Experience America's Industrial Past in the Heart of Central Pennsylvania
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. Now, we are proud to offer visitors from around the world the opportunity to experience America’s industrial past.
After many years of inactivity, the East Broad Top has been purchased by a new 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation. With strong backing from prominent rail-industry leaders, 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.
Browse our wide collection of East Broad Top apparel, hats, toys, and memorabilia!
The Only Original Narrow Gauge Railroad East of the Rocky Mountains!
Your visit helps us preserve one of Pennsylvania’s most important industrial heritage sites.
150 years ago the East Broad Top was among the earliest railroads in America to try a revolutionary new technology: narrow gauge. Today it is the oldest narrow-gauge railroad anywhere in the United States, and the last narrow gauge common carrier east of the Rocky Mountains. Nestled in the heart of Central Pennsylvania, the EBT stands as a monument to early railroading and our industrial heritage.
When the EBT suspended freight service in 1956, its crews simply went home, leaving a time capsule that the Smithsonian has described as one of the most intact 19th-century industrial sites in the country. Saved from scrapping by the Kovalchick family, the EBT was recognized as a National Historic Landmark in 1964.
Experience an immersive guided tour of our remarkably intact 20th Century shop complex.
Explore the railroad’s unique roster of steam locomotives, gas motors, and rolling stock.
The EBT Foundation
Become a Friend!
The best way to support our restoration effort is to become a member of the Friends of the East Broad Top, or contribute to their annual fundraising campaign!