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


    National Historic Site Pennsylvania

Living History Program: World War II MP

World War II army tanks sit on flat cars covered by tarps in this 1940s photo.

Loads like these tanks on flatcars meant that Military Police were a fixture in many railroad yards during World War II.  Learn about what it was like to guard a railroad yard during the war on this Living History Program.

Library of Congress, FSA

Step back in time to the Second World War and join a Military Police Sergeant for a look at the close relationship between the military and the American Railroads.

Tour begins at the red sign "Living History Begins Here" next to the Big Boy locomotive on the North side of the Parking Lot. Included in the Park Entrance Fee.

Possible weather warning. This is an outdoor program.

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...