• 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 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...