Minimal walking throughout the day during field trips at museums and sites; some stairs, periods of standing. Driving approx. 20 miles throughout the day, with stops; about 1 hour.
At the hotel, the breakfast buffet includes hot and cold choices plus milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.
We’ll continue our learning adventure into the history and heritage of Pennsylvania’s railroad culture with a field trip to Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton where we’ll explore the working shop with a National Park Service Ranger. The site exists thanks to a passionate railroading enthusiast, F. Nelson Blount, a New England seafood entrepreneur who assembled a large collection of standard-gauge steam locomotives and freight and passenger cars beginning in the 1950s. Following his death, a non-profit organization, the Steamtown Foundation for the Preservation of Steam and Railroad Americana, Inc., brought the collection to Scranton where it occupies about 40 acres of the railroad yard of the former Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, one of the earliest rail lines in northeastern Pennsylvania. From the National Park Service: “The Steamtown Collection consists of locomotives, freight cars, passenger cars, and maintenance-of-way equipment from several historic railroads. The locomotives range in size from a tiny industrial switcher engine built in 1937 by the H.K. Porter Company for the Bullard Company, to a huge Union Pacific ‘Big Boy’ built in 1941 by the American Locomotive Company (Alco). The oldest locomotive is a freight engine built by American Locomotive Company in 1903 for the Chicago Union Transfer Railway Company.” Next, we’ll have a self-directed exploration at the Electric City Trolley Museum on the same site.
In the former Lackawanna Station, now a hotel, we’ll have a buffet lunch including choice of entree, side dishes, and dessert, plus coffee, tea, water.
Our next field trip will take us to the Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum, which preserves and presents the story of hard coal mining, its related industries, and the immigrant culture of northeastern Pennsylvania. With a museum docent, we’ll learn about people who came to this country and endured harsh working conditions to make a living. We’ll also see exhibits representing varied facets of work, life, and values of the region’s ethnic communities as we see recreations of homes, a pub, and a church.
At the hotel, we’ll choose plated meals from a select menu featuring a variety of dishes, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Next, we’ll be joined at the hotel by a railroad historian from Steamtown who will talk with us about the history of the local railroads in the city of Wilkes-Barre and Scranton. Before retiring for the evening, we will review procedures for check-out and transfer in the morning.