The Huntingdon and Broad Top Mountain Railroad

Huntingdon to Mount Dallas, PA

The Huntingdon & Broad Top Mountain Railroad was a standard-gauge line, unlike the narrow gauge East Broad Top Railroad (which ran about 15 miles further east). The H&BTM left the Pennsylvania Railroad in Huntingdon, and headed generally southwest through the mountains, parallel to one of the ridges, as far south as Mount Dallas, in the Bedford area.

The line was likely abandoned in the 1950s, except for the short segment in Huntingdon shown in the accompanying pictures. The remaining segment served a now-closed Warnaco plant just south of US 22, and was probably in service until the 1990s. Further south, the right-of-way is likely partially submerged under Raystown Lake on the Juniata River.

The H&BTM near US 22 in Huntingdon, PA, facing southwest.
The H&BTM near US 22 in Huntingdon, PA, facing southwest. Photo by Mike Palmer, May 2005.
This shows the H&BTM right-of-way at Fairground Road within Hunt...
This shows the H&BTM right-of-way at Fairground Road within Huntingdon, PA. Photo by Mike Palmer, May 2005.
The end of the rails for the H&BTM in Huntingdon, PA.
The end of the rails for the H&BTM in Huntingdon, PA. Photo by Mike Palmer, May 2005.

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Additional photos of the H&BTMRR are available at flickr:

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Audobon, PA

Abandoned 1954

Lance Myers

In review of web site I find great railroad history. I too have copy of volume I & II of Jon Baughman/Ron Morgan's history, A CD of all photos (everything auctioned), two lanterns (H&BTM etched), two lock boxes (original good condition), Tickets,locomotives photos/specifications, maps and envelops/paper/misc documents.

I am happy to see that the history is out for all to see and if you find any of the above will compliment you, contact.


Bill McClain
York, PA

Is it legal to walk along the right of way that remains intact?

Jacob Boslet
Altoona, PA

They are planning on turning the old H&BTM RR from Riddlesburg to Tatesville into a rail trail. As of now they have the section from Riddlesburg to Hopewell completed with a crushed limestone surface. In Hopewell the path of the trail turns right, onto Coopers Sawmill Road, and follows the dirt road along the Juniata River and past some hunting camps. That section of the trail ends at the old H&BTM RR bridge over the Juniata at Cypher. There's no deck or RR ties on the bridge anymore so it's not possible to cross it. About 10 years ago I walked on the section from Warriors Path State Park to Riddlesburg, it's basically just a dirt and cinder path in that section.

The rail trail's website

Altoona mirror story on the project

1902 map of the H&BTM RR from Riddlesburg to Cypher

Brian Clark
Hollidaysburg, PA

Jacob - Technically it is not legal to walk along an abandoned right-of-way, regardless of what condition it's in. Just like everything else, all abandoned railroads and abandoned railroad ROWs belong to someone, whether it be the railroad company that last operated over them, or local private landowners if the land reverted back to them according to the terms of the abandonment, or a local municipality if they acquired the land, or a company that may have acquired the land to convert the ROW into a rail-trail, etc.

Would you get caught if you just went for it? Maybe not. But it is technically trespassing, and it is always a good idea to seek permission from the owner (if you can determine who that is). Hope this helps!

Kevin M. Smith
Cicero, NY

i would like to know if anything has been done on this rail line being converted either back to nature or a rail to trail project being initiated.if anyone has any information on what is still there like rail or equipment please let me know.thank you.

george oakley
reading, PA