|The coal car used to transport visitors down into the mine|
|The conveyor inside the mine|
|In front of the Lackawanna Coal Tipple.|
With all that coal near at hand, Scranton became a major hub for the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad. The Scranton railroad yard is now part of the Steamtown National Historic Site as is an impressive collection of locamotives, passenger, freight, and maintenance-of-way cars. The round house has been transformed into a very informative museum and interpretive center. An inexpensive 30 minute train ride is available that leaves the roundhouse and criss crosses the trail yard. My 5 and 6 year olds kids really enjoyed it as did I. We all learned a lot about this important piece of industrial history. My oldest was really able to connect the importance of the coal miner in producing the coal for the the steam engines. And Steamtown did a great job of showing how important the steam train was to America.
|A mail car|
|One of those maintenance-of-way cars: snowblower|
|Scranton railroad yard with the roundhouse in the background|
|A Union Pacific Big Boy!|