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


    National Historic Site Pennsylvania

Steamtown's Locomotives and Cars

Steam locomotive pulls a flatcar and caboose.

The Delaware, Lackawanna & Western caboose #889 is part of the park's historical collection and is also used for some programs, such as the Caboose Experience train ride.

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Steamtown's collection of steam locomotives, diesel-electric locomotives, passenger cars, freight cars and maintenance-of-way equipment is almost all on display (though it has not all been restored). Here, you may find information about the historic pieces in the Steamtown collection. (Most of the information is in Adobe PDF format)

Passenger Cars:

Freight Cars:


The National Park Service also published a Special History Study of the locomotives at Steamtown NHS. The publication, "Steam Over Scranton: The Locomotive of Steamtown," was written by Gordon Chappell and published in 1991. While some of the equipment in that 1991 study is no longer in the Steamtown NHS collection (deaccessioned to other museums), you may find the data related to your research.
NOTE: The publication is out-of-print, and hard (print) copies are not available.

Maintenance of Way:

Did You Know?

The Wright Flyer flew 120 feet on its first flight.  The largest steam engine at Steamtown is 12 feet longer!

The first flight of the Wright Flyer was 120 feet. That is 12 feet less than the length of one of the steam locomotives at Steamtown National Historic Site. The Union Pacific 'Big Boy', built in 1941, is 132 feet, 9 3/4 inches long! More...