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!
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.