The trolley museum building is open seven days a week from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM during the late spring, summer and fall months May through December except Christmas, New Years, Memorial and Thanksgiving Days. During the winter months, January through April, the trolley museum building is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The entrance is at 300 Cliff Street, Scranton, PA 18503 on the grounds of the Steamtown National Historic Site adjacent to downtown. (Exit 185 off Interstate 81). Follow the signs to Steamtown and you can’t miss us! Phone: (570) 963-6590.
During the operating season, the trolley excursion will depart from the main passenger platform of the Steamtown National Historic Site. Trips are scheduled at 10:30 AM, 12:00 Noon, 1:30 PM and 3:00 PM Thursday through Sunday. 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.
During the operating season, the trolley excursion will depart from the main passenger platform of the Steamtown National Historic Site. Trips are scheduled at 10:30 AM, 12:00 Noon, 1:30 PM and 3:00 PM Thursday through Sunday. 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. The scenic route follows a portion of the former Lackawanna & Wyoming Valley (Laurel Line) Railroad right-of-way as it parallels Roaring Brook proceeds past the Historic Iron Furnaces and continues through the Crown Avenue Tunnel – at 4747 feet long, one of the longest interurban tunnels ever built. An additional extension to the Lackawanna County Stadium at Montage was completed July 14, 2006.
The Electric City Trolley Museum is a collaborative effort involving many partners. Together they have created a premier electric railway museum in Scranton, Pennsylvania. In 1887, Scranton was Pennsylvania’s first city with a successful pioneer trolley line and became known as “The Electric City.” The museum collection provides a highly representative picture of the electric railway history of eastern Pennsylvania, from the Philadelphia region to Northeast Pennsylvania.
The museum was created by the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority. Lackawanna County manages the museum day-to-day. The facility itself, located on the Steamtown National Historic Site, is on long-term lease from the National Park Service. The trolleys operate over tracks owned by both Steamtown and the Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Railroad Authority, including a portion of the historic Lackawanna & Wyoming Valley “Laurel Line” third-rail interurban right-of-way.
The highlight of the display is a section of 3rd rail and original insulator from the Laurel Line.
In addition to items from the Laurel Line; the Wilkes-Barre and Hazelton, Philadelphia and Western, New York Central Railroad, New York City, Philadelphia and Boston Rapid Transit Lines are also represented.
Also included are mine railway equipment items.
As well as signals and signal equipment and relays.
Rounding out the display are three vintage street lights, originally arc lights, converted to incandescent bulbs by the Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company and used to light the yards surrounding tne carbarns.
As part of the Museum's Second Aniversary Celebration in 2001, author Debra Brill, great-great-granddaughter of John George Brill signed copies of her recent book, "History of the J. G. Brill Company" published by the Indiana University Press at the Museum on Saturday, October 27th, 2001. In addition, there was a question and answer session with the author, a musical performance by the Friendly City Chrous and a birthday cake celebration for the Museum. Saturday, October 27th 2001 was also the formal dedication and opening of the Charles J. Van Depoele Library and Archives at the Museum.
Amanda Holyk as Abigail Cooper, the daughter of Iron Furnace worker Frank Cooper, portrayed by Rob O'Malley aboard a trolley in the Lackawanna County Electric City Trolley Station & Museum's production of "Electric City's TROLLEY THROUGH TIME."
"Electric City's TROLLEY THROUGH TIME," is a living history production by Keith Williams that dramatizes the intriguing events surrounding the birth of electric traction in November of 1886. The production company uses song, the Trolley Museum's many displays and an actual trolley excursion ride, to draw the attendees into the story with actors portraying inventor Charles Van Depoele and prominent and ordinary citizens of Scranton. The production opened Saturday, June 23rd, 2001 and continued every Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 PM through Sunday, August 26th, 2001.
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