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

    Steamtown

    National Historic Site Pennsylvania

Handcar Experience

Three children ride on a yellow pump car with a man wearing period overalls and hat.

This pump car (also called a hand car or section car) was used by section gangs to maintain track during the steam era.  You can ride on this car at Steamtown.

NPS Photo, Ken Ganz

Get a feel for track work in the old days on a hand powered work car from the early 1900s. These 'hand' or 'pump' cars allowed track workers to get to inspect or maintain their assigned portions of railroad's right-of-way.

Program takes place in the Turntable Plaza, just beyond the Visitor Center. Included in the Park Entrance Fee.

Weather-permitting; this is an outdoor program.

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