East Broad Top Railroad

East Broad Top Railroad

Chartered in 1856, the East Broad Top Railroad began operating in 1873 through scenic Huntingdon County in south-central Pennsylvania.

Author: Kenneth C. Springirth

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 0738557544

Category: History

Page: 128

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Chartered in 1856, the East Broad Top Railroad began operating in 1873 through scenic Huntingdon County in south-central Pennsylvania. This well-managed narrow-gauge railroad connected the isolated Broad Top Mountain coal field with the Pennsylvania Railroad at Mount Union. With a decline in the hauling of coal, service ended in 1956. Nick Kovalchick, president of the Kovalchick Salvage Company of Indiana, Pennsylvania, purchased the railroad and reopened a portion of it as a tourist line in 1960. Through vintage photographs, East Broad Top Railroad showcases the steam locomotives, rolling stock, and railroad yard at Rockhill Furnace, which is the most historic railroad yard in North America.
Categories: History

Study of Alternatives

Study of Alternatives

Author: United States. National Park Service

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015019859480

Category: East Broad Top Railroad

Page: 157

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East Broad Top Railroad

East Broad Top Railroad

The East Broad Top Railroad, a narrow gauge railway, is a unique piece of Americana and railroading.

Author: John Van Horn

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 1537079999

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Page: 112

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The East Broad Top Railroad, a narrow gauge railway, is a unique piece of Americana and railroading. Located in south central Pennsylvania, it is a time capsule of structures and machinery from a past era. My good college friend and fellow photographer W. Craig Angle introduced me to the railroad in 1970. This study deals only with the two largest facilities on the EBT. The Mount Union yard was where coal was unloaded from the railroad, processed and reloaded onto standard gauge railroad cars. Rockhill Furnace, also often referred to as Orbisonia (the neighboring town), with its rail yard, railroad shops and roundhouse is considered an exceptionally well preserved early twentieth century industrial complex. This photographic study is just that -- a study, not a historical document, or a then and now essay, but what caught my eye, as a photographer, and as a railfan, what I found most visually interesting.
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Full Steam Ahead

Full Steam Ahead

Author: EBT Partnership

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:34299800

Category: Historic sites

Page: 28

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Categories: Historic sites

The Shops of the East Broad Top Railroad

The Shops of the East Broad Top Railroad

The decision to document these discoveries started small, and eventually snowballed into this book. This is by no means a "final chapter" on the documentation of the East Broad Top Railroad and its historic world.

Author: Thomas Diehl

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 1461016126

Category: History

Page: 64

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Starting in 1906, the East Broad Top Railroad upgraded their shops facility, not to the state of the art, but to proven shop practices of the time, to achieve self sufficiency. The shops performed their function daily until 1956 when the railroad ceased operations. The shops were never upgraded during this period because they worked well, and the railroad made a living but was never profitable enough to spend the money on upgrades. In 1960, a portion of the railroad was opened as a tourist operation and the shops saw limited use. During this time, members of the Friends of the East Broad Top periodically cleaned and oiled these antique machines. In 1989, the National Park Service (NPS) performed an in-depth survey of the entire railroad, under the Historic American Building Survey/ Historic American Engineering Record (HABS/HAER) program, including the shops. Since this survey laid an excellent foundation for this volume, several drawings and photographs are reproduced in this book, with permission. Since 2001, volunteer work crews from the FEBT have been actively restoring the buildings and equipment at the railroad's headquarters of Rockhill Furnace, PA. While working with these crews on the shops, several of us discovered things about the operations and methods of the day-to-day operations of this historic shops. Some of the machines were brought back into operation with individual electric motors, and have been used in the repair and fabrication of parts for other restoration projects. These century-plus old machines are still capable today of doing what they were designed and built to do. This book is different in that there is more of a focus on what was done in the shops, how it was done, and why it was done that way. Sort of a nuts-and-bolts view of operations that were common a century ago. Information was gleaned and gathered from many sources, in addition to the NPS survey, such as the original catalogues of the machine manufacturers. Photos, diagrams, and floor plans, in conjunction with the text, bring the shops to life, and give us a look into the past as to how our grandfathers and great-grandfathers earned a living and built this country. The decision to document these discoveries started small, and eventually snowballed into this book. This is by no means a "final chapter" on the documentation of the East Broad Top Railroad and its historic world. As this builds on the NPS survey, I hope that other authors will build on this text, continuing the story of the East Broad Top.
Categories: History

Study of Alternatives

Study of Alternatives

East Broad Top Railroad National Historic Landmark : Draft United States. National Park Service. APPENDIX B : SUMMARY CHRONOLOGY EAST BROAD TOP RAILROAD ca. 1786 Bedford Furnace built . ca. 1800 First Broad Top Mountain coal marketed ...

Author: United States. National Park Service

Publisher:

ISBN: IND:30000056934817

Category: Historic sites

Page: 157

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Categories: Historic sites

An Illustrated History of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Civil Political and Military

An Illustrated History of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania  Civil  Political and Military

ORBISONIA , on the Black Log creek and East Broad Top railroad , was incorporated November 23 , 1855. The borough limits include the site of old Bedford furnace . Winchester and Rock Hill furnaces were located on the creek , a short ...

