All Aboard the Heritage Explorer Train!


The Annual Heritage Explorer Train – Saturday, August 18, 2018

Old-Fashioned Fun for the Whole Family! 
On Saturday, August 18, families are invited to board the Heritage Explorer Train at Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton and travel in grand, old-fashioned style to the Pioneer Days Ethnic Heritage Festival in Carbondale. On the train, enjoy live music with the Dixieland All-Stars Band as well as games and activities.

In Carbondale, if you remembered your bathing suit, take a swim at the Greater Carbondale YMCA or  have fun in the Bounce House! Take a guided walk along a portion of the newest section of the LRHT, the Carbondale Riverwalk.  Borrow a bike from LHV’s Bike Share program at the YMCA or the Hotel Anthracite.  Tour the historic Trinity Episcopal Church or participate in many other activities at the Park such as a Touch-A-Truck display and Antiques in the Park. Vendors will be open for lunch. Enjoy live music throughout the day.


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 570-282-4281, 570.348.3003 or visit

  • Children 10 and Under – FREE! Must have special ticket.
  • All other tickets are $12.00

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

There will be NO shuttle bus from Carbondale to Steamtown for this excursion.


This program is sponsored by Lackawanna Heritage Valley (LHV), the City of Carbondale, the Greater Carbondale Chamber of Commerce, Lackawanna County Library System, the Greater 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.