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NRHS Take me out to the Ballgame by Trolley Trip 6/23/2010

by Chris Guenzler

After the Stourbridge Line Excursion, I walked over to the museum where the Stourbridge Lion replica is displayed and paid $5 to see it. This locomotive was the first steam engine to operate in the United States.

My first picture of the Stourbridge Lion.

The wheels of the Stourbridge Lion.

Rear views of the Stourbridge Lion.

Two views of the Stourbridge Lion.

A Delaware & Hudson Passenger Car. I walked back to Bus #1 and it left within three minutes of me boarding. It was a quicker trip back to Scranton and I returned to the Radisson. I showered and changed clothes before putting the camera's pictures from today's trip into the computer and uploading them. I then walked towards the Hilton but saw the group already walking over to the trolley for our trip to the Ballgame.

The group boarding the Trolley 75.

Trolley 75 was built in 1926 for Philadelphia. It was used in Western Surburban Service. Our route would be over the old Laurel Line which was 19 miles connecting Scranton with Wilkes Barre.

The Lackawanna Station Tower before we left our boarding location.

Inside of Trolley 75.

Madid Rite Steak Company in the old Laurel Line Freighthouse.

Our trip to the Ballpark started.

The old Laurel Line Freighthouse.

Looking back.

Siding to another Boarding Platform.

We ran along a creek in a concrete channel.

Looking back with the Lackawanna Radisson in this view.

The Delaware- Lackawanna Railroad serves this pellet industry.

There is an old coal mine along the route.

View looking back.

We crossed the Roaring Brook.

The train entered the mile long Laurel Line Crown Avenue Tunnel.

Exiting the Laurel Line Crown Avenue Tunnel.

We then entered and passed through this modern tunnel.

Our trolley went under Interstate 81.

Views looking behind.

We crossed a little creek.

We took this curve.

Crossing another little creek.

Looking back.

This siding is used as a run around track.

Another small creek bridge.

This track leads to a switch back up the hill to the major industry on the line.

The old Erie Line which was the same line we rode in Honesdale.

Views looking back.

We curved off the freight line to head on the trolley only line to the PNC Park.

Tight curves along this part of the line.

The Lackawanna Visitor Center is built like a train station.

More tight curves took us up the hill to PNC Park where we detrained. Everyone else was given a tour of the car barn while I walked over to PNC Park. Our tickets were in the Third Base Party Box.

PNC Park in Scranton.

Just before the game started.

The first out of the game.

Our group in the Third Base Party Box.

I worked on my stories as I watched the game. Plus I had Wireless Internet so I could upload them when I was done.

The Mascot Champ visited us in the Third Base Party Box. The game was between the Pawtucket Red Sox verses the Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees. The Red Sox beat the Yankees by a score of 7-6. We all returned to the trolley for the return trip to Scranton. From there we all walked back to our hotels for the night.

The Electric City Neon Sign looked very good out my window tonight before I called it a night.