For links to webpages and articles focusing on coal-hauling railroads in Pennsylvania and western Maryland ...
This site contains scans of antique postcards of scenes on the Pennsylvania Railroad that are now either gone or have changed with time.
For links to Illustrated Historical Essays About Industrial & Transportation Heritage Sites in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania & Western Maryland ...
Planned links to modeling and realistically operating model railroads connected to the coal, iron, and steel industries.
A webpage with photographs and illustrated essays on this National Historic Landmark
Articles by railroad historian Patrick Stakem about early railroads in western Maryland
LInks to preservation associations and online research resources.
The East Broad Top Railroad is a three-foot gauge line that hauled freight and passengers in south-central Pennsylvania's Huntingdon County from 1874 through 1956 and operated as a steam tourist railroad from 1960 through 2011. Tourist operations resumed in 2021 under new ownership, the non-profit EBT Foundation, Inc. Friends of the EBT, Inc. (FEBT) continues its volunteer preservation and restoration work in the shops complex at Rockhill, PA and elsewhere in cooperation with EBTF.
The entire 32-mile mainline is mostly intact, and includes a 4-arch reinforced concrete bridge, a 268-ft long deck truss & girder bridge, and two tunnels. The original EBT is connected to the Norfolk Southern Railroad system via the intact dual-gauge yard in Mt. Union, PA, where a dual-gauge engine house still stands. However, since the ealrly 2000's the northern section of the line has been controlled by the nonprofit EBT Preservation Association. In 2020 the nonprofit EBT Foundation purchased the remaining railroad right of way, including the historic Rockhill Shops complex. At the south end of the line, in Robertsdale, PA, the FEBT owns the former EBT station and the former post office building, which houses the Friends' museum & library. Restoration of the former EBT station is on-going, and a mile of track southward is open for hand car and track speeder rides in season.
The East Broad Top webpage contains links to illustrated histories and touring guides on branchlines and industries served by the EBT. It also has links to photographic essays on EBT locomotives and equipment.
The Georges Creek RR was a short-lived line in antebellum western Maryland. Completed in 1853 from Westernport to Lonaconing (upper, left on the map), it came too late to save the financially troubled iron furnace at Lonaconing, In 1863, as coal production soared during the Civil War, it was absorbed into the Cumberland & Pennsyvlania RR, a shortline connecting the coal fields west and south of Cumberland, MD with the Baltimore & Ohio RR and C&O Canal.
The operating hub of the C&Pa was at Mt. Savage (upper, right on the map). Most notably, the C&Pa's facilities at Mt. Savage included a complete locomotive erecting shop, which produced locomotives for both the C&Pa and other customers in its early years.
Historian Patrick Stakem has written two short, but very informative and well-researched, articles on the Georges Creek and the C&Pa's Mount Savage shops. Both are available as PDF files, below.
Chris Coleman's unofficial East Broad Top RR Homepage is the "Go-To" site for all things EBT: historical locomotive and rolling stock rosters, visitor guides, E-mail discussion lists, and publications about plans for the EBT's future are all here.
This article, by Historian Patrick Stakem, outlines the history of the Iron Works in western Maryland where the first iron rails to be manufactured in America were manufactured.