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2018 Key Lock & Lantern Convention
June 1-3, 2018 - Scranton, PA
The 2018 Key, Lock & Lantern Convention will be held from Friday, June 1st through Sunday, June 3rd at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel in the former DL&W train station in downtown Scranton, PA. Activities include an excursion to Tobyhanna, PA, Transportation History Exposition, railroadiana fundraiser sale, a banquet with railroad history presentations, visits to Steamtown and the Electric City Trolley Museum, and plenty of time to meet with fellow collectors and transportation history buffs. All railroad enthusiasts are invited to attend. Join us for an enjoyable weekend!
Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel
Hotel Reservations are now open at the convention headquarters Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, with a special KL&L rate of $124 per night plus tax. A limited block of rooms is available at this rate, so make your reservations early. Call the hotel at 570-342-8300 or 866-715-7836 and ask for the Key Lock & Lantern rate.
KL&L Reservations Page at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel - Link will be available soon
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2018 Key, Lock & Lantern Convention Schedule
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Thursday, May 31, 2018

3:00pm - Hotel Check-in

6:00pm - Dinner on Your Own

7:00pm - Informal Social Hour at Platform Lounge

Arrive early to check out the historic Alco Locomotives on the D-L Railroad, visit Steamtown, the Electric City Trolley Museum, and the Marketplace at Steamtown.

Steamtown Electric city trolley museum scranton

Friday, June 1, 2018

10:00am - Open schedule for attendees to visit Steamtown, the Electric City Trolley Museum, and other local historic sites.

6:00pm - Dinner on Your Own

7:00pm - Room Hopping / Early Trading

8:00pm - Key, Lock & Lantern Board Meeting

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Saturday, June 2, 2018

8:00am - Setup & early admission for registered members to the Transportation History Expo.

9:30am - Transportation History Exposition at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel banquet hall opens to visitors.

11:00am - Annual Meeting of Key Lock & Lantern, followed by the railroadiana fundraiser sale.

12:00pm - Box lunches served to table holders. Hotel restaurants open for other attendees.

2:30pm - Transportation History Expo exhibits close.

4:00pm - Lecture on the Delaware-Lackawanna RR & Book Signing by author Tom Nemeth in the the Platform Lounge

5:00pm - KL&L Annual Banquet - cocktail hour followed by dinner served at 6:00pm in the Platform Lounge.

7:00pm - Railroad history programs in the Platform Lounge.

Delaware Lackawanna Railroad Scranton

Sunday, June 3, 2018

9:30am - Excursion train on Delaware-Lackawanna RR to the summit of the Poconos at Tobyhanna, PA. Lunch stop at Tobyhanna, where passengers can picnic or order food (details TBA). Tour of the DL&W signal tower at Tobyhanna & other museum stops TBA. Returns to Scranton at approximately 4:00pm. Boarding is behind the hotel at 9:45am with departure at 10:00am. This trip uses the freight railroad's equipment, with no onboard food service, and climbing steps is required. Seats available in a former EL/NJT commuter coach (with power/AC this year), a restored caboose, or a parlor/observation car.

5:00pm - Informal dinner with other KL&L members at the hotel, followed by social hour for those staying overnight.


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If you have any questions, contact KL&L President Dave Hamilton at or KL&L Chairman John Brainard at
Please See Convention Policies on Registration Page.
Key, Lock & Lantern holds its annual meeting and convention each year in the northeast, where the group's first railroadiana swap meet was held in 1973. The KL&L Convention is different from railroad hobby shows, as it is a smaller gathering of serious historians and collectors, where sharing knowledge is equally as important as trading memorabilia. While a fair amount of railroadiana changes hands at the swap meet and auction, the most valuable aspects of the convention are the educational and networking opportunities. Photos of recent conventions are posted on our Facebook Page & Flickr Page.


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