Christmas in Coal Country Volunteers Needed

NOTE: All volunteers are expected to follow Pennsylvania travel restrictions which can be found at


For up to the minute forecasts visit and enter the Rockhill zip code 17249.


There are local restaurants available for sit down and take out.


Iron Rail B&B 814-447-3984, Grandma’s Corner AirBnB 814-447-3346, Mill Stone Manor 814-643-0108, Huntingdon Motor Inn 814-643-1133, Comfort Inn 814-643-1600 ask for the FEBT rate, Fairfield Inn 814-643-7909, Downes Hotel 717-987-3116.


Due to the Covid 19 virus, FEBT and the East Broad Top Foundation would like all volunteers to provide their own PPE (face masks, gloves, sanitizer). FEBT will have some supplies at the Paint shop for those that need them.


EBTF will be running Christmas trains the weekends of December 4, 5, and December 11, 12. Friday trains will depart Orbisonia Station at 4 PM, 5 PM, 6 PM, and 7 PM. Saturday trains will depart Orbisonia Station at 1 PM, 2 PM, 3 PM, 5 PM, 6 PM, and 7 PM. Trains will consist of two covered flats, two converted boxcars, and both cabooses.

Operations will be similar to the 60th Anniversary event. Riders will unload at RTY, have a trolley ride, cookies and hot chocolate, view model trains in the Freight House, and visit Santa on the platform of the #20 car on Track #6 near Meadow Street.

EBTF is looking for eight car hosts and general helpers each day. Saturdays have been split into two signups, early and late. Car hosts please plan to be ready to go one hour before train time. There is no dress code, but do not dress as if attending a work session, and dress according to the weather. All evening car hosts should have with them a working flashlight. All volunteers will be required to wear a face mask during the event.

Ground Rules

You must be 18 and a member of the FEBT ( or join at the work site.) These are insurance requirements. We are guests of the railroad and need to behave accordingly.

Please click on the button below to view the online sign up sheet. Select each day you wish to help and click the submit button at the bottom of the page.


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