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


    National Historic Site Pennsylvania

Virtual Tour

Virtual Tour

Take a virtual tour of Steamtown NHS by clicking on the links below. Each takes you to a page featuring a 360-degree rotating photograph of a Steamtown location.

To rotate the picture, position your cursor on the photograph and left-click. Hold the left button down and move the mouse to rotate the photograph. You may also use the Shift key to zoom in and the Control key to zoom out.

The virtual tour requires QuickTime Multimedia Player. Download it free here.

(Note: The virtual tour is not compatible with Netscape 6.)

Steamtown offers many programs, walking tours, train rides and excursions. However, the tours cannot possibly show everything happening at the park. This virtual tour shows How a Steam Locomotive Tire is Changed (click to view MS Powerpoint (1,553k) or Adobe Acrobat (838k)). Other virtual tours will be added in the future.

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...