The East Broad Top Railroad, Rockhill Furnace, Pennsylvania

East Broad Top Number 17 at the Orbisonia Station

The U.S. state of Pennsylvania is known as the state where the United States of America began with the drafting and the signing of the Declaration of Independence at the Pennsylvania State House in the city of Philadelphia.  (It is Independence Hall today.) The state is also known for its coal mines and factories in small towns. In the central part of the state, the East Broad Top Railroad was a narrow gauge railroad constructed in the 1870’s to connect the mines and factories to the main line in the top of Mount Union, Pennsylvania. This continued until the 1950’s where the rail service began to decline. The line was abandoned.

Tracks to the Yard and Shops

In 1960, the East Broad Top Railroad began running excursions trains, and the excursions trains continued until 2011.  The line was abandoned for good.

Hopper Cars

Or was it?

Passenger Train at the Station

The Friends of the East Broad Top Railroad purchased the property, and railroad excursions returned in 2020.  The trains are running again.

The East Broad Top Railroad is the only narrow gauge railroad in the eastern United States and one of only a few east of the Mississippi.  Along with the train rides, you can also take a shop tour to see the old round house and the repair shops.

Number 17 of the East Broad Top Railroad

The East Broad Top Railroad is located at 421 East Meadow Street (Pennsylvania Route 994) in Rockhill Furnace, Pennsylvania just west of U.S. Route 552. Parking is on site. You can read more into the railroad at https://eastbroadtop.com/.

A Mountain Seen from the Train

The East Broad Top has returned.  Come and take a ride on America’s most authentic narrow gauge railroad.

5 thoughts on “The East Broad Top Railroad, Rockhill Furnace, Pennsylvania

  1. Did they close all those mines back when the trains stopped running? I am glad they preserved the history but mines were a hard way to make a living. Great piece John and photography. Sending love ❤️ Joni

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      1. I lived by an older man in Kentucky who had mined cool all he’s adult life. He was a good person. Those that loved him had to watch him die a terrible death with black lung. I was young but I loved to listen to his stories. Hugs 🤗 and love John. ❤️

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