Todd's Railfan Guide to
the Electric City Trolley Museum
Scranton PA



In General

Location / Name:
     the Electric City Trolley Museum
     Scranton PA

What's Here:
     Excellent displays of vintage streetcars.
     Very good display of the physical infrastructure of a trolley system, power panels, signals, etc.
     Co-located with Steamtown.


     GPS Coordinates: 41.409623,-75.673195

     300 Cliff Ave, Scranton PA   18503

Access by train/transit:

     The Trailways bus terminal is almost right across Lackawanna St from the entrance to the museum.  Map below.
     There is no Amtrak or commuter train service for Scranton.
     Local bus service is provided by COLT Bus (County of Lackawanna Transit System)


The Scoop:

The Electric City Trolley Museum is a great museum, and shines out above most other trolley museums.

In 2006, they extended their line by 2000 feet to Moosic, and built a new carbarn for restoration work.

The museum runs on track originally owned by the  Lackawanna and Wyoming Valley RR, now owned by Lackawanna County, and operated by the Delaware Lackawanna RR.  The rides include a trip through the Crown Ave tunnel!  At 4747 feet long, it was one of the longest interurban tunnels in the United States.

At one time, Steamtown, in all of infinite wisdom, would not let the ECTM "pass through" their property so the museum could not offer rides to visitors.  We are all glad that Steamtown's management has seen the light and reversed that stupid decision, for it is one of the best rides going out there!


Thanks to Denver Todd for his help with my railfan guides and suggesting welcome changes to help all ya'll.

Websites and other additional information sources of interest for the area:

More info on their website at: http://www.ectma.org/
My railfan guide to Scranton is located here
Bus info http://www.coltsbus.com/
Trailways schedule: http://www.martztrailways.com/schedules-from-scranton.asp

Pictures and additional information is always needed if anyone feels inclined to take 'em, send 'em, and share 'em, or if you have something to add or correct.... credit is always given! Contact info is here

Getting Here

Generally, find your way to I-81.  Take the exit for the Central Scranton Freeway, I believe it is exit 184.

This will dump you onto Pittston Ave, and a bridge going over Roaring Brook.

When you finally reach a traffic light, go straight, this is Spruce Ave.  You can take this all the way to the end (Mifflin Ave), where you'll want to hang a left, or you can take any of the other left turns and go over two blocks to Lackawanna Ave, where you want to take a right.

When Lackawanna starts going down a hill, the entrance to the trolley museum and Steamtown will be on your left.

If you're coming in from the north via I-81, hop off at exit 191, and take US11 - the N Scranton Freeway south.

You can either get off at Providence Road, taking a right at the bottom of the ramp, to Lackawanna, hang a left, and the entrance will be on your right, OR, you can cross the river, and then take a right onto Mifflin, and then a right onto Lackawanna.

  Greyhound and Trailways Terminal

  COLTBus downtown area map.

General Pictures



Signals and Tech Stuff





All above pictures taken 9JAN2009

A picture from their website.

You catch the trolleys here for the ride down to PNC Field, the end of the line.

The north tunnel portal.

The southern tunnel portal, view 1, with trolley.

The southern tunnel portal, view 2.

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New 8/29/2011
Last Modified: 02-Jan-2014