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

    Steamtown

    National Historic Site Pennsylvania

News

A yellow handcar in operation with 3 visitors aboard.

Handcars were also known as "pump" cars for the physical action needed to operate this equipment. The handcar was primarily used by railroad Maintenance of Way personnel to transport men or equipment to a work site.

News Releases and Newsletters

News or Press Releases offer information about upcoming scheduled and special events, new exhibits or displays or other park highlights. Click on News Releases for these documents and, because our releases always appear online first, on that page you can register for our RSS feed to keep in-the-know!

We're in the process of revamping our semi-annual newsletter that highlights Park events. Click on Park Newspaper to see archived back issues.

As part of our commitment to the NPS "Call to Action," our blueprint for the future of our parks, we've "Gone Green" and no longer offer print copies of our newsletters - but you may download a printer friendly copy (OR! Save a tree, read it online and forward the page link to a friend!!)

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