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

    Allegheny Portage Railroad

    National Historic Site Pennsylvania

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    Please be aware that part of the public area loop has been closed until further notice as the park starts preparatory efforts for this summer's paving project on the Picnic Area Road.

Engine House 6 Exhibit Shelter

Engine House Six Exhibit Shelter sits at the top of the incline reproduction track

Engine House 6 at the top of Incline 6

NPS

Hours
Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

Days Open
7 days per week
all year
Closed Federal winter holidays: Thanksgiving Day, December 25, January 1, Martin Luther King Jr. Day (3rd Monday in January), Presidents Day (3rd Monday in February)

Directions
You walk to the Engine House 6 Exhibit Shelter from the park visitor center either by following the boardwalk or the old Gallitzin Road. There is NO PARKING at the Engine House or Lemon House. The main parking is at the park visitor center. Additional parking is available at the park picnic area. Picnic area parking requires a one half mile hike on trails through the woods to get to the historical area.

Tours
Self guided tours let visitors linger as long as they wish. There are panels to read and a 'hand on' discovery room.

What to Expect
Over half of the exhibit shelter contains a reproduction of the machinery that would be in Engine House 6. This includes a stationary engine (NOT a locomotive) as well as the gears, brakes, and assorted levers that kept the tow rope in motion. The building itself is the same general shape as the original engine house but built larger to protect the original foundations. Those foundation pieces can be seen through the metal grating that serves as flooring in the exhibit shelter.

History Of The Engine House
The displays will detail the parts and workings of the building. Visit the History & Culture section of this web site for more stories and information about the Portage Railroad and the Engine Houses.

Did You Know?

Wire Rope

John A. Roebling of Brooklyn Bridge fame got his business start with the Allegheny Portage Railroad. His wire rope was used on each of the 10 inclines. It also was used for suspension aquaducts on the Mainline Canal.