East Broad Top & Rockhill Trolley Museum Tour

On Friday morning at 8:00 we will board an executive coach for our 1.5 hour trip to Rockhill Furnace. During the 5.5 hour visit at Rockhill Furnace you will tour the East Broad Top Shop Facilities, ride a historic trolley, tour the trolley restoration shops and have lunch onsite.

East Broad Top Shops

The East Broad Top (EBT) is a National Historic Landmark. The East Broad Top Railroad and Coal Company is the country’s oldest surviving narrow gauge railroad. Chartered in 1856 and opened in 1873, the line remains virtually intact – including track, steam locomotives, cars and facilities.

The EBT is a virtual time machine documenting the industrial progress of the U.S. during the golden era of steam power, and has been described by the Smithsonian as “the best preserved example of a 1900- era industrial site anywhere in the country” You will be guided through the various shops, roundhouse, and facilities by guides well versed in the history of the railroad. One of your guides will be our division’s Lee Rainey, considered by many to be the leading authority on the EBT. His book on the railroad is a “must have” for the EBT enthusiast.

Currently the railroad is not operating any equipment or offering rides, but active restoration and preservation work continues on site under the auspices of the Friends of the East Broad Top, Inc. Your visit will include a behind-the-scenes tour of the restoration shop.

Rockhill Trolley Museum

At the Rockhill Trolley Museum you will ride on one of the many historical trolleys from the museum’s collection. The collection includes several operational trolleys, including an open car, high-speed interurban cars, fascinating maintenance-of-way cars, and two PCC Cars. Plus you’ll see more cars being restored in the shops by talented volunteers. Your guides will include experienced trolley operators and restoration crew.

Upon completion of the tour we will board the bus for our return trip planning to arrive at the hotel at approximately 4:30 pm.

For more information contact Dan Horting at tours@mer2017.org.