Steamtown National Historic Site
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.
Going in not being a train enthusiast, wasn't sure what to expect. I was blown away. You can tell a lot of hard work and passion has gone into this place. Exhibits were amazing. Very well maintained. Wonderful staff who provide fantastic walking tours. You have to go on Randall's Pullman porters tour. Very informative and entertaining. In the summer you can actually ride on some of the trains and it's still an active yard.
Free on National Free Park Days, wonderful exhibits, nice history, wheelchair friendly ...even the excursions. We loved the Fall Views in Oct. on an excursion to Tobyhanna at a fair price. Take your own lunch ;) Something for people of all ages and abilities. Kid friendly, Family Friendly, Ability Friendly
A fun place for all ages! We learned a lot on a small budget. Good for a brief walk through to see the artifacts, but you could easily spend hours in here taking in all the interesting information. Friendly, helpful staff, and not too crowded great. We loved supporting the National Parks Service!!
You can spend HOURS here and go back into history! The history of the Steam train brought to life by this National Historic Site. They had open steam trains that you could tour... One train you could ring the bell and yell "BOARD"... THE Rangers were excellent with the knowledge of the history and area. A MUST go!
Great resource and very informative. Whether you're a big fan of railroading and steam engines, or just want to see some of America's trains history. Whether you're into the engineering or would like to explore. Big collection, nicely designed place. Loved it.