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

    Steamtown

    National Historic Site Pennsylvania

Living History at Steamtown NHS

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Date: September 6, 2008

Scranton, PA – Railroads impacted everyone’s life in the years when steam powered locomotives were king, and no more so than in Northeastern Pennsylvania. On Saturday, September 27, and Sunday, September 28, Steamtown National Historic Site, downtown Scranton, will host a Living History Weekend. Three historical characters will come alive to interpret their work, family and social lives around railroads in the 1930s. The country was in the midst of The Great Depression, and work was scarce. Some men rode the rails, working seasonal jobs around the country. Others were lucky enough to find work with the federal government, such as the former U.S. Post Office Department. Still others worked in railroad yards servicing the steam locomotives. Stories like these will unfold on Living History Weekend.

 

The Living History programs will be offered throughout the day by Steamtown NHS Park Rangers. The Interpretive Staff Park Rangers researched histories and archival materials to develop the characters they will portray, and will be attired in appropriate period clothing. Each tour lasts from 30 to 45 minutes, and will complement the train rides and other tours offered at the Park.

 

Located in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Steamtown NHS is open daily from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The Park is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. From I-81, follow exit 185 (Central Scranton Expressway) to Lackawanna Avenue, and follow the signs to the park entrance at Lackawanna and Cliff Avenues. Additional details regarding interpretive and educational programs and activities may be obtained by calling (570) 340-5200, toll free (888) 693-9391, during business hours, or by visiting the Steamtown web site at www.nps.gov/stea anytime!

 

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Did You Know?

A ring of flame envelopes a steam locomotive drive wheel as a tire is heated so it can be placed on the wheel.

Though made of steel, the tires on a steam locomotive wear out. A new tire is cut slightly too small and then it is heated until it expands. After workers slide it onto the wheel, the tire shrinks as it cools and is locked into place. Learn more about steam locomotive maintenance at Steamtown NHS. More...