Last Website Update: July 13th., 2004

Please Note: This website is not officially associated with the East Broad Top RR & Coal Company. The Website author, James Vliet, is solely responsible for the accuracy of its contents. Any comments, suggestions or corrections should be emailed to James Vliet

Welcome to my information webpage about the East Broad Top Railroad. This is my on-line repository of information about the East Broad Top RR, including photos, drawings, and other items. I plan to constantly revise and grow this web site, so check back often!

The East Broad Top Railroad is the last surviving original narrow-gauge railroad in the Eastern United States. It was built in 1872-74 to connect the rich coal fields of Broad Top Mountain to the Pennsylvania RR main line. It continued to haul coal until it shut down in 1956. However, instead of being scrapped as so many other rail lines were, it was bought by Kovalchick Salvage Co. and kept intact. In 1960, tourist rides began on a five-mile stretch of the original 33 mile main line. Although the rest of the line is inoperative and overgrown with trees, and time has taken its toll of many of the wooden structures, the East Broad Top RR remains essentially intact, with its original steam locomotives and much of its rolling stock still in place.

Today, you can visit the East Broad Top Railroad and on summer weekends ride the train, or look around the yard and buildings.

HABS/HAER Drawings

My Photographs of the East Broad Top Railroad

Standard-gauge freight cars on the East Broad Top Railroad

Modeling the East Broad Top Railroad

My 3D CAD model of the Timber Transfer crane

Please visit these East Broad Top Railroad web sites:

The East Broad Top Railroad

Friends of the East Broad Top

Chris Coleman's East Broad Top Railroad Homepage

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