The East Broad Top is many things — a delightful family destination, a National Historic Landmark, a great volunteer opportunity, an unparalleled preservation undertaking, and more. The railroad, which was built beginning in 1872, is the only surviving three-foot gauge common carrier railroad east of the Rocky Mountains.
Want to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty? The all-volunteer Friends of the East Broad Top need volunteers at every skill level. If you can paint, if you know your way around woodworking tools, if you can reglaze windows, if you can help disassemble locomotives or reassemble passenger cars, the Friends need you.
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After eight years of inactivity, the East Broad Top has been purchased by a new nonprofit foundation. With strong backing from three important rail-industry figures, the EBT Foundation will work with the volunteers of the Friends of the East Broad Top and the Rockhill Trolley Museum to return our Baldwin-built steam locomotives to operating condition and to continue stabilizing the railroad’s historic buildings. The foundation is especially grateful to the Kovalchick family for having preserved this National Historic Landmark since 1956, and to the employees, volunteers, and fans whose enthusiasm makes this monumental undertaking worthwhile.