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


    National Historic Site Pennsylvania

"Glory Road" Exhibit

Eagle Eye - Engineer graphic from "Glory Road" exhibit

"Eagle Eye - Engineer"

"Glory Road" Exhibit Artist Al Pierce

"Glory Road: An Exhibit of Railroad-Themed Posters and Photo Illustrations"

American railroads and photography share a common bond. The histories of both can be traced back to the 1830s. The expression "glory road," a sentimental term for a railroad, is said to date back nearly as far, and is reported to have been used often by both railroad workers and passengers. "Glory Road: An Exhibit of Railroad-Themed Posters and Photo Illustrations" explores this historic bond with original poster designs and photo illustrations by graphic artist Al Pierce. The exhibit, supported by a Lackawanna County Arts and Cultures grant, will be featured at the park's Changing Exhibits Gallery from June 3 through July 6, and is included in the park's daily Entrance Fee. Visitors will also have an opportunity to "meet-and-greet" the artist at the exhibit on Sunday, June 9 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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...