there hold up their end. The kids in Brooklyn with gobs of money will flow in in no time. I would suggest even selling EBT flasks, since it's a dry county or something to that effect.

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 Post subject: Re: East Broad Top owner trying to sell railroad in one piec
PostPosted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 1:57 pm 

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JohnHillier wrote:
I would suggest even selling EBT flasks, since it's a dry county or something to that effect.


Not a "dry" county--that's just the impression that the statewide Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has upon visitors from other, more enlightened states, with its monopoly on wine and spirits sales only in state-run stores and horribly archaic laws that restrict retail beer sales to "distributors" who have to sell by the case, except for bars selling six-packs at inflated mark-ups. (This is slowly being circumvented by certain grocery retailers exploiting a loophole that just appeared, allowing them to set up a separate "store within a store" for beer sales.)

The other reality is that Orbisonia, Mt. Union, etc. are ridiculously remote, economically and culturally. One of the down sides to the "time capsule" character of the EBT and environs is that, in some ways you're still stepping back in time 50 or more years culturally as well in that area. Somehow I would not be surprised to find a black-and-white TV in a bar in that area. I'm perpetually amazed at the small town elsewhere in Pa. that have brewpubs--Altoona, Chambersburg, Carlisle, Williamsport, Selinsgrove, Mifflinburg, etc.--but Orbisonia is simply the center of a huge "black hole" of nothingness when it comes to any decent booze culture. Oh, there's now one tiny winery outlet in Huntingdon.........


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 Post subject: Re: East Broad Top owner trying to sell railroad in one piec
PostPosted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 6:25 pm 

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The effort to save EBT stated well back in the 1970s with the EBT getting historic status in 1979. In the following decade, the Southwestern Pennsylvania Heritage Preservation Commission (SWPHPC) formed in 1987 tried to work with the NPS to save the EBT. This organization commissioned the 1991 NPS draft of preservation alternatives. (See this link.. http://www.spikesys.com/EBT/Studies/soa.html )
I have done bit of research into the SWPHPC and its demise in 2008. This appears to have cut off any federal leadership on preserving the EBT using the NPS framework after that period (the Alt 5 laid out in the NPS study).
See this article on the SWPHPC ... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southwest ... Commission

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