Steamtown National Historic Site Increases Access

Effective immediately, visitors now have access to the following indoor areas between 10 am – 4 pm:

History Museum, Louisville & Nashville Railway Post Office Car; Erie Business Car, Cut-A-Way exhibit, Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Box Car; and Rutland Caboose.

The reopening of these areas is a welcome addition to the roundhouse, railyard, and grounds which continue to remain open.

Just as an FYI for you all, not to be published on social media just yet: the visitor center, theater, and remaining portions of the technology museum will have longer term closures until our heating system can be permanently fixed.  We do not have an anticipated reopening date for these spaces. We will be setting up a TV and small viewing area for the “Steel and Steam” movie on the third floor of the History Museum and beginning in May, will have an information desk staffed by volunteers. We will need to work with our NPS regional and national communications offices to develop a Press Release or official statement with an update on the building closures and heating systems.

Steamtown Celebrates National Park Week 2023 starting Saturday, April 22

We’ll mark this celebration with cab tours of the Union Pacific “Big Boy,” ranger-guided programs, and locomotive shop tours.  Please see attached flyer for program details throughout the week.

Guided tours of the locomotive shop are planned to be offered daily at 12noon throughout the summer.

Summer Hours begin Monday, April 24

Steamtown will be open from 9am-5pm, daily.

Train Rides resume for 2023 on Thursday, May 11

Short Train Rides

  • Our short train rides, the Scranton Limited or Caboose Experience, will operate Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, as staffing permits. Departure times are: 10:30am11:30am1:15pm, and 2:30pm.
  • Tickets are $6.00 for adults and kids over the age of 5; kids 5 and under are $1.00Tickets must be purchased on-site at the Information Kiosk, the day of your visit. Tickets are valid all day and for ANY departure time on the date of purchase.
  • Seating availability is first come, first served; we recommend getting in line 15-20 minutes ahead of scheduled departure time.
  • The Caboose Experience will be offered in lieu of the Scranton Limited on dates we offer longer excursion rides, as staffing permits.

Excursions – view 2023 schedule (bottom of page)

  • Pricing varies depending on the destination:
    • Adult (ages 12-61) $25.00-$55.00;
    • Senior (ages 62+) $23.00-$50.00;
    • Youth (ages 3-11) $18.00-$33.00;
    • Child (ages 2 and under) $1.00.
  • Tickets for our Summer Excursions may now be purchased in advance online through Additionally, for those not comfortable with the platform, excursion tickets may be purchased on-site at the Information Kiosk. All ticket sales will be credit card only.
    • Tickets for our Summer Excursions (May-Aug) now available.
    • Tickets for our Autumn Excursions (Sep-Oct) will be released 90 days before the excursion date.

Railfest – Saturday, June 17, 2023

Save the date!  Details are still being ironed out, but we will be hosting our event to celebrate the industrial heritage of the area in conjunction with Anthracite Heritage Museum’s Arts on Fire event at the Scranton Iron Furnaces.  A free shuttle will be available to provide transportation between sites.  We have also put out a request for proposals from Mobile Food Vendors for the event, please spread the word. More information here.

As with all events and programming at Steamtown NHS, items identified above are subject to change and cancellation.  Our website is the best place for the most up to date information: Alerts & Conditions – Steamtown National Historic Site (U.S. National Park Service) (