Lackawanna & Wyoming Valley Railway Historical Society


Story and photos by member Edward M. Koehler Jr.

L&WV Chapter members gathered at the Moscow station on “Black Friday,” November 23, 2018 to assist Santa Claus with the travelers on two excursion trains  operated from Steamtown.  The train consisted of  two classic EMD F3’s repainted in Delaware, Lackawanna and Western colorsp; an unheated baggage-coach combine from the Central Railroad of New Jersey; and the three converted DL&W multiple unit cars that now have propane heating. 

The two trains were sold out as were the two operated the following day (Saturday) and the one on Sunday.  Each of these trains were met by Santa Claus – who had temporarily moved the North Pole to the Moscow Freight House for the weekend – and Chapter members who offered crafts and sold snacks and gifts to the excursionists; all for the benefit of raising funds for the restoration of Boston and Maine #3713 (

Behind ‘DL&W’ 663 the first holiday excursion train arrives in Moscow with Santa Claus greeting the passengers from the freight house platform. – Photo by Edward M. Koehler, Jr.
‘DL&W’ 663 looking resplendent in its colors stands with the excursion train at the Moscow platform. Photo by Edward M. Koehler, Jr.
The ‘snack bar elves’ standing ready to serve the excursionists. Photo by Edward M. Koehler, Jr.
Inside the kitchen another group of ‘elves’ kept the supplies of hot dogs, hot chocolate, and coffee flowing. Photo by Edward M. Koehler, Jr.
With the locomotives running around the train, ‘DL&W’ 664 was on the head end for the westbound return to Scranton. Photo by Edward M. Koehler, Jr.