Chasing the East Broad Top Railroad Jul 6, 2018 5:58:53 GMT -5 wildecoupe, wks, and 1 more like this
Post by TK Dave on Jul 6, 2018 5:58:53 GMT -5
I've been wanting to see this railroad for ages, end to end. I used an EBT timetable as a guide.
I started out in Alvan, PA, which was nothing more than the southern end of the line and mining area. From my research, as far as I can tell, there was never much of a community there, but it is listed on Google, so it must have been incorporated at one time or another. There were both strip mines and deep mines in the area, so I thought I might end up seeing some interesting stuff. I had it marked on my GPS and hit the road. After a 2 1/2 hour drive, I was literally 1 1/2 miles from where Google has Alvan marked, and I ran into this sign at the entrance to the mining roads.
OK, so I'll contact the Lone Star Hunting Club and ask permission to take some photos next time. Onward.
I skipped right by Woodvale (unknowingly) and ended up in Robertsdale. Someone must be getting ready to dig for something; the rails are marked flamingo pink.
The Robertsdale Depot.
The Robertsdale Post Office
Not sure what this building is, but it's of similar construction of the depot and post office.
There wasn't much to see in Cooks, so I moved on. I spent considerable time looking for the next stops, Rocky Ridge, Coles, Kimmel and Fairview. The ROW was ever present on my route, so I know I wasn't far off of these stops. I did not find them, so I'll do deeper research before the next trip.
Next stop, a well manicured little town, Satillo.
Years of rushing waters washed the center support from under this girder bridge.
The ROW was mowed throughout the town.
It was getting late, having spent so much time looking for previous stops, so I cruised right past Three Springs and Pogue heading right to Orbisonia.
This would have been the end of my trip, but I did have to go through Mt. Union to get home, so a quick stop there was in order.
This engine house contains EBT #6, which I understand has been there since the railroad ceased operations. Beyond the overgrown brush is the yard.
The clump of trees in the background is the yard. This string of Conrail hoppers are sitting just north of the yard on standard gauge tracks.
Just across from the line that the hoppers are resting on is the former Kenmar Hotel. If it's walls could talk!
This veterinary hospital sits on the spot of the Mt. Union station, once served by both the EBT and PRR. The PRR main line is in the background on the stone viaduct.