A crowd at an outdoor concert at the Pavilion at Montage in Lackawanna County

Train Excursion: D&H Penn Division Explorer


The history of the Anthracite communities goes back 250 years, with the founding of the first towns along the Susquehanna River. It took a while for the hard coal to become marketable, but by the time it was, there was enough demand to keep ten anthracite hauling railroads in business.

This excursion, emphasizing the history of the coal patch towns between Scranton and Archbald, PA, will also include a few stops along the way for exploring remnants of Gravity Slope and other nearby coal processing locations. The only spot where the train will allow people off is in Archbald, along the Lackawanna Heritage Trail, not the boarding platform.

This trip takes the former Delaware & Hudson RR Route, once referred to as their Penn Division. Traces of other railroads are evident along the way. The New York Ontario & Western, Erie, DL&W, the Grassy Island Railroad, D&H Gravity, and even the New York Susquehanna & Western Railroad have remnants in view. 

The train is powered by a historic diesel-electric locomotive or two.


(include admission to Steamtown's grounds and museums)
The park opens at 9:00, closing at 5:00.
  • $24.00 for adults, aged 16 - 61
  • $22.00 for seniors, aged 62 and up
  • $17.00 for children aged 6-16 | Under 6 tickets are no charge
Tickets may be purchased at the park's ticket & information booth, or over the phone at (570) 340-5204
AMEX, Discover, MC, and Visa are accepted for payment. 

This is not considered a handicapped accessible train due to the stop in Archbald. Visitors are encouraged to wear sturdy shoes.
Train Excursion: D&H Penn Division Explorer
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  • Steamtown National Historic Site
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