The East Broad Top shop complex located in Rockhill Furnace, Pennsylvania is a national treasure due to it’s encapsulation of not only the original structures and facilities used to run a railroad, but also for keeping intact the machinery, locomotives and rolling stock that supported the transportation system. Unfortunately, the railroad has not operated for almost 5 years and admission to the shop complex facilities has been limited in recent years. So when Matthew Malkiewicz contacted me a few weeks back and asked if I wanted to be included in a small group that would have access to the roundhouse for an hour or so for photography, I immediately said yes!
On the morning of the event, I wanted to get to the complex at sunrise to walk the grounds undisturbed and watch the light reveal its photographic opportunities. Driving through the snow covered hills of central Pennsylvania in the beautiful predawn light was inspiring and my anticipation grew the closer I got to Rockhill Furnace. I arrived at the complex parking lot just before sunrise and was immediately greeted by Matthew who had the same idea that I did in taking the environment in before the group showed up. After we exchanged 5 minutes of small talk, we mutually agreed to use the light to our advantage and get to our creative work.