Railcamp 2008 at Steamtown NHS
SCRANTON, PA – On July 6 through July 12, the National Railway Historical Society (NRHS), in cooperation with the National Park Service at Steamtown National Historic Site, will conduct RailCamp 2008. This highly successful program began in 1998 as a pilot project to create a forum where students in the ninth through twelfth grades learn about the fascinating world of railroading and share ideas and interests with peers from other areas of the United States.
Arriving from local communities, as well as other more distant locations throughout the country, students selected for participation in this year’s program will receive an introduction to the principles of historic preservation, gain first-hand experience in railroad operations and explore a variety of transportation career opportunities.
Each year, counselors recruited from the ranks of the NRHS – an organization founded in 1935 and consisting of more than 17,000 members in 174 chapters throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom – join National Park Service Rangers and local volunteers to make RailCamp a fulfilling and rewarding experience. Throughout this weeklong program, they are available 24-hours a day to serve as instructors and mentors for the visiting students.
Students or organizations wishing to obtain registration information for RailCamp 2009 may contact any local chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, or obtain an online application at the Rail Campwebsite, www.railcamp.com.
Located in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Steamtown is open daily from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. From I-81, follow exit 185 (Central Scranton Expressway); then, follow the signs to the main entrance at Lackawanna and Cliff Avenues. Additional details regarding interpretive and educational programs and activities may be obtained by calling (570) 340-5200 or toll free (888) 693-9391 during regular business hours, or by visiting the Steamtown web site at www.nps.govstea anytime!
Did You Know?
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.