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.
Duration – One Hour
Stop #1 – The Freight Office
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.
Stop #2 – The Roundhouse
The heart of any steam-powered railroad is the roundhouse. This building is the oldest railroad constructed facility on property, with portions of it dating back to 1874. As the railroad expanded, the roundhouse grew in size. The roundhouse is where locomotives were stored, prepared for their days’ work, and where minor maintenance and inspections were performed. Today, it is the hub of our locomotive restoration efforts, and still houses all six of our steam locomotives, among several other antique pieces of equipment.
Stop #3 – The Machine Shop
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.