East Broad Top

Poised for a long-anticipated rebirth, this 84-page special issue from Trains Magazine examines the history, locomotives, rolling stock, and miraculous comeback of the beloved narrow-gauge line.


In this Issue

Preservation’s latest impossible dream come true

A note from the editor

Pennsylvania’s Narrow Gauge Survivor

A 1941 Trains article profiles the EBT 15 years before it ended common-carrier operations

A Half Century of Tourist Trains

EBT has been a star of the preservation era

Restarting a Legend

How the EBT was reawakened in 2020

Mikados, Motor Cars, and Diesels

The power that keeps EBT moving

Backstage Wonderland

EBT’s Rockhill Furnace shop complex is a complete early 20th-century industrial facility

Map: Treasure in the Mountains

150 years of EBT’s main line and branches

Coaches and Combines, Hoppers and Dolly Vardens

An all-time round-up of EBT rolling stock

You Gotta Have Friends

EBT’s volunteer support group marks 20 solid years of
restoration work

Photo Gallery

Images from EBT’s common-carrier and tourist eras

Treasures in the Attic

Thousands of records, some from the road’s earliest days, bring new dimensions to EBT history

EBT’s Electric Neighbor

Rockhill Trolley Museum cars have plied the steam road’s Shade Gap Branch for nearly 60 years

Big Plans for the Narrow Gauge

The Foundation and Friends look ahead to a bright future for a national treasure

The East Broad Top is the most comprehensive and up-to-date look at the rebirth of a legend. Get the behind the scenes information on this last major narrow gauge railroad in Eastern United States. Retrace the history, visit its shop complex at Orbisonia, Pa., and learn about the efforts it takes to bring a railroad back to life .