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

    Steamtown

    National Historic Site Pennsylvania

Tobacco Policy

Use of all tobacco products (including smokeless tobacco) is not permitted in any building, locomotive or railroad car at Steamtown, nor is tobacco use permitted in the Turntable Area within the Park's museum complex.

Please do not litter. Dispose of all cigarette butts properly. Picking up cigarette butts is a significant maintenance cost at all National Parks.

Did You Know?

USS Olympia

Many railroads, particularly Eastern roads, used anthracite coal for locomotive fuel during the early steam era. During World War I, the US Navy and the Allied Forces used anthracite coal to power the steam boilers of warships such as Admiral Dewey's USS Olympia, which is berthed at the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia. Burning anthracite resulted in low-smoke emissions from steamship boilers and gave the Allies a strategic opportunity to close-in on the enemy in a battle. With anthracite coal diverted to the war effort, locomotive builders adapted to using bituminous coal in their future designs.