News Wire: East Broad Top still needs a savior

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Posted by Brian Schmidt on Monday, August 26, 2019 1:42 PM

ORBISONIA, Pa. — The track is still there. The buildings are still there. The trim Mikados and hopper cars original to the coal-hauling railroad are still there. The one thing missing at the fabled East Broad Top, the Pennsylvania narrow gauge ...

Brian Schmidt, Associate Editor Trains Magazine

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Posted by Lithonia Operator on Thursday, October 31, 2019 9:31 PM

If I were to travel there, would I be able to go on the property? Or, if not, see much from public roads?

Are all the locomotives positioned indoors currently?

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Posted by MidlandMike on Thursday, October 31, 2019 10:16 PM

A public road crosses the yard between the station and the roundhouse.  There is also a trolley museum next to it.

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Posted by Overmod on Thursday, October 31, 2019 10:46 PM

Lithonia Operator
If I were to travel there, would I be able to go on the property? Or, if not, see much from public roads?

When I was there (on business related to the Rockhill museum) it was possible to walk around much of the complex 'in town': it was not fenced.  I'm not going to advocate that you bring your hiking shoes, GPS and a map ... but there is little that would stop you unless you (mis)behave in some obvious fashion.

I didn't investigate things like the yard that has all the old cars in it, but unless the current operation has put up security fencing I think you can get to it reasonably easily.

Where the locomotives are, and what their present condition is, I don't know.  But I'd ask that question over on RyPN where a detailed answer is more likely.

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Friday, November 1, 2019 10:04 AM

The last I heard was the locomotives are on the property but secured under cover in the roundhouse.  Goes without saying if the roundhouse is locked up don't try to get in there, although I'm sure no-one will mind if you do some window-gazing.  

And if there's a member of the "Friends Of..." organization on site with a key then so much the better!

I've found situations like this is where a head full of grey hair comes in handy.  When you hit a certain age most folks assume you're mature and respectable and not there for nefarious purposes!

Or something.

Although it is just a little depressing now that I don't get "proofed" in the liquor store anymore.   Crying

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