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


    National Historic Site Pennsylvania


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, including upcoming scheduled and special events, as well as, when necessary, cancellation notices, are available here. Click on News Releases for these documents.

Steamtown produces a semi-annual newsletter that highlights events at the Park. Click on Park Newspaper to see the most current issue, as well as 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!!

WWII reenactors engage with Steamtown visitors

WWII reenactors engage with Steamtown visitors

"Troops and Trains" Event

May 24-25, 2014

Visit Steamtown National Historic Site on Saturday, May 24 or Sunday, May 25 for an event titled, "Troops and Trains."

Among the planned exhibits for this two-day event are

- recreation of a WWII Troop Train and an encampment
- historic military vehicles and equipment displays
- reenactors dressed in period military uniforms and civilian dress, and
- "Troops and Trains" Living History programs throughout both days

At this point, we are hoping to have The Dietrich Radio Players performing a live 1940's radio broadcast in our theater. For more information, phone or email Park Ranger Kenny Ganz at 570-340-5240.

Did You Know?

A fireman moves coal forward in the coal bunker of a steam locomotive to make the coal easier to use.

A large hard-working steam locomotive can use up to 6 tons of coal in about an hour. The fireman (the one who shovels the coal) might shovel 200 pounds of coal a minute! This is why railroads helped design mechanical stokers. Learn more about railroad jobs at Steamtown NHS in Scranton, PA. More...