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Reserve Your Seats on One of Our 2017 Holiday Excursions

The Holiday Season is upon us, with family gatherings, shopping and all the festivities. The Erie Lackawanna Dining Car Preservation Society invites you to make some new memories this year aboard one of our Holiday Excursions. This year we will be offering trips from both Scranton and East Stroudsburg, as well as two opportunities to have Dinner with Santa in the Dining Car!

Date Excursion From Departs At Duration Link
Dec 2 Scranton Santa Trains Scranton Various 60 min Click Here for Tickets
Dec 2 Dinner In the Diner Scranton 4:00 PM 60 min Click Here for Tickets
Dec 3 Train to Christmas Past Scranton 1:00 PM 4 hours Click Here for Tickets
Dec 9 Eastburg Santa Trains E. Stroudsburg Various 60 min Click Here for Tickets
Dec 9 Dinner In the Diner E. Stroudsburg 4:00 PM 60 min Click Here for Tickets
Dec 10 Train to Christmas Past E. Stroudsburg 1:00 PM 4 hours Click Here for Tickets


Terror Train! Friday and Saturday October 27 - 28, 2017 | Scranton, PA

Terror Train

Just one week before Terror Train opens! Dare to visit the Terror Train! Two nights only, October 27 and 28, 2017 at 1313 Ridge Row across from the University of Scranton Royal's Tennis courts.

Tour hours are 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM each night and admission is $10.00/person.  Tickets are available on line or at the event


Pop-Up Restaurant, October 14, 2017 | Scranton, PA

Guesting eating dinner

Stop by 30 Lackawanna Ave, Scranton, PA and enjoy lunch or dinner aboard our Phoebe Snow dining car. This will be an open seating event, with many items available for you to choose from. Enjoy soups, salads, lunch sandwiches, and dinner entrées prepared by David Stroka of Catering by David, aboard our 1949 restored diner car!

This is a different dinner event than our typical Dinner In the Diner series, in that advance reservations are not needed. Come find us at the bus terminal on Lackawanna Avenue in Scranton, on October 14, 2017, anytime between 11:00 am and 8:00 pm to be served lunch or dinner on board The Phoebe Snow Diner!

Click here to see the menu


A Mystery with Dinner

Join the Erie Lackawanna Dining Car Preservation Society Labor Day weekend for music, food, and mystery at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel. Pick from an event, on September 2, 2017, and experience the interactive Redhead Speakeasy Mystery produced by Act 1 Productions.

Have dinner on The Phoebe Snow Diner and enjoy the Redhead Speakeasy Mystery.  Enjoy a threeLink to event info and registration course meal in the beautifully restored dining room while you solve the murder mystery.  Click the  "Register Now" button for details and to purchase tickets .  


Head End Power Car Project Launched

ex Amtrak baggage car 1352 in Minerva, OH The Erie Lackawanna Dining Car Preservation Society has accepted the donation of an ex Amtrak baggage car and will build a Head End Power (HEP) car using it. The project will involve the installation of a 350KW diesel generator, power cabling, power connectors, a control system, and the repainting of the car. Once completed, the power car will provide electricity to our coaches, diners, and Pullman cars when operated in a train. The project is estimated to cost $50,000.

For the past six years we have operated events using borrowed and makeshift systems to run the heating, air conditioning and appliances in the cars. Now we have the opportunity to solve the problem of not having our own power source.

This car was originally built by St. Louis Car Company as a US Army kitchen car in 1953. It was rebuilt in the 1970s by Amtrak into a baggage car and numbered 1352. In the 1990s it was sold into private ownership, painted primer red and numbered HVRX 3684 where it was used for storage and a tool car. The car needs some sheet metal work after sitting idle for 20 years, but it is a good platform for a power car. We are seeking to raise the necessary funds through member and public donations. Please help us complete this project as soon as possible by contributing. Donating is easy, just click the PayPal donate button.


Sixth Annual Fire at the Furnace - June 3, 2016

ELDCPS will once again be providing support services for the Fire at the Furnace event at the Scranton Iron Furnaces.

Taking place on Friday, June 3, 2016, this popular event features food, drink, music, and of course iron pouring!

The event will begin at 10am, featuring presentations by artists and film screenings.

The evening festivities will feature music, beverages, cupcakes, and food trucks!

Entry to the event is free, but tickets must be purchased in advance for the 4:30pm BBQ ($15 per person)

For full schedule information, and to purchase tickets for the event, please click the link below.



Information Wanted

African Americans played a critical role in Railroad Dining Car and Pullman operations, and we intend to research this history as part of our project. If you or a family member was employed in these historical dining car or Pullman operations, we would like to hear your personal history.