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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 2016 trolley excursion season has ended.

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.


Pennsylvania Garden Railway Society Annual Winter Meet

President's Day Weekend Saturday Feb. 18, Sunday Feb. 19 and Monday Feb. 20, 2017 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

See running live steam model trains along with electric G scale and other assorted large gauges. 2 layouts! One is a 20' x 45' loop, 42" high (10 foot radius). Also a 20' x 50' dual gauge (O&G) 2-track loop for live steam.

Admission to the Meet is $3.00 for adults, $3.00 for children.

Produced by the Pennsylvania Garden Railway Society, Warrior Run Loco Works, Aikenback Live Steamers and Wyoming Valley Live Steamers. For more information call Clem O'Jevich, Warrior Run Loco Works, 32 South Market St., Nanticoke, PA 18934. (570) 881-9823 wrunloco@aol.com

Weather permitting, trolley excursions will run Saturday Feb. 18 and Sunday Feb 19, $5.00 per ticket.


Additional trips are scheduled for President's Day weekend Saturday February 18, 2017 and Sunday February 19, 2017 (weather permitting), 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.

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.


Project 505 Logo

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.




Laurel Line - An Anthracite Region Railway

Laurel Line - An Anthracite Region Railway by James N.J. Henwood and John G. Muncie -published by Tribute Books-214pp.

New Second Edition with improved photo reproduction. Based on the survival of the Laurel Line's corporate records, authors Henwood and Muncie make the most out of this historical treasure. In the book, the railway emerges in human terms of strife, struggle, victory and defeat. The reader learns not only what happened, but why, and who made it happen. All railroads and interurban railways are interesting if properly researched - the Laurel Line as portrayed in this work is profoundly interesting. Many classic photographs from Edward S. Miller and other rail photographers illustrate the story. Reproductions of maps, car plans and other memorabilia are also presented.

Softcover $39.95

To order call the Museum at (570) 963-6590.







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