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

    Steamtown

    National Historic Site Pennsylvania

Your Safety

Two children unsafely climb on an historic freight car, with a circle and slash laid over the picture.  Please to not climb.

Not all of the cars and locomotives in the Steamtown collection have been stabilized. Please do not climb on any of the railroad equipment.

NPS Photo

For your personal safety, please remember:

  • Trains are large and can move at any time. Assume that ALL tracks are active and that a train can be on it at any time.
  • The railroad tracks present a tripping hazard, whether they are above ground or embedded in concrete, wood, or macadam.
  • Dress for the weather. The passenger cars used for train rides are not air conditioned. They can be very hot (or cold) depending on the weather.
  • Not all of the cars and locomotives in the Steamtown collection have been stabilized. Please do not climb on any of the railroad equipment; the cabs to some locomotives in the museum complex are open.
  • Steam locomotives sometimes release live steam from the cylinders under the front of the locomotive. This live steam can be hazardous.
  • Steamtown National Historic Site is an active industrial heritage site. Please supervise your children at all times.
  • Cinders from operating steam locomotives can cause eye irritation. If you get a cinder in your eye, do NOT rub it; blink repeatedly, and the tears should wash the cinder out. If not, contact a Park Ranger or Volunteer for assistance.
  • Individuals with breathing difficulties need to be aware that steam and smoke are part of the steam railroading experience and may create breathing difficulties.
  • Other hazards may present themselves. Please exercise caution at all times during your visit.

EXPECT TRAINS AND LOCOMOTIVES TO MOVE
AT ANY TIME IN ANY DIRECTION ON ANY TRACK!

We hope you safely enjoy your visit to Steamtown NHS.

Did You Know?

Drawing of mechanical engineer Elijay McCoy, creator of the 'real McCoy' automatic lubricator.

Elijah J. McCoy, a brilliant African-American mechanical engineer, invented an automatic lubricator cup (or drip cup) for steam locomotives and other machines. It worked so well that inspectors, when checking in a new piece of machinery, would ask, "Is it the real McCoy?" More...