Events

Roundhouse Tours

Step back in time to explore the Age of Steam Roundhouse with one of our knowledgeable interpreters. Take in the sights, sounds, and smells of this authentic 20th century Roundhouse. Learn the fundamentals of steam locomotives, experience the storied past of the railroad, and connect with American industrial heritage.

Roundhouse tours are offered April through November 18th on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM, and 2:00 PM.

Tickets for our 2023 Roundhouse Tour Season are on sale now!

*Note: Tickets are limited and may be purchased online or at the ticket counter.  Only online purchases are guaranteed for the selected day and time.

Available Dates

18 April 2024
18 April 2024
18 April 2024
19 April 2024
19 April 2024
19 April 2024
20 April 2024
20 April 2024
20 April 2024
25 April 2024
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Winter Speaker Series

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Date: March 28th, 2024

Time: 6-7:30pm

Location: Roundhouse Visitor’s Center

Presenter: Christopher Schulte

Topic: Rail: Early History, Modern Design, Manufacturing, and Application

Short Bio:

In 1974, Christopher Schulte began his railroad career as a track laborer in eastern Pennsylvania. By 1976, he joined Conrail, advancing to track foreman positions. He moved to SEPTA in 1978. He started as a track foreman and became a general track supervisor in 1983. In 1985, Chris assumed the role of SEPTA’s maintenance-of-way technical training instructor.

In 1991, Chris worked for the Delaware Department of Transportation as manager of rail operations. His journey with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) commenced in 1994 when he took on the role of a track safety inspector in the New England region. During this time, Chris dedicated two years to overseeing the safety aspects of the Northeast Corridor Electrification Project connecting New Haven, Connecticut, to Boston, Massachusetts. His contributions to this project earned him the prestigious FRA Inspector of the Year Award.

FRA promoted Chris to Safety Specialist at their Washington, DC Headquarters in 1998. He managed regulations, compliance manuals, and light rail transit shared use waivers. In 2006, Chris returned to Philadelphia, where he managed FRA’s Region 2 track inspection program until retiring in 2018.

Chris learned about rail history by working on transit, commuter, freight, and high-speed track. In retirement, he still studies his many books about building railways.

Presentation Title:

Rail: Early History, Modern Design, Manufacturing, and Application

Outline:

Early History

This section reviews the early types of rails from wood beams to iron strap rails. Railroads changed from iron straps to different types of cast iron rails to prevent accidents.

Modern Design

Enjoy an explanation of the function of the various parts of the “T” rail. Also, learn about how the shape of the rails aligns with the various rail “section designs.” Besides the “T” section, learn about other rails such as crane, girder, and contact rails.

Manufacturing

Manufacturers make railroad rail to keep railways safe and strong. Discover how they make and transform steel into rails. Learn about the encoded information on the “brand” and “stamp” side of the rail web. Hear about the various pedigrees of rails, from heat-treated to alloy rails. Find out about the mysterious reason for the standard 39-foot-long rail.

Applications

See how the mechanics of bolted rail differ from continuous welded strands. Also, we will explore the various types of rail joints and their uses. Finally, enjoy a review of the various methods that extend rail life.

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The Age of Steam Roundhouse Museum’s unique Yard Tours allow guests to view many of the pieces of railroad equipment in the museum collection that are normally not accessible to our standard, walking tours. Along with this prospect, guests on our Yard Tours can look forward to viewing the equipment from within a moving passenger car. For the yard portion of the tour, a diesel locomotive will transport guests around in one of our historic passenger cars, with a guide on board to explain the history of the equipment outside. The second portion of the tour the consist will be positioned on the museum’s turntable so guests can disembark and be led along the radial tracks around the turntable. The radial tracks house many of the museum’s diesel locomotives along with other select pieces of equipment. We invite you to participate in this unique experience at the Age of Steam Roundhouse Museum and hope to see you on the tour!
 

*Note: This tour involves a portion that is outdoors and some walking on crushed stone. Please plan accordingly.

 Tickets are limited and may be purchased only online prior to the event.

Available Dates

11 May 2024

Steam to Victory 2024

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Commemorating the Role Played by American Railroads in Achieving Allied Victory in World War II

The Age of Steam Roundhouse Museum will host our annual Steam to Victory on Friday, June 14th, and Saturday, June 15th, 2024; Father’s Day weekend.  

Combining the might and power of the second World War with the display of American military and steam, visitors will see how the two worked together through the war.

Visitors to the event will be treated to static railroad displays, artillery and small arms demonstrations, World War II military vehicles, living history reenactors, and militaria and food vendors. Short train rides on the museum grounds will be offered to guests as well as tours of the roundhouse to see our steam locomotives that aren’t being displayed outside at the event. Tickets include tours and gate admission.

Tickets for the event can be also purchased at the gate.

Hours

Friday:        9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday:   9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Gates open at 8:30 a.m.

 

General Admission – $20

Child Admission (3-16) – $15

Veteran and Active-Duty – $10

Children Under 3 – Free

Train Rides—Addt.l $5/ ride (cash only)

14 June 2024
15 June 2024
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Ferroequinologist Tours

An extended three-hour long guided tour of the Age of Steam Roundhouse including our collection of Steam Locomotives, Restoration Shop, Turntable, Machine Shop, and Store House. This tour is an in-depth look at the technical aspects concerning steam engineering, locomotive mechanics, industrial heritage, railroad history, and roundhouse architecture.

Note: The Ferroequinologist Tour is a more in-depth version of our regular guided tour designed for the knowledgeable railroad enthusiast.

Group size is strictly limited.

Due to the nature of the site, visitors are restricted to the guided tour itself.
Group sizes are limited, with one tour guide and an assistant.
All tickets are sold in advance. No tickets may be purchased at the door.
Comfortable, closed toe, footwear recommended.
Roundhouse waiver must be signed.

Available Dates

27 April 2024
18 May 2024
22 June 2024
20 July 2024
17 August 2024
21 September 2024
12 October 2024
16 November 2024

Evening Lantern Tours

Join us at the Age of Steam Roundhouse Museum for a family-friendly evening of ghostly tales and stories of railroad legends, led by the light of an old oil lantern. Experience our 90-minute tours led by a staff storyteller who will thrill you and chill you as they lead you around the roundhouse and our steam locomotive collection during the dark twilight hours of autumn. Please do not bring flashlights or use flash photography during the tour and please wear closed-toe shoes.

Tours begin at 6pm and 7pm each night. Children ages 3-16 are $15 per child, Adults 17+ are $25, Children under 3 are free.

Available Dates

18 October 2024
18 October 2024
19 October 2024
19 October 2024
25 October 2024
25 October 2024
26 October 2024
26 October 2024