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


    National Historic Site Pennsylvania


Image of a 1902 Baltimore & Ohio Railroad timetable for a GAR special in the museum collection (STEA 3103)

Our museum collection consists of steam locomotives, railroad passenger coaches and freight rolling stock, objects and equipment related to railroad maintenance of way, objects and archival and photographic materials related to railroading, and archeological objects recovered from sites within the park. To view items that have been entered into the online database, click here!

For more information regarding the Steamtown NHS museum and archival collection, please email the Park Historian or phone (570) 340-5193 during regular business hours.


Did You Know?

USS Olympia

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.