• An engineer inspects the running gear of a steam locomotive at Steamtown NHS


    National Historic Site Pennsylvania

For Kids

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.

Unable to visit our park? Challenge yourself to "Explore, Learn and Protect" our National Parks by becoming a WebRanger online. This site also features a "Railroad Connections" component that kids of all ages may enjoy!

Also, our Children's Discovery Center, is open on most weekend days, and features "hands-on" child-friendly learning arm .

high school students wearing white hardhats discuss railroad equipment with one of steamtown's mechanics.
RailCamp participants learn how to inspect a freight car from W. Sturdevant, one of Steamtown's Preservation Specialists.
NPS Photo
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?

This small steam locomotive has six wheels and has a water tank above the boiler.  It is called a 'saddle-tank' engine.

This E. J. Lavino & Company locomotive was originally owned by the Poland Springs Railroad, part of the Poland Springs water company of Maine. See this, and more than 20 other steam locomotives, at Steamtown National Historic Site. More...