• Photo of Lemon House, Level #6, and Engine House on a beautiful summer day.

    Allegheny Portage Railroad

    National Historic Site Pennsylvania

Accessibility

For People with Mobility Impairments:

  • The following visitor facilities are fully accessible to wheelchair users: visitor center; outdoor amphitheater; first floor, staff floor and basement Lemon House; Engine House Six Exhibit Shelter; park’s picnic area (near Cresson exit).
  • Accessible restrooms are located in the visitor center; the basement of the Lemon House; the picnic area, and the Staple Bend Tunnel Unit (accessible pit toilet).
  • Accessible drinking fountains (for children and wheelchair users) are located at the visitor center, Lemon House, and the picnic area.
  • A wheelchair is available for loan at the visitor center, free of charge. In good weather, an electric scooter may also available (safety brief required). With advance notice, a 5 seat golf cart may be available to assist mobility impaired visitors to more easily visit the Lemon House and Engine House 6 Exhibit Shelter. There is also a working elevator at the Lemon House available to wheelchair users.
  • The following trails and walkways are paved: Several paved trails near the picnic area; the park’s recycled plastic lumber boardwalk meets gradient standards and has bench seats.
  • The Staple Bend Tunnel trail (4 mile round trip) of crushed limestone dust meets gradient standards for wheelchair users.

For People with Hearing Impairments:

  • There are no accommodations for hearing impaired visitors, including at the outdoor amphitheater events, unless prior arrangements have been made with the park.
  • The park film is captioned, with captions visible during every film showing.

For People with Sight Impairments:

  • There are a few tactile exhibits at the Lemon House.
  • Lemon House reproduction furnishings and tools for ranger programs are used to enhance experiences for visually impaired visitors.
  • There is one audio exhibit at the Engine House Six Exhibit Shelter.

Did You Know?

Railroad track attached to a 'sleeper'

When the Portage Railroad opened on March 18, 1834, it was a single track line. The rule was when 2 drivers met the one who had passed the center post had the right to go on. The other driver had to back up. Some sat nose to nose until a magistrate determined who got to the center first.