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


    National Historic Site Pennsylvania

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  • Steamtown National Historic Site

    I've Been Working on the Railroad

    In this engaging ranger-led program, students will learn about the people who kept the trains running – the engineer, the conductor, the brakeman, and more. They’ll tour several railroad cars and learn about the function of each one.

  • Steamtown National Historic Site

    There's a Mountain in the Way

    This program will introduce students to the natural processes which formed the Lackawanna Valley’s rich anthracite coal beds, and ask them to consider how those same processes created challenges for early industrialists to transport this natural resource to market. This hands-on program will offer students the opportunity to experiment with simple machines and understand their connection to transportation technology.

Did You Know?

The Wright Flyer flew 120 feet on its first flight.  The largest steam engine at Steamtown is 12 feet longer!

The first flight of the Wright Flyer was 120 feet. That is 12 feet less than the length of one of the steam locomotives at Steamtown National Historic Site. The Union Pacific 'Big Boy', built in 1941, is 132 feet, 9 3/4 inches long! More...