National Park Service

Status of Development at the Steamtown National Historic Site Gao ID: T-RCED-92-6 October 22, 1991

The Steamtown National Historic Site, established in 1986, encompasses about 63 acres of land that formerly comprised a rail yard in Scranton, Pennsylvania. The site is intended to provide year-round facilities and programs to educate visitors about the role of steam railroads in the expansion of the United States. This testimony discusses the status of the site and notes that various uncertainties raise questions about (1) the reliability of the $63 million estimated cost to complete site development, (2) identifying and disposing of hazardous and toxic wastes at the site, and (3) the feasibility of the planned rail excursion lines to surrounding locations.

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