Welcome to www.ectma.org, the web site of

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 Museum is Open 9.00 AM until 4:00 PM Daily.

Trolley Excursion rides in 2021 started Thursday April 22, 2021. (Earth Day)



The Trolley Excursions will be operated in a safe, sanitized environment every Thursday through Sunday.


If you are not fully Vaccinated, wearing a mask is required in the Trolley Museum. Per Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) rules and regulations, masks must be worn while riding the trolley excursion.


During the operating season which will extend through October 31, 2021, trips leave at 10:30 AM, 12:00 NOON, 1:30 PM and 3:15 PM Thursday through Sunday from the Steamtown platform. Reservations are welcome, but not necessary


Please note that tickets for the trolley excursion are sold at the Trolley Museum building and are not available on the car. The trolley excursion boarding area is between the Trolley Museum building and the main Steamtown facilities.


Halloween Fest Birthday Party at Museum

The Trolley Excursion will also run Memorial Day Monday May 31st, Independence Day Sunday July 4th, Labor Day Monday September 6th and Columbus Day Monday October 11th.



Trolley Excursions will also run for the following Special Events in 2021:

Elf on the Shelf Friday, November 26th. Santa on the Trolley Saturday and Sunday, November 27th & 28th, Saturday and Sunday, December 4th & 5th, Saturday and Sunday, December 11th & 12th and Saturday and Sunday, December 18th & 19th.

Please call the Museum at 570 963-6590 to confirm holiday schedule information.


Please go the Museum Page for additional information about visiting the Museum.


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 co-operated with several events in 2011. Please check www.ectma.org/125th and the City of Scranton web site www.scrantonpa.gov for further information.




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Updated 10/17/2021. Copyright 2000-2021 - Electric City Trolley Museum Association. All rights reserved.