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EBT Restoration Work Continues to Progress

October 5, 2021

Officials of the historic East Broad Top narrow gauge tourist railroad in Pennsylvania said track repair and restoration of shop facilities continues at a rapid pace.

Track work has involved replacing thousands of crossties while the shops in Orbisonia have been stabilized.

EBT has purchased a standard-gauge tamper that it converted to narrow gauge use.

Excursion trains are currently operating over 2.5 miles of track between Orbisonia and Runk Road fill.

Work on the Orbisonia shops has included restoring line shafts in the main building and stopping the structure from sinking further into the ground.

Officials said the shops were built over a marsh and in some places structures had sunk as many as 3 feet.

Every building in the complex has been restored to a level footing.

On Sept. 16, EBT held a golden spike ceremony to mark the first time since 2011 that a train has operated to the Colgate Grove picnic area where trains have traditionally been turned.

EBT hopes to be able to resume regular excursions to Colgate Grove by late this year.

No date has been announced yet when steam operations will return to the EBT although shop forces continue to work to restore the railroad’s fleet of five steam engines.

The first steamer expected to return to operation will be 2-8-2 No. 16, which last steamed in 1956 and never operated during the tourist era.

EBT Receives Grant from Pittsburgh Foundation

May 8, 2021

The East Broad Top Foundation has received a $100,000 grant from the  Allegheny Foundation of Pittsburgh that will be used to support rehabilitation of the Colgate Picnic Grove

EBT locomotives have turned on a wye at the site since 1961. Part of the the wye was originally a line to a clay pit near Shirleysburg.

EBT said the grant will be used to make better use of Colgate Grove. They said such events as musical performances and food tastings are being considered.

A new platform will be built and plans are in the works for a new pavilion.

Officials also said the grant was unusual because the Allegheny Foundation concentrates its giving in southwestern Pennsylvania.

The EBT Foundation operates the historic East Broad Top narrow gauge tourist railroad, which will begin regular operations in June.