Saturday, 2 July 2011

Steamtown National Historic Site, Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA

This is one of my oldest received official Postcrossing cards - I received it over three years ago! I think that might have been when you were only allowed to have five postcards travelling at the same time so I didn't get many officials back then. Maybe that's why they are so special to me??


This card came from a young boy who had just been to the Steamtown National Park to see lots of old trains. It must have been an awesome place! Old trains look so beautiful and seem to have a lot more character than modern trains. I've seen some in Finland and thought they were really cool, so a bigger place like this must be fantastic.

Steamtown National Historic Site is a railroad museum and heritage railroad located on 25.3 ha in downtown Scranton, Pennsylvania, at the site of the former Scranton yards of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad. The museum is built around a working replica turntable and a roundhouse that is largely a replica but which includes two authentic sections built in 1902 and 1937. All the buildings on the site are listed with the National Register of Historic Places.

On this postcard you can see a Lehigh Valley Caboose 95003, built in 1941. Cabooses served as rolling offices for the conductor, brakemen, and flagmen (freight train workers).

The stamp on top left was issued in 2000 under the theme 'summer sports'. The stamp next to it is from a sheet of 10 stamps issued in 2006, depicting Southern Florida Wetland. The stamp on the bottom, then, is from a set of 8 stamps issued in 1981 (!!!) under the theme 'Space Flights'.

1 comment:

mikehanes said...

The National Railway Museum is a really good place to visit with simply masses to see, spread over a large area - in fact it's quite easy to miss a bit!

steamtown Heritage Rail Museum