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

    Steamtown

    National Historic Site Pennsylvania

Walking Tours

a park ranger tells a small group of visitors about the different projects in the locomotive shop.  behind the group is a stripped down steam locomotive

Steamtown's walking tours allow visitors to get up close and personal with the workings of a steam railroad.  A Steamtown Park Ranger tells visitors about one of the many ongoing projects in the repair shop on a Locomotive Shop Tour.

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Steamtown National Historic Site offers various walking tours conducted by Park Rangers and Volunteers. These programs cover topics including "Railroad Yards: Then and Now," "Locomotive Shop Tour," and others.

To learn about the Walking Tour(s) that may be available during your visit, visit our Guided Tours page. Due to staffing and equipment availability, the Guided Tours page is updated on a monthly basis, with each month's schedule posted about a week before the start of the month.

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.