Special Event


2023 Railfest: A Celebration Industrial Heritage

Steamtown National Historic Site



Location: LAT/LONG: 41.000000, -76.000000

Event will be held at both Steamtown National Historic Site and the Scranton Iron Furnaces

Dates & Times


Saturday, June 17, 2023


10:00 AM


6 hours

Type of Event

Cultural/Craft Demonstration
Partner Program


Celebrate the area’s industrial heritage with the return of Steamtown National Historic Site’s Railfest and Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum’s Arts on Fire on Saturday, June 17, 2023.  Both sites are excited to be collaborating to provide an interactive experience showcasing our community’s history. In addition to free admission, there will be no cost for Steamtown’s short train rides. A complimentary shuttle service will be available throughout the day to transport visitors between Steamtown NHS and the Scranton Iron Furnaces.

Steamtown’s Railfest event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Programming will be offered throughout the day, including our short train rides, the Scranton Limited yard shuttle and the Caboose Hop experience, cab tours of the Union Pacific 4012 and Canadian Pacific 2317, tours of Mattes St. Tower, demonstrations within the locomotive shop, “Ring of Fire” demonstrations, and a Junior Ranger scavenger hunt activity. Several community partners will be in attendance as well.

Anthracite Heritage Museum’s Arts on Fire will take place at the Scranton Iron Furnaces from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event kicks off at 11 a.m. with a ceremonial lighting of the furnace and will feature arts demonstrations, food trucks, live music, and the return of Hot Metal to the furnaces.  Artist and sculpture professor Brian Glaze will fire up his cupola furnace and melt iron.  Scratch blocks will be available for your artistic expressions in cast iron.

Stay informed by visiting www.nps.gov/stea or @SteamtownNHS on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Learn about the Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum by visiting www.anthracitemuseum.org or @AnthraciteHeritageMuseum on Facebook and @AnthraciteMuse on Twitter.

Reservation or Registration: No

Contact Information

Megan Stevens

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