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The Electric City Trolley Museum Association

A Non-Profit Educational Corporation

The Electric City Trolley Museum Association is a volunteer non-profit group that supports the activities of the Electric City Trolley Museum in downtown Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA, at the Steamtown National Historic Site. The association is an outgrowth of predecessor preservation groups including Buckingham Valley Trolley Association and East Penn Valley Traction, which conveyed to the museum most of the trolleys and artifacts in its historic collection. Association members support the Electric City Trolley Museum with their time, talent, trolley expertise and contributions. The Electric City Trolley Museum Association is IRS recognized as a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit organization, and donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. We welcome anyone sharing our interest in electric railways of eastern Pennsylvania to find out more about the Electric City Trolley Museum Association through this web site, and to consider joining or supporting our activities by becoming a member.

The 2014 season has started with trips scheduled at 10:30 AM, 12:00 Noon, 1:30 PM and 3:00 PM, Thursday through Sunday.

Note: The Noon departure is changed to 12:15 PM and the last departure is changed from 3:00 PM to 2:30 PM on Sundays when Baseball excursions are scheduled.

Please go the Museum Page for additional information about visiting the Museum and the Trolley Excursion Ride ticket sales and boarding area.

Trolley Excursions are also scheduled Independence Day, Friday July 4th, 2014; Labor Day, Monday September 1st, 2014 and Columbus Day, Monday October 13th, 2014.

Toys for Tots excursions in 2014 will be Friday Nov 28th & Saturday Nov 29th and Santa on the Trolley for 2014 will be Sunday Nov 30th, Saturday Dec 6th, Sunday Dec 7th, Saturday Dec 13th, Sunday Dec 14th, Saturday Dec 20th and Sunday Dec 21st.

Accompany Santa Claus for a ride on the Trolley. Reservations are required. Please call the museum at 570 963-6590 for further information, reservations and to confirm the 2014 holiday trolley schedule.

Steamtown's RailFest Event Returns August 30th and 31st

Steamtown National Historic Site will present the eighth RailFest on the weekend of August 30 and 31, 2014. Preservation and historical societies look forward to RailFest to debut new exhibits on all aspects of the railroad. In addition to the popular trains offered by Steamtown National Historic Site, many rides in and around the railroad yard are offered. At times, you can see three moving trains in the railroad yard passing each other, along with the Electric City trolley arriving from Montage in Moosic.

RailFest special programs feature miniature steam locomotives kept in shape by modelers, electric toy trains which operate on a modular layout. Last year, a fixture of many generations' childhoods was added to RailFest in the form of Nay Aug Park's amusement park train. All of these scales of trains will be part of 2014's RailFest.

Steamtown will offer open access to the cab of the Big Boy steam locomotive during the weekend. The regularly scheduled Scranton Limited train through the railroad yard is augmented with a short Caboose Experience train ride. New for 2014 is the Nay Aug Limited, a train that extends the yard train experience by another mile to offer riders to look into the Nay Aug gorge. Steamtown's longer train trip, an excursion to Moscow, PA, will offer a chance to all riders to take part in a photo runby at the station site. This is a rare chance to photograph the train at track speed while in Moscow. This train is offered both days of the weekend.

A highlight of last year's program was the visit by a number of track inspection vehicles popularly called speeders. These cars, cast off by the railroads when SUVs and pickups came along, are preserved by railroad clubs and individuals. Short rides on the rails will be offered by this crew during the event.

Steamtown is known for its walking tours, and the park will have groups led to the Mattes Street tower, the Office and Storage building and the locomotive shop to grasp alternate views on a railroad operation and the need for all this help in the days of the steam engine. Park admission fees are $7.00 per adult, aged 16 and over. Other fees may be charged for added programs. For more details on the railroad yard history, and RailFest details, see the Steamtown web site at www.nps.gov/stea, telephone 570-340-5200 or toll free (888) 693-9391.

Rail Riders

For the 2014 Season the trolley will run to the following Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders games at PNC field:

Sunday, May 11th - Durham Bulls
Sunday, May 25th - Rochester Red Wings
Sunday, June 8th - Toledo Mud Hens
Sunday, June 22nd - Pawtucket Red Sox
Sunday, July 27th - Pawtucket Red Sox
Sunday, August 3rd - Syracuse Chiefs
Sunday, August 10th - Columbus Clippers
Sunday, August 31st - Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs

All Game Times are 1:05 PM and the Trolley Departs 12:15 PM at Steamtown Platform.

