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A Visit to Steamtown June 21, 2010

by Chris Guenzler

I arrived into Scranton and checked into the Radisson Lackawanna Hotel in the old Lackawanna Station for four nights. I parked the car on the side and saw the Flagg Coal 75 sitting over on the railroad tracks.

Flagg Coal 0-4-0T 75.

Mohawk, Adirondack & Northern Caboose 4810.

One more view of Flagg Coal 75. From here I carried the bags up to Room 416 before I walked over to Hilton Hotel to pick up my NRHS Ticket Packet. From there I walked through the Steamtown Mall out onto the bridge across the Delaware Lackawanna Mainline and headed to Steamtown. Now let's look at the engines in the Delaware-Lackawanna yard.

Genesse Valley M-420 2045.

Delaware-Lackawanna C-420 405.

Delaware-Lackawanna RS-32 211.

Delaware-Lackawanna C-425 2461.

Delaware-Lackawanna C636 3642.

Delaware-Lackawanna C-420 405.

Delaware-Lackawanna yard.

Reading RS-3 467.

Nickel Plate GP-9 514.

A Brief History

The original Steamtown USA was in Bellow Falls, Vermont. Much of the present day collection of steam as well as a few diesels locomotives plus the freight and passenger cars where on display there. That unique collection of railroad equipment was assembled by the late and great Nelson Blount. Blount died in an airplane crash in 1967 and that cut off the main financial support for Steamtown USA. His collection was then moved in 1984 from Bellow Falls to Scranton. Blount's dream was to have a museum in a working railroad yard with steam excursion runs plus have a functional locomotive shop. That dream would be later realized at Steamtown. Steamtown was established by an act of the United States Congress on October 30, 1986. Steamtown officially opened to the public in the summer of 1995. Congress established Steamtown to interpret the story on main line steam railroading between 1850 and 1950. Visitors can see museum exhibitions about the history and technology of steam locomotives in the United States as well as diesels, freight and passenger cars. Some locomotives are displayed out in the open so visitors can have a hands on experience. There is a mail car, railroad business car, a box car, two cabooses and a recreated DL&W Station with ticket office visitors can walk through. There is a steam locomotive cutaway section which helps visitors understand how a steam engine works. Other exhibits include the history of early railroads, life on the railroad, the relationship between railroads in term of business, labor and the government and the history of the Lackawanna Railroad. There are short films shown throughout the day in the Steamtown Theater. This museum is known as the Steamtown National Historic Site.

Our Tour

Brooks Scanlon Cooperation 2-6-2 1 is the first steam engine you see as you cross the bridge.

Union Pacific Big Boy 4-8-8-4 4012.

Barber Asphalt Company Tank Car.

The Delaware Hudson engines that would pull our excursion to Sunbury tomorrow.

Delaware Hudson GP-38 7312.

Delaware Hudson GP-38 7304.

The Steamtown Layout Board.

Lackawanna EMC SC 428.

Delaware & Hudson Box Car 18119.

Lehigh Valley Caboose 583.

Another view of the Delaware & Hudson engines.

Lehigh Valley Wooden Caboose 48.

DL&W Box Car 43651.

Sprang, Chalfant & Co. Inc. 0-6-0 8.

Canadian Pacific 4-6-2 2317.

Long Island Railroad, Rotary Snowplow No. 193.

Reading FP-7 902.

Reading FP-7 903.

Louisville & Bevier River 2-8-0 1923.

Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, Caboose No. 889.

Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, Baggage-Express Car No. 2065.

Canadian Pacific 4-4-4 2929.

Canadian National 2-8-2 3377.

Delaware, Lackawanna and Western No. 2505.

Steam Locomotive 2-8-0 790.

Nickel Plate 2-8-4 759.

Wooden passenger car.

Wooden caboose.

Wooden caboose.

Work train car.

Central Railroad Company of New Jersey, Boxcar No. 18049.

Delaware, Lackawanna and Western No. 2505

Groveton Paper (Berlin Mills) 2-4-2T 7.

Bullard Company 0-4-0T 2.

Reading 4-8-4 2124.

Grand Trunk Western 4-8-2 6039

Lackawanna F-3A 664 in primer.

Lackawanna F-3A painted 663.

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