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


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April 08, 2014
Steamtown National Historic Site Announces “Entrance Fee-Free Weekend” to Launch National Park Week 2014
Entrance Fee-Free Weekend, "Scranton Limited" train rides, National Junior Ranger Day and a special children's activity are all part of National Park Week 2014 at Steamtown NHS! Go Wild!

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...