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The Electric City Trolley Museum Association

A Non-Profit Educational Corporation

The Electric City Trolley Museum Association is a volunteer non-profit group that supports the activities of the Electric City Trolley Museum in downtown Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA, at the Steamtown National Historic Site. The association is an outgrowth of predecessor preservation groups including Buckingham Valley Trolley Association and East Penn Valley Traction, which conveyed to the museum most of the trolleys and artifacts in its historic collection. Association members support the Electric City Trolley Museum with their time, talent, trolley expertise and contributions. The Electric City Trolley Museum Association is IRS recognized as a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit organization, and donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. We welcome anyone sharing our interest in electric railways of eastern Pennsylvania to find out more about the Electric City Trolley Museum Association through this web site, and to consider joining or supporting our activities by becoming a member.

The 2017 Daily Thursday through Sunday Trolley Excursions will start on Thursday April 27, 2017 and end Sunday October 29, 2017.

During the operating season trips leave at 10:30 AM, 12:00 Noon, 1:30 PM and 3:00 PM Thursday through Sunday from the Steamtown platform.

Please note that tickets for the trolley excursion are sold at the Trolley Museum building and are not available on the car. The trolley excursion boarding area is between the Trolley Museum building and the main Steamtown facilities.

Additional trips are scheduled for Memorial Day Monday May 29, 2017, Independence Day Tuesday July 4, 2017, Labor Day Monday September 4, 2017 and Columbus Day Monday October 9, 2017.

For the 2017 Season the trolley will run to the following Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders games at PNC Field:

  • Sunday, May 7 - Syracuse Chiefs
  • Sunday, May 21 - Rochester Red Wings
  • Sunday, June 4 - Toledo Mud Hens
  • Sunday, June 25 - Pawtucket Red Sox
  • Sunday, July 9 - Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs
  • Sunday, July 23 - Charlotte Knights
  • Sunday, August 6 - Pawtucket Red Sox
  • Sunday, August 20 - Durham Bulls
  • Sunday, August 27 - Syracuse Chiefs

The Trolley departs at 12:15 PM. Game times are 1:05 PM.

The $20.00 per person price for these special excursions (Trolley Ride to Game Only is $11.00) include the following:
  • A trolley ride to the Stadium, boarding in downtown Scranton at the Steamtown Platform.
  • Baseball admission ticket.
  • $2.00 Voucher for Concession Stand.
  • Return trolley ride to downtown Scranton.
Reservations are required. All ticket sales are through the museum. Please call the Museum at (570) 963-6590 for further information and the necessary reservations.

Excursions will also run during the Holiday Season. Toys for Tots will be Friday November 24th, 2017, Santa on the Trolley will be Saturday November 25, 2017, Sunday November 26, 2017, Saturday December 2, 2017, Sunday December 3, 2017, Saturday December 9, 2017, Sunday December 10, 2017, Saturday December 16, 2017, Sunday December 17, 2017 and Saturday December 23, 2017.

Please call the Museum at 570 963-6590 to confirm holiday trolley excursion schedules.

Please go the Museum Page for additional information about visiting the Museum.

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Project 505

Project 505 is a project being promoted by the Electric City Trolley Museum Association and several Greater Scranton Civic leaders to bring back a part of Scranton's transit history by restoring to service a classic 1929 Electromobile streetcar.

Click here for information about Car #505 and how to donate to Project 505

Scranton The Electric City

Scranton - The Electric City

On November 29, 1886, Charles J. Van Depoele was at the controller of Car #4 and made the first "test run" of the new electric streetcar. He only operated the car to Spruce and Adams Avenue and returned to Franklin Avenue at Lackawanna Avenue. When he was operating the second test run, there was a short circuit problem in the motor and that was the end of operation that day. The next day, November 30, 1886 was the day the first electric streetcar operated from the corner of Lackawanna Avenue on Franklin Avenue to the Green Ridge section of Scranton. The year, 2011 marked the 125th year since that "first run". To commemorate that historic event, the City of Scranton along with the Electric City Trolley Museum Association co-operated with several events in 2011. Please check www.ectma.org/125th and the City of Scranton web site www.scrantonpa.gov for further information.

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Updated 4/25/2017. Copyright 2000-2017 - Electric City Trolley Museum Association. All rights reserved.