Immersive Guided Tours
Duration: 60 Minutes
May – October: 11am • 1pm
Ages: Recommended 8+
The story of a railroad extends beyond its locomotives and cars. It includes the buildings, facilities, machines, tools, and people that maintained it and kept it operational. Because the East Broad Top Railroad is narrow-gauge, it required its own facilities to maintain its equipment, and thanks to extensive restoration and preservation efforts, it all still remains intact today.
Regular Tour Overview
Shop tours will begin at the original Freight Office for the East Broad Top Railroad. Arrive a bit early and enjoy a selection of displays and artifacts from the railroad’s past. Here, your guide will give you an overview of the railroad’s history, and how/why it survived for us to enjoy today.
The heart of any steam-powered railroad is the roundhouse. This is where locomotives were stored, prepared for their days’ work. Today, it is the hub of our locomotive restoration efforts, and still houses all six of our steam locomotives.
In its working life, the machine shop complex kept the railroad rolling. Every machine was powered by a stationary steam engine through an elaborate working of overhead belts and line shafts. In preservation, this intact facility is one of the few remaining sites in the country.
Line Shaft Days
Guided tours will feature demonstrations of the machine shop’s stationary steam engine, lineshafts and machinery on the following days:
- May 13th & 14th
- June 10th & 11th
- July 8th & 9th
- August 19th & 20th
- September 23rd & 24th
- October 7th & 8th
Adults (13+) | Shop Tour - $16
Child (2-12) | Shop Tour - $10
Note: Tours take visitors over uneven ground, and require crossing several train tracks. Closed-toed shoes are strongly recommended.
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