In General
Getting Here


In General

Location / Name:
Mt Union PA, Huntingdon County

What's Here:
the EBT Connecting RR
former (and current) EBT Engine House
Remains of the EBT Yard
Probably the newest dual gauge railroad grade crossing in the United States
The NS Harrisburg-Pittsburgh main comes through

GPS Coordinates: 40.383084, -77.878801 (at the engine house)
ZIP: 17066
Phone A/C: 814

Access by train/transit:

The Scoop:

Mt Union is the northern end of what used to be, at one time, the end of a great narrow gauge shortline railroad stretching from Mt Union to Robertsdale PA.  Remembering that the East Broad Top was "abandoned in place", and not "torn up", the whole railroad is still in place even though it was shut down (we don't like to use the word "abandoned") over 50 years ago.  The shops are still in place in Orbisonia, or more correctly, Rockhill Furnace, while most facilities still exist in Robertsdale, the railroad's other terminus about 33 miles south.  Between Mt Union and Robertsdale, the railroad still exists in one form or another, although many locals have taken over the right-of-way, a legal gray area.

Mt Union still has it's interchange with the Pennsy, ooooops, I mean, Norfolk Southern, and they are using the yard area adjacent to the interchange for a storage area of current hopper cars.

Just south of the downtown Mt Union area remains the northern engine house, and it is still dual gauged.

Websites and other additional information sources of interest for the area:

Getting Here

US22 from the east and west on the north side.
US522 from the south (as far as Maryland), and to the NE of Mt Union.
What's left of the EBT in Orbisonia/Rockhill Furnace is about 10 miles to the south.



  The EBTCrr Engine House


  Dual Gauge Grade Crossing

  The EBT uses 100lb rail, while the crossing was put in with 132lb rail.

  The EBT Yard (or what's left of it)

  I'm guessin taken with a drone :-)

  The former PRR Freight Station

At Washington St.


  Intermediate Signals

Slightly east of the bridge, really hard to get to for pictures.....


  NS Mainline over Mt Union

  NS Mainline over the Juniata River

  Looking south


  The PRR station up on the mainline, back around 1902.

A small collection of postcards, mostly found on EBay......






Historical USGS Maps

Courtesy of the University of Texas Library, click here for their index page.


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