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Electric City Trolley Museum 6/25/2010

by Chris Guenzler

After our Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum visit, I drove back to Scranton where I parked in front of the Electric City Trolley Museum.

A Brief History

The Electric City Trolley Museum is a collaborative effort among many different partners. Working together they have created a premier electric railway museum in Scranton. Back in 1887 Scranton was the first city in Pennsylvania with a successful pioneer trolley line and became known as the Electric City. This museum's collection provides a highly representative picture of the electric railway history of eastern Pennsylvania, from Philadelphia to Northeast Pennsylvania. The museum was created by the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority. Lackawanna County manages the day to day operations. The facility itself is located on the Steamtown National Historic Site and is on a long term lease from the National Park Service.

Our Tour

Reading Transit & Light Co. 506.

An electric generator.

There is a room for the kids who visit the museum.

Reading Transit & Light Co. 506.

The Electric City neon sign.

Philadelphia & Western Railway 46.

Displays at the Electric City Trolley Museum.

Reading Transit & Light Co. 102.

Lehigh Valley Transit Co. 801.

Model trains running on display.

Lettering on Lehigh Valley Transit Co. 801.

A mini trolley.

Philadelphia & Western Railway 46.

MacAndrews and Forbes Co. 10.

Philadelphia Rapid Transit Co. 8534.

Philadelphia & Western Railway Co. 401.

Philadelphia & Western Railway Co. 206.

View of the Electric Trolley Museum. I walked over to the station to wait for my complete trip over the route of the Electric Trolley Museum.

The Trolley Trip

Just before 10:30 the Trolley 76 came towards the station at Steamtown.

The car pulled in and we all boarded. This trip was a sellout due to a Boy Scout Troop taking a ride.

The station is in the middle of the Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad yard.

Our trip starts.

The smoke is from a steam engine at Steamtown.

We ran by the Steamtown yard.

The train runs below the Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad tracks.

We came to a stop for rabbits on the tracks, one who run ahead as we headed for the next crossing which our crew would have to flag with a stop sign.

We crossed this street.

Before we passed this freight customer on the line served by the Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad.

This is the last street that the crew would have to flag.

This is where I boarded for the baseball game the other night.

Taking curve.

The switch to the Iron Furnace Station.

Curving towards the Pellet Plant yard.

The Pellet Plant yard.

The south end of the Pellet Plant yard.

Taking a curve along Roaring Brook.

The bridge across Roaring Brook.

Roaring Brook.

The train about to enter 4747 foot long Laurel Line Crown Avenue Tunnel.

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