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Scranton - Steamtown National Historic Site

150 South Washington Avenue
570-340-5200

History:

Steamtown National Historic Site occupies about 40 acres of the Scranton railroad yard of the former Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, one of the earliest rail lines in northeastern Pennsylvania. At the heart of the park is the large collection of standard-gauge steam locomotives and freight and passenger cars that New England seafood processor F. Nelson Blount assembed in the 1950s and 1960s. In 1984, 17 years after Blount's untimely death, the Steamtown Foundation for the Preservation of Steam and Railroad Americana, Inc., brought the collection to Scranton, where is occupied the former DL and W yard. When Steamtown National Historic Site was created, the yard and the collection became part of the National Park System.

The Steamtown Collection consists of locomotives, freight cars, passenger cars, and maintenance-of-way equipment from several historic railroads. The locomotives range in size from a tiny industrial switcher engine built in 1937 by the H.K. Porter Company for the Bullard Company, to a huge Union Pacific Big Boy build in 1941 by the American Locomotive Company (Alco). The oldest locomotive is a freight engine built by Alco in 1903 for the Chicago Union Transfer Railway Company.

A Special History Study of the locomotive collection at Steamtown National Historic Site was prepared for the National Park Service by Gordon Chappell, an National Park Service historian. This document contains the results of many months of research conducted in 1987 and 1988 for preparation of a Scope of Collections Statement for Steamtown National Historic Site. During the course of that project, the author accumulated a wealth of important raw data that contributed to a determination of which rolling stock should be acquired from the Steamtown Foundation for preservation at the park.



Reviews

Zac Cornish

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Saturday, March 31, 2018
This place is jam packed with stuff, way more than your train enthusiast can handle in a day! I've been to a number of train museums, and this one ranks as the best for pure train information. I came off-season, and didn't get to do a train ride unfortunately. I suspect it would have been worth the money. The museum portion itself has several wings and I didn't have time to see it all in the four hours I was there! The movie they are showing is educational for children, but not so much for adults. Consider it a chance to rest your feet and watch a drama about the rise and fall in popularity of passenger train service. They have an impressive collection of engines, though, including a Big Boy. I'd only seen pictures of the big boy before this, and I tell you the visit was worth just to stand next to the pinnacle of steam power. I took a ranger guided tour through the shop, and that was an amazing and rare treat to see a working train shop. Now I bet this place gets crowded, my experience is off season, so do read other reviewers for what it's like when the summer crunch is on. The reason I'm saying steam town is among the best and not THE best is the lack of train equipment to climb on. But, this one has lots to see and lots of information.

Marty Straub

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Thursday, April 12, 2018
A great place for anyone moved by trains --and who isn't? There's always some remarkable old trains in various stages of restoration in the yard. There are train rides for the kid in all of us. All of the employees are very approachable and knowledgeable. AND there are amazing displays in the various museums on site, and you can even walk through some wonderfully restored cars to get a feel of "how it used to be."

Matthew Cassidy

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Thursday, April 12, 2018
If you are a train buff or a lover of engineering behemoths lile the Union Pacific Big Boy, the 4-8-8-4 1 million horse power steam engine is a sight to behold. Also, is an active railway so on a daily basis you will see trains go by, you are allowed to get close, but not too close. Moreover, seeing the people restore and and refurbish the trains as well as talk about the history of the trains is amazing. Also be sure to check out the trolley museum as well. Also, if you want to ride a train the train excursions are done in the spring and summer other warmer months.

John Siedenberg II

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Such a neat place to visit! We went to see Last Week Tonight's train and got to see so much more! The staff was super friendly and we had a blast learning more about Scranton and trolleys (and their influence on the country and our history!) The entrance fee is super cheap (it was $6 bucks a person and there was tons of stuff to see and do) Thanks for a great day trip!

Deann Schneck

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Friday, April 13, 2018
My grandfather brought me to this place when I was young. It's still a great place now. I took my children and we all loved it. The trains are really neat to see.

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