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Description - Congress created Steamtown National Historic Site in 1986 to interpret the story of main line steam railroading between 1850 and 1950. The park occupies about forty acres of the former Scranton Yards of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad and includes historic railroading buildings, some dating from 1865. Daily schedules and park orientation are provided in the Visitor Center. There is a 250-seat theater that shows a 20-minute film about eastern, mainline steam railroading. The site is handicapped accessible, with the exception of some historic locomotives and railroad cars. The excursion train is also handicapped accessible, however seating is limited.

Attractions - Congress created Steamtown National Historic Site in 1986 to interpret the story of main line steam railroading between 1850 and 1950. The park occupies about forty acres of the former Scranton Yards of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad and includes historic railroading buildings, some dating from 1865. Steamtown National Historic Site operates three historic steam locomotives. The new core complex area, consisting of the restored 1902 Roundhouse, the 1937 Roundhouse, Visitor Center, 250-seat theater, history museum and technology museum, opened on July 1, 1995. One of the ways Steamtown preserves the past is through the Restoration Shop.

Recreation - Daily schedules and park orientation are provided in the Visitor Center. There is a 250-seat theater that shows a 20-minute film about eastern, mainline steam railroading. Visit the history museum with exhibits about the people who worked on the railroad, passenger railroading and the economics of railroading. See the 1937 Roundhouse with operational steam locomotives undergoing routine maintenance, inspections and light repairs. The technology museum features exhibits and models showing the development of the mechanical side of railroading, from laying track to signals.

Snack and soda machines are available at the entrance to the Steamtown Museum Store which is located near the Park's Ticket & Information Center. However, smoking, food, candy, etc., and beverages (including water) are prohibited in all buildings, including the Visitor Center, Turntable plaza, Roundhouse and Museum Store / Oil House. Outdoor picnic tables are available in season.

Steamtown National Historic Site is handicapped accessible, with the exception of some historic locomotives and railroad cars. The excursion train is also handicapped accessible, however seating is limited. If you or any member of your party have concerns, please call in advance.

Parking is available for buses and motor homes, however after-hour and overnight parking are not permitted. Handicapped parking is available nearest the Visitor Center in the main parking lot.

Group Reservations should be made at least two weeks prior to the visit.

Climate - Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The area has cold winter months with temperatures averaging around 24 to 28 degrees Fahrenheit (-4 to -2 degrees Celsius). The area's average summer temperatures range around 68 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit (20 to 22 Celsius).

Location - From Exit 53, Interstate 81: Follow the Central Scranton Expressway into the Center City area. At the first stop light, turn left. This street (Jefferson Avenue) will bear right and become Lackawanna Avenue. Follow Lackawanna Avenue past seven traffic signals. The entrance is on the left at Cliff Street, one block past the seventh traffic signal.


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Contact Information:
Steamtown National Historic Site, 150 South Washington Avenue , Scranton, PA, 18503-2018, Phone: 570-340-5200, Fax: 570-340-5235, TTY: 570-340-5207

Additional Information:
Pennsylvania National Forests and Parks - The National Park Service boasts of having over 16 designated historical sites, battlefields, monuments, memorials, rivers and trails within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Each is significant within itself deserving the protection and maintenance from the Park Service. The National Forest Service maintains and manages one of America's finest hardwood producing territories, the Allegheny National Forest, located in the northwestern region of the state.
Pennsylvania's Historic Sites -
Pocono Mountains / Endless Mountains Area - The Pocono Mountains abound in natural wonders. The Glens Natural Area has 22 named waterfalls in a scenic gorge with old growth timber. You can also try whitewater rafting on the Lehigh River.

Links:
Steamtown National Historic Site - Official agency Website

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