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Steamtown National Historic Site
Ranked #1 of 35 things to do in Scranton
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This small museum is all about steam engines and their contribution to America's economy in the 19th century.
Reviewed April 12, 2013

This is a really good exhibit to explore. We are locals and bring our visitors here if they have never taken the time to see such an exhibit. Before we moved to the area we paid to go to the museum and book store. Then we rode the train (twice). Go during the fall the colors are magnificent. The train excursions have three different stops at different times. The most commonly posted picture of the Moscow train station is actually that of Tobyhanna (11 miles away. The nicest is the recently renovated station at Gouldsboro which is in between the other two. Lots to see and themed activities at differrent times. Also, this station is heated and cooled, foods better, and the bathrooms are kept clean.

Thank Wallyjoe
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Reviewed March 30, 2013

Ummm well aside from getting lost because the directions clearly lead you to the mall the entrance can be very deceiving. For the amount of money they ask for you can basically see everything from the gate on the side of the mall...not too interested at all..:S

1  Thank luv2teachYonkers
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

This is a wonderful educational stop for all ages. If you are a sr. and have a gold pass it is free of charge. There are short train rides everyday..not sure about times, and longer trips . There are several trains on display as well as examples of the types of travel experiences one could have during the "hayday" of the railroads.

Thank jaykk11
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Reviewed March 9, 2013

We have visited the Steamtown site off and on since my son was young. We first came to view Big Boy, one of the few that you can view in the US. Actually, you can view Big Boy without paying a thing, as it is outside of the museum and right next to the parking lot.

I think the biggest thing for somebody considering a visit to this site is to pay attention to the name of the site..."Steamtown". This isn't really a railroad museum, but a museum about Steam Locomotives. You won't see a lot of cars, or any diesel engines. It is all about the steam engines. It's hard to surpass this focus on Steam anywhere else.

While I haven't been to a lot of train museums, I've been to several in PA, and I have to say that you can see more variety of trains at some of the others, but none can compare to what is actually presented. The center "attraction" is a working roundtable, around a quarter of the sheds still house locomotives, with the remaining sheds being converted to museum space. The museum has a lot of good photos, descriptions and working/simulated components of steam locomotives. As you progress through the museum they only have a few "cars" you can look at, but one of the more interesting ones is a small steam locomotive that has been sectioned at painted so you can see all of the internals. You then progress to working sheds on the roundtable, holding some active engines, and some in "standby" being restored.

There are some static exhibits about railroad life at the end, and I believe there is a theater for movies.

The only real drawback is that during the winter months, the turntable seems to be closed, and most activity is minimal.

During the summer months, I have seen (at random, nothing scheduled) rides in a caboose, letting people "control" a live train using hand signals. Yes they have some train ride, but I actually haven't gone on that, spent my time at the museum.

If you have a National Park annual pass, you can use it for your family.

4  Thank Apljavaman
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

I think this was some rich train-nut's idea of a toy. It was one of the most boring places I've ever been and way overpriced.

3  Thank Brenda B
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