Policies & FAQ's

Ticketing FAQ's

Our schedule is fully reflected online through December of 2022. 

Due to the historic nature of our facilities and equipment, not every EBTF experience is ADA accessible. However, we make every reasonable effort to accommodate guests with mobility concerns. Please contact our ticket office PRIOR to booking any experience if you have questions regarding the accessibility of an event, ride, or experience. 

Train Rides: Currently, we offer one wheelchair-accessible train car on many public excursions, equipped with a hydraulic lift. This car’s hydraulic lift does not currently accommodate powered wheelchairs. All other EBTF equipment is not wheelchair accessible. Passengers must utilize the “accessibility requirement” checkbox while reserving their trip or inform the ticket agent of the need for special accommodations to ensure this option is available prior to booking. 

Trolley Rides: The Rockhill Trolley Museum (RTM) offers one trolley equipped with a hydraulic lift. Passengers must utilize the “accessibility requirement” checkbox while reserving their trip or inform the ticket agent of the need for special accommodations to ensure this option is available PRIOR to booking. 

Shop Tours: Every reasonable effort is made to accommodate those with special requirements on guided shop tours. However, some areas of the tour are not accessible due to the historic nature of the complex. Public tours are one-hour in duration and require long periods of walking and standing over several uneven surfaces, including gravel, grass, and many train tracks. For this reason, please contact our ticket office PRIOR to booking any shop tour for someone requiring a wheelchair, as special arrangements are needed.

Train rides take passengers on a scenic 9 mile round-trip excursion through the heart of Central PA’s countryside to Colgate Grove.

Our rides currently do not include the option to deboard at Colgate Grove. We have a number of amazing facility improvements planned, however passengers will not be able to disembark there until those are complete. 

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! 

Shop Complex:

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! 

Passengers are permitted to bring personal food and beverage aboard the train. However, passengers are not permitted to carry any glass containers or alcohol aboard any train, shop tour, or vintage trolley. 

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Ticketing Policies

This policy represents the EBT Foundation, Inc. (EBTF), doing business as the East Broad Top Railroad (EBT), and Railways to Yesterday, Inc. (RTY), doing business as the Rockhill Trolley Museum (RTM). 

Ticketing & Cancellation Policy: 

  • Fares and schedules are subject to change without notice
  • All sales and transactions are final. There are no refunds on ticket purchases. The total value of the ticket may be transferred to credit in the form of an online gift card so long as changes are made no less than five days prior to the date of your train excursion, shop tour, trolley ride, or other experience. Any changes to a reservation may be subject to a $6.00 fee per ticket. Tickets are not transferable. 
  • Your credit card will be processed at the time of booking. Any reservations without payment will not be held for individual reservations without previous arrangements. 
  • Passengers must be checked in at the ticket window no later than 15 minutes prior to their first train ride, trolley ride, or tour. Any reservations which are not checked in after that time may be released to the waiting public without refund. 
  • While we work hard to maintain published schedules, consists, and itineraries, The EBTF can change equipment or motive power at any time, for any reason, without notice. The EBTF reserves the right to cancel any experience, tour, or excursion for any reason, including but not limited to inclement weather or mechanical problems. The EBTF will not be held liable for any delays regardless of the cause. Safety is our number one priority. 

Smoking, Food & Beverage, Firearms Policy: 

  • Smoking is prohibited outside of designated areas on EBTF property. Smoking is strictly prohibited aboard any train, shop tour, or vintage trolley. This includes cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and vapor pens. 
  • Visitors are not permitted to carry firearms on any train, shop tour, or vintage trolley. 
  • Passengers are permitted to bring personal food and beverage aboard the train. However, passengers are not permitted to carry any glass containers or alcohol aboard any train, shop tour, or vintage trolley. 

Accessibility Policy:

  • Due to the historic nature of our facilities and equipment, not every EBTF experience is ADA accessible. However, we make every reasonable effort to accommodate guests that require special accommodations. Please contact our ticket office PRIOR to booking any experience if you have questions regarding the accessibility of an event, ride, or experience. 
    • Train Rides: Currently, we offer one wheelchair-accessible train car on many public excursions, equipped with a hydraulic lift. This car’s hydraulic lift does not currently accommodate powered wheelchairs. All other EBTF equipment is not wheelchair accessible. Passengers must utilize the “accessibility requirement” checkbox while reserving their trip or inform the ticket agent of the need for special accommodations to ensure this option is available prior to booking. 
    • Trolley Rides: The Rockhill Trolley Museum (RTM) offers one trolley equipped with a hydraulic lift. Passengers must utilize the “accessibility requirement” checkbox while reserving their trip or inform the ticket agent of the need for special accommodations to ensure this option is available PRIOR to booking. 
    • -Shop Tours: Every reasonable effort is made to accommodate those with special requirements on guided shop tours. However, some areas of the tour are not accessible due to the historic nature of the complex. Public tours are one-hour in duration and require long periods of walking and standing over several uneven surfaces, including gravel, grass, and many train tracks. For this reason, please contact our ticket office PRIOR to booking any shop tour for someone requiring a wheelchair, as special arrangements are needed.
  • Only registered service animals are permitted aboard any EBT train, guided shop tour, or vintage trolley at the Rockhill Trolley Museum. 

Use of Likeness Policy:

  • Every visitor to the EBT Foundation, Inc. or Railways to Yesterday, Inc. property may participate in any experience on the condition, and by participating in any EBTF or RTY activity agrees that, the EBTF, RTY, and each of their respective agents and licensees, shall have the unrestricted rights and license to use his or her image, likenesses, name, voice, comments or other proprietary or public rights and that of any minor accompanying visitors in any photograph and/or video and/or audio sound recording taken during the course of visitor’s experience which includes but not limited to all property associated with the train such as the railyard, stations, gift shops, historic shop complex, car-barns, mechanical shops, Colgate Grove, right of ways, departure and boarding areas in Rockhill Furnace, PA for all purposes, without consent or compensation. The rights granted herein to the EBTF and RTY are assignable. 

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.

The Friends have been invaluable to the preservation of the East Broad Top. Much less of the railroad 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 are not associated with the East Broad Top Railroad Preservation Association and do not own any EBT assets above, and including, the Aughwick Concrete Arch Bridge into Mt. Union. 

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.

While the Polar Express will likely not return to Rockhill Furnace, we do operate our own “homegrown” Christmas event. Check out our events page for more information about our special event offerings! 

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.