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Railroad, trolley museum to host Christmas event

Children of all ages can bundle up and enjoy train and trolley rides — along with cookies and hot chocolate — when Santa Claus visits the East Broad Top Railroad and the Rockhill Trolley Museum in December.

The “Christmas in Coal Country” event will take place on Dec. 4, 5, 11 and 12, rain, snow or sunshine, according to Lawrence Biemiller, communications manager for the East Broad Top Railroad.

The EBT Railroad is a National Historic Landmark and is the only original narrow-gauge railroad to survive east of the Rocky Mountains.

Tickets include train and trolley rides, hot chocolate and a cookie, and a chance to say “Hi” to Santa and visit the model railroad. Tickets — on sale now — are only being sold online at

https://eastbroadtop.com/christmas-event2020.html.

Caboose tickets are $225 for up to eight people. The caboose is heated with a coal stove and makes an outing for a family or a group of friends.

Open-car seats go on sale Friday and are $25 for adults, $20 for children ages 2 through 12. Friday trains will run at 4, 5, 6 and 7 p.m., while Saturday trains will run at 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7 p.m.

“The railroad’s station and its train will be beautifully decorated for the Christmas season, as will the trolleys and the trolley museum — across Meadow Street from the EBT station,” he said.

The EBT’s red-and-green M-7 diesel will pull the train on a 4-mile round trip over newly refurbished track, then deliver passengers to the trolley museum for a trolley ride out to the Blacklog Narrows. Afterward, passengers can warm up with hot chocolate and a cookie, tour a model railroad and visit with Santa — at a safe distance.

The railroad and the trolley museum will limit the number of riders on each train and trolley car, and surfaces will be wiped down between runs. Visitors’ temperatures will be checked when they arrive, and everyone is asked to bring a mask for situations where social distancing is difficult, such as on the trolley cars and in the gift shop.

Wheelchairs can be accommodated in one of the EBT open cars and on one of the trolleys, but the historic cabooses are not accessible.

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