Last fall, I attended Steamtown National Historic Site’s annual Railfest. The highlight of the event was a night photo session that included scenes at the Sand Tower, Mattes Street Tower and the Roundhouse. I arrived in time for the night session Saturday night and then stayed over to see the event Sunday. Special events included demonstrations in the machine shop, tours of the Office and Stores Building, and of course train rides pulled by Baldwin Locomotive Works #26.
The East Broad Top Railroad Machine Shop is one of those places that you enter and instantly go back in time. It looks as if the workers left yesterday even though yesterday was April 14th, 1956. With the railroad not operating, tours are rare, but if you have the chance to go, take advantage of the opportunity. You won’t regret it.