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Steamtown National Historic Site

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Address: 4 Lackawanna Ave, Scranton, PA 18503
Phone Number: 570 340-5200
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This small museum is all about steam engines and their contribution to...

This small museum is all about steam engines and their contribution to America's economy in the 19th century.

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Great for even a casual train fan

The musuem is a great trip, esp the passenger train and mail cars you can walk through. The train ride itself is short, but fun. I have gone with kids and other adutls and all had... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Emily C
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Pittston, Pennsylvania
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Pittston, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The musuem is a great trip, esp the passenger train and mail cars you can walk through. The train ride itself is short, but fun. I have gone with kids and other adutls and all had a great time.

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Thank Emily C
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31 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First, if you have a kid that loves trains, look not further. This is the place. How can you beat a working round house!. Tour the house and see various engines being repaired. You can even for a little extra take a 30 min train ride. Give yourself all day if you want to see it all.

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Thank James J
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had great time at this historic trip. I loved the train ride and everyone else too. The Museum is so beautiful too. We also enjoyed the lunch at papa's pizza. Great taste.

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Thank munley1984
Toronto
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31 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Steamtown is more than a museum, it is a bona fide rail maintenance facility. In one part of their campus, they refurbish steam locomotives from the frame up. Equipment includes giant wheel lathes, fire rings for re-treading drive wheels, tons of obscure machinery only used for steam locomotives... if you go you MUST take the behind-the-scenes tour, arrive early to... More 

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Thank Mike M
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great attraction, should stop by if you are traveling in the area, especially with kids. Learn how locomotives work, get inside, see the videos, etc. You can easily spend more then two hours there.

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Thank OOO457
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very informative. Not under or overdone. Quite educational. Going back in summer. Fine presentation by ranger on "cabooses" now I know how many purposes they actually served. Work is still going on involving maintenance and restoration, very interesting. Not to many of those iron horses left so good to see them really up close as an adult. If a senior... More 

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Thank Richard J
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

This is a great to to see Trains from the past. A lot of information from when steam trains ruled land travel. Loved the round table and cut away steam engine.

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Thank Bryan B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015 via mobile

We visited this museum four years ago and I remember how much we enjoyed our visit. We got to see an awesome collection of steam locomotives. A lot of information is provided about the history of railroads. Visitors are also given the opportunity to ride on one of the locomotives!

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Thank Fraidy G
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

Fun place to spend an afternoon. Walk around at your own pace. Lots of old trains to look at and walk through. Be sure to take the kids for a ride on the old steam train. Very educational.

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Bridgewater, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015 via mobile

Nice collection, needs more help from the government. I took picture in front of "big boy" now I just have to match it up with the one my father took when I was 7 and the collection was privately owned in Vermont. The movie doesn't really relate to the collection but it does to the site. Needs a little more... More 

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