Excursion price is $20.00 per person and includes the following:
A trolley ride to the Stadium boarding in downtown Scranton at the Steamtown Platform.
Baseball admission ticket.
$2.00 Voucher for Concession Stand or Team Store.

Return trolley ride to downtown Scranton.

(Trolley Ride Only to & from Game is $11.00)

All ticket sales are through the museum. Please call the Museum at (570) 963-6590 for further information and the necessary reservations.

Members Day 2014

Saturday, September 20, 2014 is the date of the 2nd annual Member's Day at the Scranton trolley museum. Activities begin at 9 AM at the trolley restoration building on Montage Mountain.

Cars will be placed outside on the lead tracks for photos prior to the first departure. There will be an opportunity to see the rebuilding work now in progress on Scranton Transit car No. 324 and Philadelphia Transportation Co. car No. 5205 at the restoration building.

Light weight high-speed car No. 80 and Centerdoor car No. 76 will be the featured cars for the day's operation. Four trips will be operated with photo stops scheduled. Round trips will alternate between the two cars at the restoration shop.

All trips will be open to the general public upon payment of the regular fare. The Cedar Avenue carbarn in Scranton will be open for inspection of the P&W car 164, now numbered 64 and our Chicago Aurora & Elgin car No. 453.

At the trolley museum and depending on the weather, it is planned to have car No. 120, the 4-wheeler from Wilmington DE outside for photos.

The first departure from the restoration shop is at 9:30 am. A detailed schedule of events will be handed out on the day of the event.

After the return of the last regularly scheduled trip to the Montage restoration building at approximately 5 pm, members are invited to stay for a pizza party. Members are asked for a nominal donation to off-set the costs of the pizza and soda. Anything collected over costs will be put into the Project 505 fund.

As a special member's event for the evening, P&W car 164 will be operated after 5 pm and make several trips between Cedar Avenue and the restoration shop building.

To make your reservation for this Member's Day, please contact Dave Biles by calling 610-797-6687 between 7 and 9 pm. Please indicate if you will be staying for the activities after 5 pm.

Project 505 Logo

Project 505

Project 505 is a project being promoted by the Electric City Trolley Museum Association and several Greater Scranton Civic leaders to bring back a part of Scranton's transit history by restoring to service a classic 1929 Electromobile streetcar.

Click here for information about Car #505 and how to donate to Project 505

Scranton The Electric City

Scranton - The Electric City

On November 29, 1886, Charles J. Van Depoele was at the controller of Car #4 and made the first "test run" of the new electric streetcar. He only operated the car to Spruce and Adams Avenue and returned to Franklin Avenue at Lackawanna Avenue. When he was operating the second test run, there was a short circuit problem in the motor and that was the end of operation that day. The next day, November 30, 1886 was the day the first electric streetcar operated from the corner of Lackawanna Avenue on Franklin Avenue to the Green Ridge section of Scranton. The year, 2011 marked the 125th year since that "first run". To commemorate that historic event, the City of Scranton along with the Electric City Trolley Museum Association co­operated with several events in 2011. Please check www.ectma.org/125th and the City of Scranton web site www.scrantonpa.gov for further information.

Laurel Line - An Anthracite Region Railway

Laurel Line - An Anthracite Region Railway by James N.J. Henwood and John G. Muncie -published by Tribute Books-214pp.

New Second Edition with improved photo reproduction. Based on the survival of the Laurel Line's corporate records, authors Henwood and Muncie make the most out of this historical treasure. In the book, the railway emerges in human terms of strife, struggle, victory and defeat. The reader learns not only what happened, but why, and who made it happen. All railroads and interurban railways are interesting if properly researched - the Laurel Line as portrayed in this work is profoundly interesting. Many classic photographs from Edward S. Miller and other rail photographers illustrate the story. Reproductions of maps, car plans and other memorabilia are also presented.

Softcover $39.95

To order call the Museum at (570) 963-6590.

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