Photographs & History

Photographs and History

The Mt Union Interchange

Mt Union Pennsylvania was the location of interchange between the Pennsylvania Railroad and narrow gauge coal hauler, the East Broad Top Railroad. The 3' gauge EBT ran as a common carrier until 1956, interchanging freight with the PRR in a elaborate facility located on the South East edge of town, where coal and other goods were transferred from the narrow gauge equipment to standard gauge cars. Today deep in the woods between East Shirley Street and Logging Road 44018 lays the remains of interchange facilities, still full of lines of former EBT hopper cars and boxcars rotting away amongst intricate dual gauge trackage that allowed both the EBT and PRR to navigate the facility.

Interchange lead and abandoned hopper cars.

Interchange lead and abandoned hopper cars.

View from a company home on Small St looking North West toward the dual gauge interchange lead and S. Pennsylvania Ave.

View from a company home on Small St looking North West toward the dual gauge interchange lead and S. Pennsylvania Ave.

Delmar Hotel and East Pennsylvania Ave.

Delmar Hotel and East Pennsylvania Ave.

From Franklin St, the Railroad continues West toward the Juniata River and its physical connection to the Former PRR Middle Division. Along the line on East Pennsylvania Ave and Small Street are structures typical of old company housing and local amenities in this rural Pennsylvania town.

Mt Union is truly a treasure for the historian, and speaks of many little towns that made the fabric of our industrial culture. Mt Union and many other towns like it, still provide the clues of a different time for anybody who takes the time to explore the sleepy streets off the beaten path.