East Broad Top

Up in central Pennsylvania in the small town of Orbisonia there is the headquarters of the East Broad Top Railroad and Coal Company. The railroad was originally chartered in 1856. Its primary purpose was to call coal from the mines on the east side of Broad Top Mountain as well as other freight and some passengers. The railroad stopped operation in 1956 and was sold for scrap. Thankfully, the new owner did not scrap the railroad and allowed it to sit in place and eventually the railroad was reactivate as a scenic excursion railroad. It’s been shut down since 2012 but there is a small group of dedicated volunteers of the Friends of East Broad Top continue to work to preserve and restore the East Broad Top Railroad. Follow the links to learn more about the railroad and the efforts to preserve it.

I recently had the opportunity to photograph in and around the roundhouse and maintenance shops and the site really is an historic treasure. Here are a few of my images from the day.

~ by Rsmith on October 12, 2014.

One Response to “East Broad Top”

  1. Wish I had been with you for your trip to East Broad Top. I find the shacks as interesting as the engines. How many miles of track did the line have?

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