Steamtown NHS offers two Junior Ranger programs - one for children ages 6-8, the other for ages 9-12 - that may enhance your visit! The programs are designed to be completed using Park resources during a site visit. Programs are available at the Visitor Center at no charge.
Also, our Children's Discovery Center, is open on most weekend days, and features "hands-on" child-friendly learning arm .
NRHS has suspended the 2013 season of RailCamp.
Each summer, Steamtown NHS partners with the National Railway Historical Society to present RailCamp at the Park. This one-week summer program for high school students introduces them to modern railroading, historic preservation and operations, and interpretation of railroad history, and will hopefully be offered in 2014. Click to learn more about RailCamp or phone the NRHS at 813-632-2183.
Did You Know?
Many railroads, particularly Eastern roads, used anthracite coal for locomotive fuel during the early steam era. During World War I, the US Navy and the Allied Forces used anthracite coal to power the steam boilers of warships such as Admiral Dewey's USS Olympia, which is berthed at the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia. Burning anthracite resulted in low-smoke emissions from steamship boilers and gave the Allies a strategic opportunity to close-in on the enemy in a battle. With anthracite coal diverted to the war effort, locomotive builders adapted to using bituminous coal in their future designs.