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


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July 23, 2014
Railfest 2014 Grand Marshal Announced at Steamtown NHS
Railfest 2014, an annual celebration of railroading past, present and future that is held on the Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend at Steamtown NHS, will take place on August 30 and 31.The park announced that Mrs. Donna Hagen, wife of late Superintendent Harold "Kip" Hagen, has been named Grand Marshal for this year's event!

June 09, 2014
New Exhibit, “Hollywood Rides the Rails,” at Steamtown NHS
“Hollywood Rides the Rails,” a new exhibit at Steamtown NHS, takes a look at some train-themed films and the stars that rode them. The exhibit is located in the park’s Changing Exhibits Gallery

June 04, 2014
Railfest 2014 at Steamtown NHS
Steamtown NHS announces plans to host Railfest 2014 at the park on Saturday and Sunday, August 30 and 31 of Labor Day weekend.

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.