Foggy East Broad Top: Freight to Mt. Union. EBT Mikado #15 blows for the Enyart Road crossing as she takes a short freight north toward Mt. Union on a foggy fall morning. This image was shot perhaps a mile north of the EBT's Orbisonia Yard.
This demonstration freight was part of a day-long photo event offered by the EBT on the Friday of the 2011 Fall Spectacular. It was among the last photo freights that EBT ever ran. Until 1956, the railroad was primarily a coal-hauler, operating on roughly 33 miles of track. The line shut down as a common carrier in '56, but resumed operations in a limited capacity as a tourist hauler in 1960. Only 5 of the original 33 miles of ROW was maintained from then on, but the original railroad was never dismantled. Nearly all of the 3-foot gauge train is still in place today, although in many places, forests have grown up around it....and in some cases, you'll find stout trees growing up between the rails. Many original structures still exist along its routes, and even though EBT no longer operates, rail enthusiasts still make the journey to South Central PA, just to engage in a little railroad archaeology. In most sections of the country, an abandoned railroad like this would have been ripped up in a heartbeat, but like a few other gems, such as Nevada Northern, its remoteness has so far been its salvation.
A look at the one-time coal-hauler, which ran as a tourist railroad for decades and finally ceased operations in 2011. The album includes photos from an October 2010 charter as well as images from the very last Fall Spectacular in October of 2011.