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

    Steamtown

    National Historic Site Pennsylvania

Life in a Caboose Program

A child steps from a bright red Rutland Railroad wooden caboose on display in the Techhology Museum.

Find out what life was like inside a caboose on this 30-minute walking tour.

NPS Photo

Until the early 1980s, the red (or brown, yellow, blue, green, etc.) caboose captured the imagination of children of all ages. Using a caboose from the Rutland Railroad, visitors can find out how and why the caboose was used, and what life was like inside this small car at the end of a train.

Included in the Park Entrance Fee.

Note: This is an interpretive tour program, and does not include a caboose ride.

Did You Know?

A cup of water expands to 1,600 times its volume when boiled, changing from a liquid to a gas!

When boiled, a cup of water creates about 1,600 cups of steam! When the resulting steam is contained in a vessel such as a steam locomotive boiler, it can create up to 300 pounds per square inch of pressure. Learn more about steam locomotives at Steamtown National Historic Site! More...