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

    Steamtown

    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?

A steam locomotive exits a tunnel and rolls past fall colors on one of Steamtown's long train rides.

Railroads are built with as few hills and curves as possible. If a railroad cannot go over or around a hill, a tunnel is constructed through the hill. Some of Steamtown National Historic Site's train rides travel through the Nay Aug Tunnel in Scranton, Pennsylvania. More...