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Scranton - Steamtown National Historic Site

150 South Washington Avenue


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.


Helen Rebernik

Saturday, March 17, 2018
Love spending a Saturday or Sunday here once in awhile. Lots of history on the trains and the area. Always enjoy touring the trains, reading the history, and during certain times they run the trains for rides to the public. Always a nice day out.

Mary Chilson

Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018
Had a great time took my 3 grandsons 9,5,2 they had a good time exploring and riding the trains. Just had to pay for the train ride. Other than that the rest of the train museum was free to walk around and learn about trains. We will be going back in the spring to enjoy a longer train ride and see the things we miss. The trolley museum is also there at Steamtown.

Rob Vargo

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018
Very nice to walk around and take a guided tour if you get a chance. The tour of the Locomotive Shop was terrific and you get an up close view of how they maintain steam engine and also some diesel powered machines. Lots of large scale machinery!

David Maxham

Monday, Feb. 12, 2018
This National HIstoric Site is great for all ages. The museum is well organized both inside and out. The train lovers, this would be on the top of their list, since there are so many models - big ones too! The train ride is also very nice and everything is very clean.

Matan Barnea

Monday, Jan. 15, 2018
Incredible experience for anyone with even a passing interest in trains. There are exhibits, models, multiple different trains from a very of different areas and even a reason a train ride (costs extra). This is a great way to spend a few hours and is worth a day trip.

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