A $1.4 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grant was awarded today (December 23) to EBT Foundation, Inc. for East Broad Top Railroad Phase 1, according to Senators Jake Corman (R-34) and Judy Ward (R-82) and Rep. Rich Irvin (R-81).
The East Broad Top Railroad, a National Historic Landmark, is a 3-foot narrow gauge railroad headquartered in Rockhill Furnace.
The funding would retire a portion of the mortgage held by the previous owner and pay for several proposed preservation and construction projects, including a new events facility at the Colgate Grove picnic grounds, an extension of the tracks into Shirleysburg, and stabilization of two failing buildings in the historic machine-shops complex.
“The grant will help protect and preserve a part of our region’s history,” said Senator Corman. “It will also expand the recreational opportunities provided by East Broad Top Railroad, which will certainly benefit local residents and expand the community’s attractiveness for tourism.”
“The railroad played a key role in the transportation of coal from the region beginning in the late 1800s and is certainly a treasure worth preserving,” said Senator Ward. “I am pleased that the state is providing this support to the EBT Foundation toward these preservation efforts.”
“The success of EBT will be a great economic driver in Huntingdon County tourism,” Rep Irvin said. “I am pleased to be able to help contribute to their progress through the support of this redevelopment grant.”
RACP is administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects. RACP projects are authorized in the Redevelopment Assistance section of a Capital Budget Itemization Act, have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact, and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenues, or other measures of economic activity.