Steamtown National Historic Site

Steamtown National Historic Site

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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 rods turn the wheels. Hear the chuff-chuff of the smokestack. Today, you can relive the era of steam as the engines come back to life. The cinders and grease, the oil and steam, the people and stories of railroading have returned.

Steamtown NHS 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 it occupied the former DL&W yard. When the 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.

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Hours

The park is open daily except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day. The park is closed on those days, and may close early on the day before each of these holidays.

  • Park Regular hours: 9 am - 5 pm
  • Park Winter hours (January 8 -April 1): 9 am - 4 pm

(Note: Many places fill to capacity on busy, nice weather days, especially holiday weekends. Please call ahead or visit the official website to get the most up-to-date information before visiting.)

Fees

Entrance Fee: $7.00 (ages 16 and older), Free for children 15 & younger (must be accompanied by an adult)

The Park Entrance Fee (all visitors age 16 and over) includes admission to the railroad yard, History & Technology Museums, Theater, Roundhouse, all walking tours and most theater programs. All children 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult while at the Park and aboard train rides and excursions.

"Scranton Limited" Train Rides: $5.00 (ages 16 and older), $5.00 (ages 6 to 15), Free for children 5 & younger (must be accompanied by an adult)

Locomotive Cab Ride: $35.00/ride (ages 16 and older)

Those with "America the Beautiful" passes may qualify for discounts.

History

Steamtown NHS 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 it occupied the former DL&W yard. When Steamtown National Historic Site was created, the yard and the collection became part of the National Park System.

Activities

You can tour the History and Technology Museums or Roundhouse, explore special exhibits or watch the movie "Steel and Steam". You can also join a Park Ranger or Volunteer on a Scheduled Tour of our Locomotive Repair Shops. Seasonally, you may want to experience our short train rides, longer train excursions or Living History programs. Explore the links above to learn more about these activities prior to your visit.

Accessibility

Steamtown National Historic Site is accessible, with the exception of some historic locomotives and railroad cars.

Please see the site for specific details on wheelchair, hearing imparied, and visually impaired capabilities.

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