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

Easter Bunny Rides - We have sold out the rides on April 2nd and are now offering rides on Saturday April 8th. We will only be offering the ride and not the activities. Ride times are 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:45 PM and 1:30 PM. Prices are $10 Adults, $9 Seniors (62+), $8 Children (3-17), Free 2 & under. For required reservations and further information contact the Museum at 570 963-6590. We hope this will work for those who have not been able to reserve on April 2nd.

Trolley Excursion rides in 2023 will start Thursday April 20, 2023.

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

During the operating season which will extend through October 29, 2023, trips leave at 10:30 AM, 12:00 NOON, 1:30 PM and 3:00 PM Thursday through Sunday from the Steamtown platform. Reservations are welcome, but not necessary

During Sundays when Special Baseball Excursions are run, May 28th, June 11th, June 25th, July 9th, July 23rd, August 6th, August 13th, August 27th and September 17th, the only times open to the general public are 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM.

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.

Lucky Gold Coins
Easter Bunny on the Trolley
Birthday Party at Museum

The Trolley Excursion operates Thursday through Sunday. Trips leave at 10:30 AM, 12:00 NOON, 1:30 PM and 3:00 PM from the Steamtown platform and will also run Presidents Day weekend Saturday February 18th and Sunday February 19th (weather permitting), Memorial Day Monday May 29th, Independence Day Tuesday July 4th, Labor Day Monday September 4th and Columbus Day Monday October 9th.

For the 2023 Season the trolley will run to the following Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders games at PNC Field:

  • Sunday, May 28 - Worcester Red Sox
  • Sunday, June 11 - Norfolk Tides
  • Sunday, June 25 - Buffalo Bisons
  • Sunday, July 9 - Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs
  • Sunday, July 23 - Worcester Red Sox
  • Sunday, August 6 - Rochester Red Wings
  • Sunday, August 13 - Syracuse Mets
  • Sunday, August 27 - Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs
  • Sunday, September 17 - Buffalo Bisons

The Trolley departs at 12:15 PM. Game times are 1:05 PM.

The $20.00 per person price for these special excursions include a trolley ride to the Stadium (boarding in downtown Scranton at the Steamtown Platform), baseball admission ticket and return trolley ride to downtown Scranton.(Trolley Ride to Game Only is $11.00)

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

Trolley Excursions will also run for the following Special Events in 2023:

Elf on the Shelf Friday, November 24th. Santa on the Trolley Saturday and Sunday, November 25th & 26th, Saturday and Sunday, December 2nd & 3rd, Saturday and Sunday, December 9th & 10th, Saturday and Sunday, December 16th & 17th and Saturday December 23rd.

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 3/22/2023. Copyright 2000-2023 - Electric City Trolley Museum Association. All rights reserved.