History, Maps, and Photos of the East Broad Top Railroad's Parent Company

In the mid-1990's I created a webpage with this title hosted by Comcast.  A few years ago, I suddenly discovered my URL was "dot gone."

No one at Comcast could satisfactorily explain what happened, nor was Comcast technical support helpful in finding a way to re-establish the link to hundreds of image and html files on the server that I had been using.  So, I purchased my own domain and am now in the process of recreating those pages .

Future Addition

Source of the First American Iron Rails

An Essay by Patrick Stakem, NRHS

Dedicated to Sharing Information on the History & Modeling
of America's Coal, Iron & Steel, and Railroad Transportation Industries


Reader contributions welcome.

Early Western Maryland Coal Shortline

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The "essentials" on how iron was made in the Nineteenth Century

Preserving the heritage of "The Standard Railroad of the World" for future generations

Welcome to Vagel Keller's Industrial Heritage Homepage

Button Links to Some of My Favorite Railroad History and Preservation Websites

The 501.c.3 non-profit historical society dedicated to preserving and restoring the East Broad Top Railroad National Historic Landmark.

Illustrated Historical Essays About Selected Industrial & Transportation Heritage Sites in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Interstate Commerce Commission Valuation Maps in .pdf format scanned from the collection of Friends of the East Broad Top. These maps include updates made during the 1930s to originals prepared ca. 1917 and reflect the narrow gauge mainline and branches at that time.

Last Updated:  April 26, 2018

Home-built Locomotives for the Cumberland & Pennsylvania RR

An Essay by Patrick Stakem


Photo essays on Transportation & Industrial Historical Sites maintained by the U.S. Park Service and the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission

Vagel Keller


Images & historical narrative about  Pennsylvania's last narrow gauge steam railroad to operate on its original line.