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Steamtown National Historic Site

4 Lackawanna Ave, Scranton, PA 18503
570 340-5200
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Ranked #2 of 16 Attractions in Scranton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Trams, Historic Sites
Activities: Group tours/train
Description: This small museum is all about steam engines and their contribution to America's economy in the 19th century.
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northern nj
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36 reviews 36 reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

They do a great job of making you feel the sights and sounds and importance railroads and steam engines (and modern engines too) were to the developement of America and especially the Scranton area..With out steam and diesel on railroads, you would NOT have i-phones.. I enjoyed seeing the rare and beautiful engines and cars on display the same way... More

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Dover, Pennsylvania
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42 reviews 42 reviews
9 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

So many displays, and trains to see! Also, when we were there, they offered a "limited" 30 minute train ride with a park ranger for only $5.00 additional! A train buff could spend a whole day here.

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Howell, New Jersey
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Took the ride and it was well worth it. The turntable is currently under repair but the shop tour is very interesting. they were in process on restoring a Pullman passenger along with a steam engine in two separate shops. The first thing you see as you approach parking is a Reading 4-8-4 steam and two Reading F3 diesel locomotives.... More

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Middlesex
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

A nice well laid out working display of early America steam transportation.Good for all ages Take a ride and enjoy the day. Don't forget your camera and sit in on the free movies.

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NY
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

You need a full day to spend there. We went there around 11am, then went out for lunch and headed back there till 4pm. It's a pretty big place.

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East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

An impressive display of trains and railroading history. My kids enjoyed the chance to ring the bell on one of the engines.

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Pottstown
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

A great place to get informed on the railroad history of the United States. Lots of exhibits to view, get "onboard" a short train excursion on the rail yard. Get hands-on experience in viewing the roundhouse with many old engines, several types of rail cars as well as a trolley museum to visit. Beautiful countryside completes the day!

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Columbus, OH
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We enjoyed a tour by Ranger Tim who took great care to explain how a roundhouse and tool area became a national site. The history of rail travel and the fact the automobile industry was not fully affordable or underway during this era is an important fact that most people do not give great consideration. Tim was an excellent guide.... More

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NEPA
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Very up close to magnificent train engines and cars. You get a real sense of these mighty machines. Train excursion is a must.

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Dalton, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

There is something for everyone here. It is a National Park! You have access to look at old trains, some restored, some falling apart. I think it is great how they work to restore the trains back to their natural beauty. There is a beautiful museum. Take the time to go and visit this place, it is interesting and FUN

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