RailPictures.Net Photo: N/A East Broad Top Hoppers at Mount Union, Pennsylvania by Mitch Goldman
 
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East Broad Top (more..)
Hoppers (more..)
EBT Mt Union Yard (more..)
Mount Union, Pennsylvania, USA (more..)
February 28, 2015
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N/A (more..)
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Mitch Goldman (more..)
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A Tree Grows in Mount Union

A tree makes its way to Heaven, piercing through the trucks and around the belly of a narrow gauge hopper car. The rusting car, one of over 200, has sat in East Broad Top's Mount Union yard since April 13, 1956 when the railroad shut down. The future of the hoppers, and the railroad itself, has been in jeopardy for years, unable in its ability to grow and flourish, yet perhaps the tree provides inspiration in its determination to rise above difficult circumstances. The current owner of the land (but not the hoppers), is the East Broad Top Preservation Association. They have plans to develop the Mount Union interchange yard into a linear park. The association has upgraded the dual gauge track seen in this photo and has since been renting it out for rail car storage. During 2014, the association also opened a railcar repair shop in Mount Union, Pa., that is repairing and washing cars. EBT Railcar LLC is located on the former Pennsylvania Railroad spur off the main line that once interchanged with the East Broad Top. Meanwhile, Joe Kovalchick, the owner of the freight cars, and the rest of the East Broad Top Railroad, notably the shops, station and roundhouse in Orbisonia, has had the property up for sale and is seeking someone, some group or an agency to purchase the railroad with the caveat that it be kept together. Thankfully offers to sell the property peicemeal have been refused with the exception of the hopper cars, which last I had heard, were available for roughly $7,500 each, not including transportation.

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