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If a tree falls in the forest... | by Thiophene_Guy
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If a tree falls in the forest...

These images were taken during one of only two trips I made to Mount Union, PA. I went during the winter, when the trees and bushes are bare, affording the best view of these derelict cars. Approaching a string of WWII army boxcars, I found well-worn foot paths trodden in the leaf litter and followed them around the area.

 

The East Broadtop railroad served local coal mines, ceasing operation nearly 50 years ago when the mines closed. Much of the rolling stock was parked as usual along the route, then abandoned.

 

Background

I was inspired to seek out this section of the railroad by one of lostfate13's photos:

www.flickr.com/photos/35555684@N00/266562155/

 

A little internet research turned up this excellent guide to the EBT railroad throughout the region:

www.spikesys.com/EBT/ebt_guid.html

 

Lawrence Biemiller has a good map and brief history of the EBTRR:

www.iceandcoal.org/ebt/ebt.html

 

Portions of the original line in Orbisonia, PA have been rehabilitated and operate seasonally as a tourist attraction. Here's one place to start looking for more info:

www.spikesys.com/EBT/

 

The Friends of the East Broad Top railroad operates a restoration crew, and the webpage welcomes new enthusiasts:

www.febt.org/Restore/

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Taken on March 15, 2008