Author: William Henry Egle

Publisher:

ISBN: UIUC:30112049416859

Category: Pennsylvania

Page: 1174

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Categories: Pennsylvania

History of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

History of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

ORBISONIA , on the Black Log creek and East Broad Top railroad , was incorporated November 23 , 1855. The borough limits include the site of old Bedford furnace . Winchester and Rock Hill furnaces were located on the creek , a short ...

Author: William Henry Egle

Publisher:

ISBN: PSU:000020579456

Category: Pennsylvania

Page: 1204

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Railroads Across North America

Railroads Across North America

EAST BROAD TOP RAILROAD The East Broad Top was completed in 1874 to carry coal from remote mines of south-central Pennsylvania to a connection with the Pennsylvania Railroad at Mt. Union. Its narrow gauge locomotives lugged hopper cars ...

Author: Claude Wiatrowski

Publisher: Voyageur Press

ISBN: 9781610601368

Category: Transportation

Page: 256

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From the first steam-powered locomotives of the early nineteenth century to the high-speed commuter trains of today, the American railroad has been a great engine powering the nations growth and industry. This book celebrates the glory and grandeur of that legacy with a lavish tour of the history of the American railroad and the culture surrounding it. Generously illustrated with vintage photographs, modern images, maps, timetables, tickets, brochures, and all manner of memorabilia, this volume offers a fascinating look at the rail industrys beginnings and development, as well as its place in American history. From the might of the major rail companies and their empires to the romance of rail travel, this is the full and fabulously colorful story of the industry that moved a nation--and stirs our imaginations to this day.
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Huntingdon County Pennsylvania

Huntingdon County  Pennsylvania

Coal and Coke The Broad Top coal region , which extends into Bedford and Fulton counties , includes parts of ... Success was finally achieved in 1874 when the owners of Rockhill Furnace completed the East Broad Top Railroad ( EBT ) ...

Author: Nancy S. Shedd

Publisher:

ISBN: MINN:31951D00834007J

Category: Engineering

Page: 197

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Categories: Engineering

Public Timetable

Public Timetable

Author: East Broad Top Railroad and Coal Company

Publisher: S.l. : East Broad Top Railroad and Coal Company

ISBN: OCLC:1007301652

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Great Railroad Museums of the USA

Great Railroad Museums of the USA

The Great Museums Rolling Stock 9 53 1 Passenger Freight Nonrevenue The East Broad Top Railroad has long been operat- ed through an agreement between the forprofit corporation that actually owns the equipment and land, and a volunteer ...

Author: Jan Young

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9781300755555

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Colorful East Broad Top

Colorful East Broad Top

It is the last of its breed east of the Rockies and the oldest narrow gauge railroad in the nation.

Author: Mallory Hope Ferrell

Publisher: Heimburger House Publishing Company

ISBN: 0911581243

Category: Transportation

Page: 88

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It is the last of its breed east of the Rockies and the oldest narrow gauge railroad in the nation. Built in the early 1870s, the East Broad Top hauled iron, coal, ore, minerals and passengers for over 83 years. The three-foot-gauge trackage twisted along a picturesque 32-mile route connecting Mount Union, Orbisonia and Robertsdale in remote and beautiful south-central Pennsylvania. The "Eastie" earned its keep until the end of regular operations in the autumn of 1956. With the closing of the last Rockhill Coal Company mine, the EBT quietly closed its doors. It had outlived hundreds of its slim gauge counterparts across the country. The EBT connected isolated communities with the mighty Pennsylvania Railroad in Mount Union. It was here that the "narrow railroad" interchanged with the "Standard Railroad of the World," using unique three-rail trackage and its own engines equipped with dual couplers. When the EBT stopped hauling coal in the late 50s, it was not torn up. While waiting for scrap prices to rise, owner Nick Kovalchick and his family became interested in preserving the line. A group of Orbisonia citizens, who wanted to celebrate the settlement's bicentennial, approached the Kovalchick Salvage Company in 1960 about the possibility of reopening a portion of the line. EBT's Operating Vice President C. Roy Wilburn was still on the payroll and, after much hard work and hard cash, the EBT reopened on August 13, 1960 for tourist service over a short section of trackage that ran north out of Orbisonia. Now, the rest is history. The EBT is unique and colorful in many ways. No where else can steam locomotives be found operating over original tracks with their three-way stub switches positioned by Harp switchstands. The Orbisonia shop complex, built after the 1882 fire, is one of the most outstanding examples of steam-powered, beltdriven machinery in America. Along the old line, the rails and bridges are still in place, tunnels wait in empty silence, cars are scattered about the Mount Union yards, and a standard gauge switcher still waits in the old, two-stall enginehouse for the restoration of the entire railroad. The EBT stands today as it did yesterday, unique in the field of historic, authentic narrow gauge railroading in the East.
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