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Electric City Trolley Museum

The Electric City Trolley Museum Photo,

The Electric City Trolley Museum is a 501(c)3 organization which according to their mission statement is "dedicated to the preservation, restoration and interpretation of the social and economic developmental role of Electric Railways." Scranton, PA is the perfect location for such a museum since Scranton is known as "Electric City" because it was the first US city to operate a financially sustainable trolley system. Additionally, the largest trolley manufacturer in the world, J.G. Brill Company, was based in Philadelphia so many of the trolleys in the collection are from local and regional transit companies featuring trolleys built by Brill.

For those visiting Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton, you may want to allow enough time to check out the Electric City Trolley Museum located on the same property. Unfortunately, I didn't even know about this little treasure, so we did not allocate an appropriate amount of time to spontaneously add it to our Sunday schedule.

We did however, make a point to check out their outdoor exhibits featuring several vintage trolleys that served the city in the early 20th century. Included in our brief walking self tour were several trolley cars, most dating back to the 1920's. I have attached photos of several to this story.

Had we had enough time to tour the inside museum, we would have had the opportunity to check out a number of displays including replica models of trolleys as well as interactive displays telling Scranton's story as the first trolley line dating back to 1887. In addition to the inside museum, guests can also take a one hour ride when "in season" or for special events such as Toys for Tots and Santa's Trolley Excursion.

While they are open year-round, they do have seasonal hours of operation for both the museum and the trolley excursions. For current information, check out their website at http://www.ectma.org/index.html . Their fee schedule is also posted on the website or feel free to give them a call (570-963-6590).

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