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Date: 02/01/24 08:28
EBT Continuing Track Restoration Work
Author: pt199

 Restoration of track of Pennsylvania narrow gauge tourist railroad East Broad Top south of Orbisonia will continue this year.
A report posted on the website of Railfan & Railroad magazine said the East Broad Top Foundation wants to restore operations toward Saltilo.
That segment of the EBT has not had train service since 1956 when the original EBT shut down.

EBT trains currently operate over five miles of track between Orbisonia and Colgate Grove.
Operating to Saltillo would give the EBT 15 miles of operational track. The original EBT was 70 miles in length.

Officials at the EBT have not offered a time frame for when the track would be reopened south of Orbisonia, saying it hinges upon funding and how quickly workers can clear brush and repair the track.
Work has begun between Orbisonia and Pogue to the south. From the akronrrblog 
 



Date: 02/01/24 14:08
Re: EBT Continuing Track Restoration Work
Author: Lackawanna484

It looks like the old right of way crosses Aughwick Creek. So new bridges will probably be needed.

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Date: 02/01/24 14:09
Re: EBT Continuing Track Restoration Work
Author: MaryMcPherson

Looking forward to seeing this all first-hand this fall.

Mary McPherson
Dongola, IL
Diverging Clear Productions



Date: 02/01/24 14:21
Re: EBT Continuing Track Restoration Work
Author: MH2198

pt199 Wrote:
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> Officials at the EBT have not offered a time frame
> for when the track would be reopened south of
> Orbisonia, saying it hinges upon funding and how
> quickly workers can clear brush and repair the
> track.
> Work has begun between Orbisonia and Pogue to the
> south. From the akronrrblog 

The best way to go about things: under promise and over deliver.



Date: 02/01/24 16:48
Re: EBT Continuing Track Restoration Work
Author: co614

This is certainly THE railroad restoration project of the decade at least. Anyone who can should consider joing the Friends of the East Broad Top ( www.febt.org ) organization so as to be part of this exciting journey. When a  31 miles is back in service, the 1900 era steam powered machine shop complex at Rockhill is fully operational and all 6 steamers are back in service it will draw visitors from around the nation and deservedly so. 

       Onward & upward. Ross Rowland 



Date: 02/02/24 03:19
Re: EBT Continuing Track Restoration Work
Author: bigsavage

1. Pogue bridge awaits redecking and pier/abutment rehab.
2. Looking north from current end of track
3. The M1 has backed down to current end of track, tie/rail work extends from here to PA 475, roadbed/ROW clearing to Pogue.
10/2023 pics by me



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Date: 02/02/24 05:35
Re: EBT Continuing Track Restoration Work
Author: march_hare

I'm drooling over the prospect of a photography charter on that portion of the line. 



Date: 02/02/24 07:31
Re: EBT Continuing Track Restoration Work
Author: Pork

The track is back in to the PA475 crossing.  Ballast has been dumped and needs tamped and regulated.  This summer the talk is the crossing at PA 475 being done so work can continue to Jordan Summit.



Date: 02/03/24 05:00
Re: EBT Continuing Track Restoration Work
Author: agent1522

Some pictures of clearing the right of way taken in April of last year. The first two are near the Southern Huntingdon County School District High School/Middle School in Three Springs, PA.  The third is near Braddock Road, I believe.



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Date: 02/03/24 10:45
Re: EBT Continuing Track Restoration Work
Author: rbenko

It is amazing - hope to be part of a track gang in September when I'm up in that region (yes, I'm an official 'friend').  Amazing work has been done over the past couple of years - can't wait to get my hands dirty and help out!!



Date: 02/04/24 07:06
Re: EBT Continuing Track Restoration Work
Author: ns1000

My wife and I were in that area maybe a year ago or so. Unfortunately, I didn't have my camera with me (just my smartphone).

Exciting times for sure....

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