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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-25-2012, 06:23 AM Thread Starter
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Steamtown Scranton, PA

our club took a weekend trip to Steamtown in Scranton, PA.

general observations:

Steamtowm is administered by the National Park Service. $7 admission is reasonable.

As of Sat 6/23/12 they didn't have any steam locomotives in operation. They were running 1/2 hour rides with an old diesel. We didn't take the train ride.

Steamtown is the site of the old Erie Lackawanna maintenance shop and freight yard.

They have an operating turntable, a reconstructed round house, full maintenance shop, a short movie, a large switching yard with old pieces of railroad equipment and various historical displays.

The highlight of the day for me was the tour of the maintenance shop. They are currently doing the maintenance necessary to bring three of the steam locomotives back on line. The tour was comprehensive and gave us a good idea of how the machinery worked. Good stuff.

PA has some great scenery but the roads we used were a bit rough.

If you're looking for an excuse for a ride, Steamtown is worth a visit.
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Sounds like a good time man. If you have any pics to post so we can check it out that would be cool

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Sounds like a good time man. If you have any pics to post so we can check it out that would be cool
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no pics. I carried a video camera around all day but didn't shoot anything.
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PA has some great scenery but the roads we used were a bit rough.
If you're looking for an excuse for a ride, Steamtown is worth a visit.
I agree that PA has some beautiful scenery and has rlaf75 suggested some pics of Steamtown would be cool to see.

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