The East Broad Top Railroad

East Broad Top Railroad: Engine 15 resting at turn-around point.

This railroad, located in the small town of Orbisonia, in central Pennsylvania, is a short line, narrow gauge railroad built between 1872 and 1874 to service the coal fields of the Broad Top Mountain area of south-central Pennsylvania. The EBT served this purpose for more than 80 years, only to be shut down on April 14th of 1956. Even then it was the last surviving narrow gauge railroad east of the Rocky Mountains.

Today, the EBT is a National Historic Landmark. You can ride this railroad over an active 5 mile long portion of rail, beginning from the old station in Orbisonia, and doubling back for a total ride of 10 miles. It's a delightful ride, even if short, and is both enjoyable as well as educational for young and old alike.

Engine number 14 is the most often used of the old stock, but the day we were there, we rode number 15, a Baldwin 2-8-2, built in 1914. The remaining locomotives can be found in the old roundhouse near the station, but not all are in working order. The railroad is in need of funds to keep the stock in running order, and indeed, even to keep operating. If you would like to donate, please visit the site listed below, or give them a call.

You can read more about this railroad, including details such as directions, times and dates, prices, and so forth, by visiting the web site at:

You can also reach them by phone by calling 814-447-3011.

Below are several photographs taken of the East Broad Top.

At the main station in Orbisonia. Engine number 15, waiting to pull out of the station in Orbisonia, Pa.

Waiting for passengers to board. A close-up shot of Engine 15.

Waiting at the rest stop. Waiting at the turn-around point as passengers enjoy the park-like setting.

The following two photographs are taken inside one of the special passenger cars on the train.

Inside the special coach.

Inside the special coach.

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