Besides featuring the ever-important trolley rides, Electric City also has interactive exhibits and interesting artifacts that will excite the young train aficionados.
SCHEDULE OF OPERATION:
(Wednesday through Sunday only - during the Winter) from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, except Christmas, New Years and Thanksgiving Day.
Scranton is known as the Electric City due to its implementation of an electric rail system in 1887 - the first in the region.
We only had a few minutes to look around the Electric City Trolley Museum before we went on the trolley excursion. My kids enjoyed pretending to "take tickets" on one of the vintage trolleys that visitors can board in the museum.
Most notably for families, there is a large room with several hands-on activities that younger children will enjoy. A map of the area is painted on a large train table; the table is equipped with wooden block buildings so that kids can build a city. (There's no train tracks, but there are vehicles.) There's also a small wooden model trolley that kids can play inside. Finally, we all enjoyed taking a turn making a tiny electric trolley go with hand crank to generate energy.
Excursion Trolley Ride
The one hour excursion trolley ride was just perfect during the peak of fall foliage in the area. It's the perfect length for young children. The ride goes through the city just a bit, past the old train station now converted to a hotel, over the gorge in Nay Aug Park and into a long (3-5 minute) tunnel. On the other side of the tunnel, the trolley goes through the forest for a bit before turning around to go back to the station. The trip offers quite a variety of scenery in one hour.
If the train excursion being offered by the Steamtown site does not fit into your schedule on the day of your visit consider the trolley excursion instead.
This museum is smaller than the neighboring Steamtown National Historic Site, but it has more play areas for young children.
The Electric City Trolley Museum shares a parking lot with Steamtown, making onestop shopping for kids who love the rails. This museum tells the story of electric traction and trolley systems in northeastern Pennsylvania. Trolley excursions depart regularly from the same platform as the Steamtown trains and go through the Crown Avenue tunnel. The Children’s Gallery teaches “painless geography” through models set on maps of the area. Kids can generate their own electricity, run a trolley system, and build their own model anthracite communities. The trolley excursion has recently been extended to reach the Lackawanna County Visitor Center.