Riding a train is only one way to explore the legacy of the railroad. At Steamtown, the buildings and environment of the railroad yard are a big part of the story.
These ranger-led hikes are offered at 10 AM and 1PM. Each takes roughly an hour and depart from the Visitor Center Desk. They are included in the Park Entrance Fee. The ability to walk in a railroad environment requires caution, and sturdy footwear... plus a desire to learn about history, economics, engineering and other impacts on society.
There are two different hikes: one tour leads park guests to some of the structures built by the railroad to service the locomotives, the track repair machinery and even the coal industries. Most of the structures are now used by the NPS staff. The second tour explores the Main Line along a short portion of track in the center of Scranton. The turn-around point for this program is the recently restored Mattes Street tower.
Visitors are encouraged to dress for the weather, since both hikes will be outdoors for the duration.