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Steamtown Sets Railfest Activities

August 9, 2017

Steamtown National Historic Site will be holding a Railfest weekend on Sept. 2 and 3 featuring the theme of the transition from steam to diesel.

Diesel-powered excursions to Moscow, Pennsylvania, will run both days, departing Steamtown at 12:30 p.m. and returning around 3 p.m.

Other excursions will include shorter train rides on the Scranton Limited and an expanded schedule at the Lackawanna County’s Electric City Trolley Museum.

There will also be hand car rides, blacksmithing demonstrations, locomotive shop tours, presentations from railroad publishers, preservation groups, and entertainment by local musicians and other performers.

The Erie-Lackawanna Dining Car Preservation Society will an evening dinner and entertainment activity during after-hours events on Friday and Saturday.

A 7,500-pound 1925-built Whitcomb gasoline-powered locomotive will be on display. It is on loan from the National Museum of Industrial History in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

The Railfest activities and programs are included in the park’s $7 daily entrance fee.

EL Group Prepares, Serves Meal in Moving Diner

April 4, 2016

Members of the Erie Lackawanna Dining Car Preservation Society prepared and served dinner in an EL dining car last month, the first time in more than two decades that a meal was been prepared aboard the car while it was in motion.

The diner used was No. 469, built by Budd in 1949 for the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western and used on its New York-Buffalo, New York, flagship train, the Phoebe Snow.

The SociEL logo2ety served the dinner as the car was rolling on the Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad in Pennsylvania.

The dinner crowd included executives from the DLR, Norfolk Southern, Genesee Valley Transportation, and the Northeast Pennsylvania Regional Rail Authority.

Helping to prepare and serve the meal were students from the Lackawanna College culinary education department.

The EL dining car group purchased the diner in 2010 and volunteers have worked to raise money and restore the care since then.

Previously, the society had served catered meals aboard No. 469 while it was on static display. Future dinners will be hosted aboard the car to raise money for the society.

Further work is needed to make the 469 Amtrak certified so that it can travel farther distances.

The society also is eyeing restoration of dining car No. 741, a Pullman lounge-diner that was used by the Erie and later the EL.