Monday, June 19, 2017

Visit to East Broad Top

The East Broad Top Railroad is a fascinating place to visit, even if it isn't running any more.  I won't try to explain its history; most of you are familiar with it, and if you're not, you can find better information on line than I could easily provide.  But here are some recent photos.  The night watchman is a friend of mine, so I was able to wander around at will, although I didn't get into any of the buildings where the jewels of the collection are stored. 

So we start at the iconic depot:

Across the street is the roundhouse:

I believe the Friends are responsible for anything that has been recently repainted or restored:

Now we head north along the main line.  The Runk Road bridge:

Most of the line looks like this.  Parts of the track are uncovered, but most of it is buried in vegetation.

 The Aughwick Creek bridge:

The main line goes right through the Old Baptist Cemetery:

Finally, we get to the dual-gauge yard at Mount Union.  A large number of narrow-gauge hoppers have been stored here since 1954.   Trees almost a foot in diameter have grown up between them.  What used to be a railroad yard is now a rather spooky forest.  It's a great place to visit!

Finally, the Mt. Union engine house for the standard gauge switchers.  I believe one of them is still inside.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The East Broad Top was a common carrier until 1955. The last narrow gauge in the eastern United States.

The National Park Service should have preserved that line; not the boring Lackawanna one in
Scranton. Imagine it took them 5 years to do a single 1472 day inspection on a small
Pullman Locomotive. How about restoring the Park's Lackawanna #565? she is a 2-6-0 on her
home; not all those Canadian locomotives.

Ted Miles, Member CRRM