• 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?

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.