Steamtown National Historic Site

Overview

A steam locomotive excites the senses: you can feel the heat from the firebox, hear the bell and whistle, smell the hot steam and oil, feel the ground vibrate under your feet, see the one-ton drive rod push the drive wheels around, hear the chuff-chuff-chuff, experience the past. Steamtown National Historic Site preserves an era that slipped from public consciousness virtually unnoticed. Steamtown offers a Technology Museum and History Museum. The Steamtown Collection consists of locomotives, freight cars, passenger cars, and maintenance-of-way equipment from several historic railroads. These modern buildings explore the people, history, technology and lore of steam railroading. The museums include images, artifacts, films, the locomotive repair shop, and a sectioned steam locomotive. Visitors can enjoy the "Scranton Limited" short train rides operate on select days and weekends thru Friday, December 3. Today, you can relive that era as the fire-breathing behemoths lumber back to life. Steamtown NHS occupies about 40 acres of the former Scranton yards of the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad. Within this area, there are multiple opportunities for outdoor activities. There are tables and benches outside the museum complex, available seasonally, for picnic lunches or just relaxing. Outdoor walking tours may be offered, as well as train rides outside the Park boundaries. The cinders, grease, oil, steam and people of railroading have returned.

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Seasonality / Weather

Warm and sometimes humid summers; cold and rainy or snowy winters. Wear seasonable clothing and good walking shoes. The commuter-type coaches are not air-conditioned in summer and may not be heated during the fall so it is recommended that visitors dress appropriately for the weather.

Directions

Driving: 

From I-84W or I-80E, take I-380N to I-81S, Exit 185 (Central Scranton Expressway). From I-476N or I-80W, take I-81N to Exit 185. From I-81N, Exit 185. Turn left at first traffic light, then follow Lackawanna Avenue past seven traffic signals. Take a left hand turn from Lackawanna Avenue to Cliff Street.

Flying: 

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport (AVP) at Avoca serves the greater Pocono Northeast.

Public Transport: 

Both Greyhound Lines and Martz Trailways service Scranton. The bus terminal serves both companies, and is located on Lackawanna Avenue across from the main vehicle entrance to the Park. The most convenient walking access, however, is via the Mall at Steamtown, also across the street from the bus terminal. COLTS (County of Lackawanna Transit System) also provides local bus service to Scranton and all of Lackawanna County.