Steamtown National Historic Site
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Visited 20 October 2019.
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Grandma and Grandpa did not go to the Electric City Trolley Museum.
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Entrance to this wonderful museum.
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There were trains, especially steam locomotives, everywhere!
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Steamtown is a large modern museum built around an old railroad turntable.
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This diesel was preparing to depart on a short round trip for passengers at a very nominal ticket cost.
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The roundhouse office.
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This photograph was displayed asking visitors to try to count the number of triangles used to build the bridge. It is called a truss bridge. Triangles are structurally the strongest shape to allow it to carry heavy weights.
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The roundhouse turntable. Locomotives would go onto it, then it would turn around so the locomotive now was facing in the opposite direction.
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Visitors could climb into the cab of many locomotives at Steamtown, ring the bell and play with the controls.
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Grandma Bert catches Grandpa Roy taking yet another photo.
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He was taking this photo.
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Gondola car and spare wheels.
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The museum completely circled the turntable.
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Construction of the museum around the turntable is seen in Grandma Bert's photo from the second level.
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Artist Denis Yanashot. Titled December 9, 1914, this relief is based on the Diamond Mine Disaster in Scranton on that date when the rotton floor of the elevator collapsed with 13 miners on board. Only one survived. It is considered one of the worst mining disasters in Scranton's history.
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One of a number of sculptures in this section depicting everyone associated with the age of steam, from the tycoon who owned the railroad to the boy who sold newspapers as well as the hobo who "rode the rails."
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This sculpture shows the ticket seller.
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A mail car.
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Aboard the mail car where mail was sorted during the trip from one point to another.
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Inside a VIP car where the table is available for passenger meals.
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The car actually was called a "Business Car."
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A VIP compartment with a real bed.
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VIP compartments could be very well appointed. This car was Business Car Number 3.
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Grandma Bert alights from the business car.
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As one walked through the museum, exits led outside where visitors could overlook the roundtable from different angles.
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Grand Trunk Western #6039.
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Grand Trunk Western Railway of Canada owned track in Michigan and Illinois, providing commuter service to Chicago.
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Note the large vent above the smokestack. Most locomotives at Steamtown are still operational.
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Nickle Plate #759, a heavy-duty main-line freight locomotive.
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Some are convinced this was the most powerful locomotive every built.
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Delaware, Lackawanna & Western #565.
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#565 burned anthracite culm (waste coal).
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Notice the area between the tracks is sunk so that maintenance personnel can work on the locomotive from below.
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Canadian Pacific Railway #2317.
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#2317 once pulled fast express and luxury Pullman cars across Canada.
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Canadian Pacific Railway #2317.
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Balwdwin #26, a switch engine, it is the only one in the Steamtown collection.
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Baldwin#26 still switches Steamtown's locomotives and cars from track to track.
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Baldwin #26.
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There was no information available about #3254.
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Spang, Chalfant & Company #8.
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A locomotive broken apart in order to see what makes it tick.
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Grandpa Roy talking to another vet. They could have swapped stories all day.
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Rutland Caboose #28.
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Grandpa Roy explores inside Rutland Caboose #28.
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The interior of Rutland Caboose #28.
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The caboose was the conductor's office and the living quarters for the remainder of the crew.
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Caboose #28 was built around 1920.
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Grandpa Roy peers round the end of Caboose #28.
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Apparently Grandma Bert was making sure he could get out of Caboose #28.
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View of a firebox reconstructed inside the museum.
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