Frequently Asked Questions
Ticketing & Excursions
At this time, we are able to operate a limited schedule of train rides, shop tours and special events. Due to ongoing restoration of track and equipment, we have had to release our 2021 schedule on a monthly basis. As more track and equipment become available, we will add experiences to the schedule.
Click here to learn more about our experiences and see up-to-date schedules.
The East Broad Top Railroad strives to be an accessible experience for all visitors where possible. We are proud to offer one open-air train car with a lift on each excursion train. This car can accommodate up to 3 standard-size wheelchairs per departure. When booking, please acknowledge your party’s need for the lift so that we can best prepare for your arrival.
At this time, due to the historic nature of the buildings and property, our shop tours are only accessible on a case-by-case basis. All areas on the tour are not paved and require multiple crossings of railroad tracks. Please contact our station with any questions about tour accessibility PRIOR to booking this experience.
Shop tours require visitors to walk and stand for an hour, with little opportunity to sit.
Trolley Rides at the Rockhill Trolley Museum:
Our vintage trolleys are not handicapped accessible; however, arrangements can be made, and we encourage you to contact the museum prior to your visit so that we can make efforts to accommodate your needs. For more information regarding Trolley accessibility, please visit rockhilltrolley.org
At this time, all trains operate northbound out of the Orbisonia Station for a 6-mile roundtrip. Excursion trains stop at the Runk Road Bridge. All train rides are 45 minutes in duration.
Train Rides & Shop Tours
Yes, trains and shop tours operate rain or shine! Our standard class train cars are open-air but do have a roof. In the event of a cancellation by the railroad, all passengers will be notified by email or text and issued full refunds.
Visitors taking shop tours should come prepared with the proper clothing for the weather, including umbrellas, jackets, and proper shoes.
Our parking lot is located along Iron Street, north of the Orbisonia Station. Directional signs should guide you there from Meadow Street.
Longtime EBT visitors will remember parking adjacent to the Roundhouse and Shop Complex. We have closed this parking lot to enhance the visitor experience for those taking the shop tour. We want you to feel like you’ve stepped back in time!
At this time, we do not have bathrooms on the train . Public restrooms are located in the parking lot at the Orbisonia Station, and at the Rockhill Trolley Museum.
Currently, the gift shop is only open on days when trains are operating. We welcome you to visit the Station when we are open, and you can also find our entire inventory online! Click here to visit our online gift store!
The East Broad Top Railroad is a living museum! While we don’t have walk-through-style exhibits or a dedicated display building, you are immersed in history the minute you step out of your vehicle. In other words… the entire property is one big museum!
To experience our historic shop complex, you MUST take a guided tour, which are offered every day that trains operate. Tours begin in the original freight office, which does house a small display of artifacts. From there, tours take visitors through our intact 19th/Early 20th Century machine shop buildings.
Rockhill Trolley Museum:
The museum is your trolley ride and all the things you’ll see throughout the grounds. Inside the Museum Store, there are a handful of pictures on display. These exhibits rotate periodically, but the collection of cars and equipment really are the heart of the museum.
Only registered service animals are permitted aboard EBT trains in the historic machine shop complex.
Purchasing advance reservations are always recommended, especially for popular experiences like mid-day train departures and shop tours. Day-of reservations are always accepted at the ticket window inside the Orbisonia Station is space is available.
Please arrive no later than half an hour prior to the start time of your tour or train excursion if you plan to purchase tickets at the ticket window.
Yes! Jenkies Joint has opened a location inside the Orbisonia Station and is open every day that trains operate. They offer a variety of gourmet hot dogs, wraps, concessions, specialty sodas, coffee/espresso, and more!
Yes! Passengers are more than welcome to bring food that they purchase at the station, or food that they bring from home, aboard the train. Passengers are NOT permitted to bring glass containers or alcohol on ANY EBT train or Rockhill Trolley Museum trolley.
EBT Foundation Mission & Goals
Right now our focus is on reopening the railroad as far as Colgate Grove and on reconditioning locomotives and cars. In the future we look forward with enthusiasm to discussing possibilities for expanding our operations, which would be tremendously exciting. But before that we have a lot of work to do on the portion of the EBT that’s operated since 1960.
We are excited to have both the Friends and the Rockhill Trolley Museum as partners, and we look forward to working very closely with both to make Rockhill Furnace a great destination for railfans and casual visitors alike. As you know, the trolley museum got its start very soon after the East Broad Top reopened in 1960, and its volunteers have built a tremendous operation that was able to survive and grow during the railroad’s recent shutdown. We look forward to planning and cross-promoting events that will benefit both the railroad and the trolley museum.
And the Friends have been invaluable. Much less of the East Broad Top would survive today for us to acquire without their tireless work to stabilize buildings and equipment. And their efforts to record the history of the line have been just as important. It’s hard to imagine that any other 33-mile railroad has ever had the benefit of so much well-researched interest.
We are not associated with the East Broad Top Railroad Preservation Association.
We’re currently evaluating all six of our Baldwin 2-8-2’s, with advice and help from professionals who have lots of experience with steam locomotives across the U.S. Currently No. 16 and No. 14 are first in line for restoration, with No. 16 expected to be the first in operation. Our hope is that we will eventually be able to use all six locomotives, along with the M-1, the M-3, our speeder cars, and diesels M-4, M-6, and M-7, but that will take some time.
Mr. Kovalchick sold No. 3 before we began negotiations with him, although we believe it is still in the Mount Union enginehouse.
Our goal is to preserve as much of the East Broad Top as we can responsibly maintain and to present visitors with a full picture of the railroad as it appeared in common-carrier days. But at this point many of the remaining hoppers have been sitting out in the weather for more than 60 years, and they’re in rough shape. It may not be possible to preserve them all.
As soon as we’re certain we can safely carry passengers, we’ll make an announcement. For now, check our events page for our current schedules!
Check out our events page for more information about our special event offerings! We do plan on operating a themed Christmas event annually!