EBT Receives $1.4M State Grant

The East Broad Top Foundation has received a $1.4 million economic development grant that will be used for several projects and to help retire a mortgage held by the railroad’s previous owner.

The grant was awarded by the Pennsylvania Office of the Budget with funding from the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program.

Among the projects the EBT will apply the funding toward are building a new events facility at Colgate Grove four miles north of Rockhill Furnace.

Also in the works are extension of the main line northward a mile to Shirleysburg, stabilizing buildings within the Rockhill Furnace machine shops complex, and stabilization of a coal tipple and chutes at the south end of the Rockhill Furnace yard.

EBT plans to replaced deteriorated crossties throughout the yard.

The historic narrow gauge railroad shut down commercial operations in 1956 but operated as a tourist railroad between 1960 and 2011.

The EBT foundation acquired the property earlier this year from the Joseph Kovalchick family and is restoring its locomotives, rolling stock and infrastructure.

Plans are to resume public scheduled service next May or June. Steam locomotives are projected to begin revenue service in 2021.

The EBT owns six Baldwin 2-8-2 steam locomotives.

EBT Foundation General Manager Brad Esposito said the priority of the projects work listed in the grant application is undetermined.

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