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

    Steamtown

    National Historic Site Pennsylvania

Steamtown's Operating Locomotives

Steamtown NHS is not currently operating mainline steam locomotives. We are in the process of a major maintenance and rebuild of our locomotive power fleet. We are currently focusing our attention on our 1929 Baldwin Locomotive Works #26, an 0-6-0 switcher. BLW #26 will be the motive power for our "Scranton Limited" short train rides. This locomotive may also see duty as motive power for an occasional special excursion on a portion of the former Delaware & Hudson Railroad mainline to Carbondale.

The next steam locomotive to return to service is expected to be our Boston and Maine #3713, a Lima-built 4-6-2 Pacific-type Superpower locomotive with oversized firebox and superheaters that are able to pull and heat a 14-car passenger train at track speed! This 1934 American-built locomotive is in our collection and being restored in partnership with the Lackawanna and Wyoming Valley Railway Historical Society. When completed, the locomotive will replace our Canadian National #3254 2-8-2 Mikado-type locomotive for mainline excursion power.

Following completion of these projects, we plan next to repair and restore our 1923 Canadian Pacific #2317, a 4-6-2 Pacific-type heavy passenger locomotive, to operating condition. CP #2317 will be used for motive power on our mainline excursions.

We continue to be diligent and proactive in our efforts to secure the resources necessary to restore these historic locomotives to operating condition, and to allow the Park to continue its unique mission of providing "live steam" interpretive programs well into the future. Follow the progress via our website or, better yet, plan a visit to our Locomotive Shops!

 
Baldwin Locomotive Works 26 is a small (90 ton) switching locomtove with a graphite smokebox (front end) and a sloped tender at the back.  It was photographed in the railroad yard with steam blowing out from its left front cylinder.

Baldwin Locomotive Works #26 was built in 1929 and is used at Steamtown for short train rides in the railroad yard.

NPS Photo

Baldwin Locomotive Works #26

Owners: Baldwin Locomotive Works, #26; Jackson Iron & Steel Company, #3

Builder: Baldwin Locomotive Works, 1929

Status: Undergoing a major rebuild in the Steamtown Locomotive Shop. It can be seen on a Locomotive Shop Tour.

Click here to learn more about this locomotive.

 
Canadian Pacific 2317 - black with yellow details and a gray front - pulls green passenger cars past trees in the background and gravel in the foreground.

Canadian Pacific #2317 pulls a passenger train around a curve in the Pocono Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Canadian Pacific #2317

Owners: Canadian Pacific Railway, #2317

Builder: Montreal Locomotive Works, June, 1923

Status: Currently stored out-of-service, this locomotive will undergo it's mandatory 1,472-day inspection and repairs at some future date.

Click here to learn more about this locomotive.

 
Candian National 3254 rolls out of Nay Aug tunnel pulling a dark green passenger car. 

Canadian National #3254 rolls out of Nay Aug tunnel in Scranton, PA.  We pass through this short tunnel during our long train rides from Scranton to Moscow, Tobyhanna and Gouldsboro.

Canadian National #3254

Owners: Canadian Government Railways, #2854; Canadian National Railways, #3254

Builder: Canadian Locomotive Company, Kingston Works Ontario, Canada, 1917

Status: Currently out of service for 1,472 day FRA (Federal Railroad Administration) mandated inspection

Click here to learn more about this locomotive.

 
Nickel Plate 514, a diesel-electric locomotive built in 1958, prepares to pull a train out of Scranton.  The locomotive is black with yellow stripes.

Nickel Plate #514 is an historic diesel-electric locomotive used on some excursions and short train rides inside the railroad yard.

New York, Chicago & St. Louis Railroad (the Nickel Plate Road) #514

Owners: New York, Chicago & St. Louis Railroad #514; Norfolk & Western Railway #2514; Norfolk Southern #2514

Builder: Electro-Motive Division, General Motors Corporation, La Grange, IL, 1958

Status: Currently in-service, this locomotive will operate with the "Scranton Limited" short train rides in the Steamtown yards.

Click here to learn more about this locomotive.

 
The bare boiler of a steam locomotive sits on tracks embedded in concrete outside the Locomotive Shop.  Two workers on the left plan the ongoing work on this engine.

Boston & Maine #3713, a fast passenger locomotive built in 1934, is currently being restored to operating condition at Steamtown.

Boston & Maine Railroad #3713

Owners: Boston & Maine Railroad

Builder: Lima Locomotive Works, 1934

Status: Undergoing a major rebuild in the Steamtown Locomotive Shop. It may be seen on a Locomotive Shop Tour.

Click here to learn more about this locomotive.

 
DLW 664 departing Steamtown platform

DL&W-painted 664 & 663, built for the Bangor & Aroostook Railroad (BAR), depart the Steamtown Boarding Platform.  The locomotives are owned by two historical groups and are on temporary loan to the NPS.

Lackawanna Railroad-painted #663

Owners: Tri-State Railway Historical Society, Inc. (nee Bangor & Aroostook #506)

Builder: General Motors Electro-Motive Division Model F3, 1948

Lackawanna Railroad-painted #664

Owners: Anthracite Railroads Historical Society, Inc. (nee Bangor & Aroostook #504)

Builder: General Motors Electro-Motive Division Model F3, 1948

These diesel locomotives are visiting the park and operating the park's 2013 excursions. The locomotives are on temporary loan to the National Park Service for display and traveling interpretive operations.

Did You Know?

A cup of water expands to 1,600 times its volume when boiled, changing from a liquid to a gas!

When boiled, a cup of water creates about 1,600 cups of steam! When the resulting steam is contained in a vessel such as a steam locomotive boiler, it can create up to 300 pounds per square inch of pressure. Learn more about steam locomotives at Steamtown National Historic Site! More...