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.
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. Your tour guide will then give you an overview of the railroad’s history, setting up context for the buildings you will see and the stories you will hear over the next hour.
In its working life, the machine shop complex kept the railroad rolling. Skilled machinists repaired locomotives and rolling stock, they even fabricated a large portion of the EBT’s freight cars on site. 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 like it anywhere in the country.
Enhance Your Trip
Enjoy a 45-minute round-trip through the scenic Aughwick Valley over our recently restored mainline.
Enjoy a nostalgic tour aboard an antique electric streetcar past historic industrial ruins and steep mountain narrows alongside the picturesque Blacklog Creek at the Rockhill Trolley Museum.