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“Don't Miss The Trolley Ride”

The Electric City Trolley Station and Museum
Ranked #3 of 35 things to do in Scranton
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

We're trolley fans and this was an excellent example of a fully functioning and well kept electric trolley.
The trolley ride itself was a pure 10 mile pleasure. An added bonus is the 1/2 mile tunnel that you travel through which cooled us down on a very hot day.
The only problem is boarding the trolley. The disinterested young girl who sold us our tickets gave incredibly bad directions on where to go for boarding.
Luckily, the conductor was familiar with this problem and came looking for the 1/2 dozen or so of us who were in the wrong location.
It turns out that the federal government run Steamtown Museum will not allow the locally run trolley to put up signs on their property point the way to the trolley.
Government beauracracy at it's finest.
You will love this trolley, it is highly recommended.

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Reviewed June 27, 2013

We visited in June 2013. Several of the cars were under renovation. There did not seem to be all that much to see. It was a big step down from Steamtown across the parking lot which was actually a few dollars cheaper to visit.

Thank Chromehill
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

My husband and I have season tickets to The RailRiders baseball games (Triple-A New York Yankees team). We thought that it would be fun to take the electric trolley from Scranton to the baseball stadium. It was more than just a ride as we had a wonderful narrative by the conductor all the way there. You can take the trolley to the ballpark on 10 specified dates and it will be there to take you back after the game. Or you can just take the 10 mile excursion which takes about an hour round trip. We thought it was a great and novel way to get to the stadium and avoid the traffic!

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Reviewed May 19, 2013

It's been 2 weeks since our visit, and I'm still thinking about it. It was definitely one of the most informative excursions I've ever taken, anywhere--thanks to the conductor and trolley driver!

The Electric City Trolley Station and Museum shares a parking lot with Steamtown. My son and I did this museum and ride first. The trolley museum is small, but is a good way to pass the time while waiting for the trolley ride. One does learn a few things from the museum that is not mentioned on the trolley--like the electrical circuit by which the trolley operates (The display is more interesting than I'm probably making it sound.), and seeing the old photos of the trolleys and old amusement parks. The latter is mentioned on the ride, but the photos add depth. One may also climb aboard a few trolleys,inside and outside.

The 10-mile, 1 hour, trolley ride is enjoyable, in itself, especially seeing how the conductor has to get out of the trolley, and stop traffic, as the train gates don't work on some of the train rails along which the trolley rides (The trolley rides along 3 different sets of rails, and explains it all.). Not only was the conductor most informative, but before the trolley is switched to go back to the start, the riders have an opportunity to get off the trolley and view the repair shop, which is really like a museum, and a new multimillion dollar professional ball field, in which a farm team of the Yankees play. We learned what made ball games a popular spectator sport to begin with, how the subway and trolley systems in other major cities got their start, why Scranton, PA is called The Electric City, the difference between various types of trolleys, and a plethera of other facts, from not only the conductor, but the driver, as well.

I thought that the price was reasonable for the trip.

And just to note, we felt that the gift shop at the Trolley Museum was better than the one at Steamtown.

1  Thank MEEEK
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Reviewed April 29, 2013

After paying a fee to get in, we found out that this is a town museum and is not connected to Steamtown. It was ok, but not really much to see for the price of admission for two people.

Thank Ira K
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