"Steamtown National Historic Site & more...." Top 5 Page for this destination Scranton by annk

Scranton Travel Guide: 49 reviews and 74 photos

Steamtown, part of the National Park Service was established in 1986 to further the understanding and appreciation of steam railroading and the role it played in the development of the United States. Anything you could possibly want to know about steam locomotives and the history of railroading is displyed here. A definite "must see" for train enthusiasts.

On my first visit to Scranton we visited Steamtown only. My most recent & 2nd visit we included the Trolley Museum which is adjacent to Steamtown.

Open: Year round 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed: Thanksgiving Day, December 25, January 1st
Museum entrance fee:
Adults: $8.00
Seniors: (62+) $7.00
Children: (6-12) $3.00
free to National Parks pass holders

Excursions 2004 (summer only)
Lackawanna Valley
Adult: $15, Senior $13, Child $10

Adult: $25, Senior $20, Child $15

Pocono Region
Adult: $75, Senior $70, Child $50

Lackawanna County Electric City Trolley Station & Museum
This museum sits adjacent to Steamtown and shares the same parking lot. It's a small museum that is no where near the scale of Steamtown but if you're interested in transporation, it's worth the $3 admission fee.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Interesting and informative, not just museum but a working railyard
  • Cons:Not the typical National Park - no flora, fauna
  • Last visit to Scranton: Dec 2004
  • Intro Updated Jan 6, 2005
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  • JudyinPA's Profile Photo
    Aug 6, 2008 at 7:07 AM

    Finally visited here a couple years ago when my cousin visited. He is a true train hobbiest. Heading up that way to do some gambing at the nearby casino

  • johncudw's Profile Photo
    Apr 25, 2007 at 7:34 AM

    Nice views of that train museum Some of these used to be in Bellows Falls, Vermont - went there when I was a kid and unfortunately melted my plastic camera because it was left in the hot back window of a black car.

  • MURRA's Profile Photo
    Jan 6, 2005 at 7:28 AM

    very good a hump yard is a modern hill release cars at top gravity to bottom ,they are shunted to correct rail line by computer. some boxcars have breakables ,thus do not hump

  • Sharrie's Profile Photo
    Aug 21, 2004 at 6:16 AM

    Train & cruise ship just don't do it for me. For one, it's slow & hard to pass the time if one is on her own! The only time I enjoyed the trains were in Switzerland!

  • chodearm's Profile Photo
    Aug 17, 2004 at 7:14 AM

    Looking to take a trip on the train in October when the leaves change.....thanks for the help

  • Easty's Profile Photo
    Apr 25, 2004 at 1:08 PM

    Nice page on Steamtown.

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Feb 21, 2004 at 5:21 AM

    Very interesting and unique place and info, great shots! Thanks for explanation on "hump" I knew only "jump" :-)

  • Goner's Profile Photo
    Jan 31, 2004 at 8:47 PM

    Great shots of the trains! My favorite mode of transportation.

  • Jan 25, 2004 at 8:18 AM

    Very interesting and informative steamtown,Ann!


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