The East Broad Top Railroad

Experience America's Industrial Past in the Heart of Central Pennsylvania

Train Rides

Guided tours

Guided Tours


Trolley Rides

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.

Online Store

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. 

Historical Background train rides


Experience an immersive guided tour of our remarkably intact 20th Century shop complex.

Railroad History

Learn more about the EBT’s 150 years of railroad and industrial history.

Equipment Roster

Explore the railroad’s unique roster of steam locomotives, gas motors, and rolling stock.

The EBT Foundation

Get to know the people and the vision behind the revitalization of the East Broad Top Railroad. 
Milan Zlock
February 20, 2023.
This a great experince, planning to back with my grandchildren
Amy Ondriezek
February 20, 2023.
I've been to East Broad Top many times, including before it closed, but had never been to the Living History weekend, and it was amazing! They did a great job bringing together some great reenactors and setting up a wonderful experience for everyone. I will continue to go back and support the RR as frequently as possible!
Bob Connolly
February 20, 2023.
What a great day at the East Broad Top Rail Road!!! It was a thrill to ride the Baldwin Locomotive Works #16 this past weekend. The #16 was expertly brought back to life and road along the rails for the first time since 1956. The staff at EBT did a great job and made the hour long excursion a lot of fun. I was a great way to spend the day with my son and ride a beautiful steam locomotive!
Randy Ross
February 20, 2023.
Dennis W
February 20, 2023.
I really enjoyed my trip there. I had wanted to get there and well worth the trip. I recommend this narrow gage railroad.
Jacob Greenawalt
February 19, 2023.
Great place to be on spring day
Jason Lee Hollandsworth
February 19, 2023.
Awesome steam train. Ride the caboose. Well worth the extra!

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!