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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

Maria Bee

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Sunday, July 1, 2018
Steamtown is by far one of the nicest national sites we have ever visited - you could easily spend an hour or all day there! There are stationary trains you can board, lots of artifacts, and educational videos on the mechanics of the trains. The staff there was incredibly knowledgeable and helpful. I highly recommend this to anyone near Scranton, even if you're strapped for time.

John Lamade

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Monday, July 2, 2018
Sad and Wonderful While I cannot call myself a "foamer," I do like steam locomotives and the people who built them. So far I have visited train museums in the UK, York Pennsylvania, and Scranton, Pennsylvania. This is a great museum. Every time I am in Scranton, I make a point to visit Steamtown. I still enjoy studying and photographing their Big Boy, #4012, and the other trains at the site. The sad part is the look of neglect; the museum looks underfunded. There should be more restorations underway in the roundhouse. In addition, I would love to see more excursions and educational materials. The country is lucky to have such a wonderful museum with so much to see and learn. I am not sure how often steam museums talk to each other, but there could be tremendous benefits of sharing resources.

Josh Spieles

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Thursday, June 14, 2018
Great museum about the history of steam trains. It is all self-guided so give yourself some time to read as you walk through the exhibits. The staff are quite knowledgeable about the area and I would recommend taking at least the short train ride if you don't have time for the excursion. We really enjoyed our time there.

Michael Corsiglia

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Thursday, July 5, 2018
Stumbled across this gem by chance walking through the Steamtown Mall. If you go to the second floor there is a bridge that will take you across the active railroad tracks! This place has a lot to see. If you have little kids I suggest bringing a light stroller. It will take you through the history of how trains and coal shaped the landscape over the years, The rise and the Fall! Lots of Hands on exhibits, Lots of Trains, Lots of History! Awesome place!

Diana Stone

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Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018
You can walk around for free. It's in much better shape than the last time we were there 20 years ago. The museum itself was well done.

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