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convergent
08-07-2006, 10:05 AM
Steamtown is a National Historic Site, located in Scranton, PA, that is operated by the National Park Service. Tours and Train Rides are not the same every day, so check the website schedule for specific information before you visit. http://www.nps.gov/stea/schedule.htm

Exhibits include:
Roundhouse - Steam locomotives are serviced inside this restored Roundhouse (built in 1902, enlarged in 1917 and 1937).

Theater - Steamtown's 18-minute film, 'Steel and Steam,' shows here daily every half-hour, except during Special Events and the Winter Lecture Series.

Turntable - Steam and diesel locomotives are turned on the turntable periodically during the train operating season. DL&W Railroad coal hopper car; New Haven Trap Rock Company locomotive; Lehigh and New England Railroad caboose; Rutland Railroad flat car; 90-foot working turntable and an historic 1865 roundhouse pit.

History Museum - Timeline of Railroading; Labor, Business and Government; the Truesdale Gallery; Life on the Railroad; Recreations of the interior of four Delaware, Lackawanna & Western passenger depots; Louisville & Nashville 1100, a Railway Post Office Car; Erie 3, a railroad business car

Technology Museum - 'Sectioned' steam locomotive with a visible interior; Rutland Railroad caboose and Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad boxcar open for exploration - the boxcar features a video describing various types of freight-hauling equipment); Making and Using Steam; Engineer and Fireman; Locomotive Design; Electric and Diesel-Electric Locomotives; Building a Railroad, featuring a life-size exhibit of Maintenance-of-Way track work); Railroad Jargon; Whistle Signals; Position and Color Signals; Roundhouse Office; Railroad Architecture; Railroad Disasters; Railway Mail Service; Telegraphy; Model of the DL&W Scranton Yards, ca. 1935; Railroad Safety

Visitor Center - A series of 8 panels illustrates the development of the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad's Scranton yard from 1851 to the opening of Steamtown National Historic Site. A 'please touch' large-scale model of a Pennsylvania Railroad steam locomotive is on display, as is a 'please touch' table for all ages. There are also two display exhibits - one to orient visitors at Steamtown, and the other to highlight Steamtown's connection with attractions in the Lackawanna Heritage Valley.

Operating Locomotives -
Baldwin Locomotive Works #26 - built 1929 - 0-6-0
Canadian Pacific #2317 - built 1923 - 4-6-2
Canadian National Railways #3254 - built 1916 - 2-8-2 Mikado
Nickel Plate Road #514 - built 1958 - EMD GP-9
Boston & Maine Railroad #3713 - built 1934 - 4-6-2 Lima Auto Works

Non Operating Locomotives -
Over 20 steam locomotives including one of only a half dozen surviving Union Pacific "Big Boy" 4-8-8-4 locomotives (the only one on the east coast).

For more information, http://www.nps.gov/stea/steainfo.htm

Orgnoi1
08-07-2006, 10:09 AM
OK when are we going.... =) Scranton is just a short drive away!!!

convergent
08-07-2006, 11:00 AM
OK when are we going.... =) Scranton is just a short drive away!!!

Yep, that's what I was thinking.

In case anyone wasn't aware, the Big Boys were made by Alco in Schenectady, NY. These grand locomotives were 1,000,000 pounds and could only run on certain tracks because they couldn't navigate a lot of corners. They were used specifically by Union Pacific to get over mountains on select sections of their track.

WMHT has info on a documentary on Alco and a great picture of the Big Boy at http://www.wmht.org/tv/productions/ironHorse.html?PHPSESSID=8826b56b49fc15024465fb5ee ce47e3e

zacker
08-07-2006, 12:20 PM
wow.. now thats a big boy!

ZR2Blazer
08-07-2006, 02:44 PM
awesome train that is huge....nice find :cheers

convergent
08-07-2006, 03:05 PM
This is kind of crazy... the Steamtown site is now gone... Hopefully its a short problem that will get corrected.

Orgnoi1
08-07-2006, 03:12 PM
This is kind of crazy... the Steamtown site is now gone... Hopefully its a short problem that will get corrected.

LOL they had too many hits on the site with us all looking... we crashed it...LOL

convergent
08-07-2006, 03:13 PM
LOL they had too many hits on the site with us all looking... we crashed it...LOL

That would be pretty funny, especially since the site is operated by the US Dept. of Interior.

Orgnoi1
04-27-2007, 12:29 PM
Here is the new link... as the ones listed above are not active...

http://www.nps.gov/stea/index.htm

GraphyFotoz
04-27-2007, 03:26 PM
Been there quite a few times....fairly close for me too.
Haven't been there since I got a DSLR.
These were all taken with my Sony 828 I had.
Just a small taste of what to look forward to if ya go. :D

http://graphyfotoz.smugmug.com/photos/119818296-L.jpg

http://graphyfotoz.smugmug.com/photos/119818392-L.jpg

http://graphyfotoz.smugmug.com/photos/119819187-L.jpg