All Aboard the Heritage Explorer Train!

Heritage Explorer Train

A ride on the the Heritage Explorer Train has become a beloved summer tradition for families in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

The Annual Heritage Explorer Train – Saturday, August 19, 2017

Old-Fashioned Fun for the Whole Family! 

On Saturday, August 19, families are invited to board the Heritage Explorer Train at Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton and travel in grand, old-fashioned style to Pioneer Days in Carbondale.

This program is sponsored by Lackawanna Heritage Valley (LHV), the City of Carbondale, the Greater Carbondale Chamber of Commerce, Lackawanna County Library System, Carbondale YMCA, Lackawanna County Office of Arts and Culture, Lackawanna Historical Society, and Steamtown National Historic Site.

For more information, visit or contact the Lackawanna County Library System at 570.348.3003.


9:30 a.m. – Boarding begins at Steamtown National Historic Site in downtown Scranton.
10 a.m. – Train departs Steamtown National Historic Site.
11:45 a.m. – Train arrives at the train station in the City of Carbondale.
2:15 p.m. – Boarding begins for the return trip.
2:30 p.m. – Train departs from the Carbondale train station.
4 p.m. – Train arrives back at Steamtown National Historic Site


Tickets are available at all Lackawanna County libraries. Seating is limited for this popular excursion, and tickets sell out quickly!  For tickets, call 570.348.3003 or visit

  • Children 12 and Under – FREE!
  • Adults – $5
  • Seniors 65 and Over – $4

Step back in time with passengers from the Victorian era and musical entertainment!

Free Shuttle Bus
To accommodate passengers from the mid and upper valley, a free shuttle bus is available from Carbondale to Scranton. The bus departs promptly at 9 a.m. from the train station on River Street in Carbondale, and it arrives at Steamtown National Historic Site in time for passengers to board the Heritage Explorer Train. There is no charge for this shuttle service, but passengers must reserve their seats on the bus when they obtain their train tickets from their local library.

Please contact the Lackawanna County Library System at 570.348.3003 or visit