Field Trip

Photo Field Trip to the East Broad Top Railroad National Historic Landmark

This Saturday October 17th

Leaving from the Camp Hill Giant Parking lot next to Arby’s at 8:00 am

Join us for a Fall field trip to East Broad Top Railroad this Saturday, October 17, 2015. The hosts are fantastic! We will have access to the round house with five intact steam engines and the machine shop with a ton of turn of the century artifacts. You could spend a week in there and not see everything. Plus, we can walk the grounds and shoot outside as long as you want. The fall colors should be near their peak this weekend.

A National Historic Landmark—the highest designation available in the United States—the East Broad Top Railroad and Coal Company is the country's oldest narrow gauge railroad. Opened in 1856, the line winds through 31 miles of beautiful mountain scenery and remains virtually intact – including track, steam locomotives, cars and facilities. Also nestled in the remarkably unchanged landscape are villages and towns which sprang up during the early years of operation.

The railroad suspended operations in 1956 and was purchased by the Kovalchick family, which kept it operational as a tourist line until 2012. Liability issues have kept the EBTRR from operating the engines, excursions and the rail line. The Kovalchick family is now considering auctioning or scrapping the site. The East Broad Top Preservation Association is currently working to acquire and preserve the railroad. The site is currently considered private property and it is against the law to loiter and photograph there wit
hout permission. A tour is the only legal way to photograph the landmark.

This is the first time the camera club will be going as a group to the East Broad Top RR. We are very fortunate to hook-up with other groups of photographers. The roundhouse and several shops will be opened by the caretaker of the property. The fee per person to get into the shops and for the caretakers time and travel is $20 cash per person. This will allow us access from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. We will be carpooling from our usual location; the Giant Grocery Store parking lot next to Arby’s and Route 15. The museum is a 90 minute drive from Camp Hill west on the turnpike exiting at Willow Hill then on to Obsonia/Rockhill PA. We will leave at 8:00 A.M. with an estimated arrival at the museum of 9:30. More details below:


1. Trip leader: Candy Delany. She will be driving a black BMW 318i

2. Although it is not mandatory, if you are planning to go it would be greatly appreciated to contact Candy, your trip leader, via email at Her cell phone # is 717-649-4326.

3. Access Fee to t20150825_9530__DSC6078-1920he shops $20.00 CASH ONLY.

4. Leaving from the Camp Hill Giant at 8:00 returning, probably after 7:00 p.m. Those members leaving from Carlisle will leave at 8:15 from the parking lot of the Carlisle Shopping Center (850 E. High St., Rt. 641) across from the Pizza Hut.

5. What will you be photographing? The workshop starts at 10:00 and meets at the roundhouse. We will have access to the roundhouse (six steam locomotives, a 1924 gas-electric unit), the main machine shop building, and probably the blacksmith’s shop. The interior buildings will close around 2 or so. Here is some more info:

6. Food: The station will not be open, but the adjoining Rockhill Trolley Museum will be (very useful, since they have public bathrooms - they also have some nifty trolleys to ride). I think they’ll also be selling lunch, or you can eat at the Pizza Star, in Orbisonia, or the Subway in the Sandy Ridge market at the north edge of town. The Trolley museum is having a special fall weekend event and will be operating their rail line that day. The Trolley Museum is a separate fee and is not affiliated with the EBTRR. The Trolley Museum website is:

7. What to bring: water, a fully charged battery, extra batteries, extra digital cards, comfortable shoes, a tripod, a macro lens for close-ups, possibly a flash for interiors to light dark areas or as fill flash and/or reflector to throw additional light in dark places, a medium lens and/or a wide angle lens will work well indoors and a longer lens and polarizing filter would be helpful outside, a ladder and cash for your workshop fee, lunch and toll and gas money for your driver.

Submitted by Andrew Hoff