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

    Steamtown

    National Historic Site Pennsylvania

Living History Programs

Living History programs are a different way of experiencing a National Park. These programs allow you to "step back in time" to a lost era and learn with someone from the past.

Steamtown offers four Living History Programs, including: a depression-era hobo, a World War II Military Policeman protecting the vital transportation network, a Mail Clerk serving on a Railway Post Office car, and a 1920s Yard Worker.

To learn about the Living History Programs that may be available during your visit, visit our Guided Tours page. Due to staffing and equipment availability, the Guided Tours page is updated on a monthly basis, with each month's schedule posted about a week before the start of the month.

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...