HBO’s Backyard Train for WNEP Arrives at Trolley Museum in Scranton

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SCRANTON -- The massive backyard train from HBO's "Last Week Tonight" with John Oliver arrived in Scranton Friday afternoon.

It took hours and a big truck to get the job done.

Newswatch 16 followed a giant trailer to the warehouse in Secaucus, New Jersey to see it packed up and brought home.

Piece by piece, the now famous "irresponsibly large" train from "Last Week Tonight" with John Oliver was loaded up and sent home to Scranton.

Last Sunday, the host of the HBO series showed off the train and told WNEP to come and get it, so we did.

Our determination to do so surprised some of the stagehands at the warehouse.

"I was surprised," said warehouse manager Ken Sigler. "I didn't think it was going to go anywhere and then we got the call."

The bigger pieces were layered onto four long carts; smaller parts were put into boxes.

With the help of Road Scholar Transport from Dunmore and Hale Trailer from Jessup, the prop was able to make the journey from New Jersey to Scranton.

"The city really needed this and it belongs here, and hopefully, it will bring more attention to Steamtown and the area," said Hale Trailer general manager Kevin Zwick.

It took about two hours to load it into the truck -- no surprise considering it's 16 feet tall and 18 feet wide when it's all put together.

"Oh, it was a long day but it's done and the job is complete. It's going to be nice when it's all done," said Mike Duffy, Road Scholar Transport.

A lot of hands were used to move this gigantic train set. Most of it is made from very delicate materials. some of it is made of wood, but a lot of it is made of foam. It's one of the big reasons why it can't stay in the backyard.

The train set was brought to the Electric City Trolley Museum in Scranton where it will eventually go on display after it's put together sometime next week.



  • I believe in hope

    I hope the train derails and breaks. I hope the foam absorbs humidy and falls apart. I hope the paint fades fast. I hope the tunnel caves in. I hope the bridge buckles. I hope Jewish lightning hits the little building on top. Scranton doesn’t deserve this. Scranton deserves nothing other than joblessness poverty!

  • Givemeabreak

    Send it back! We don’t need trains from those Hollywood Librul elitist. We only ride the Trump train here in NEPA. Who do these people think they are with their high priced trains acting all high and mighty.

  • Don't Call me Surely

    I really do not care about your train, nor your politics. But I usually read the comments for different opinions as I know you have edits and schedules to deal with. There was a positive story about a kid cutting the grass at the White House with comments disabled, but I can either criticize you here and get deleted, or say something nice and my message stays in reflection. Isn’t that the opposite of being what a reporter is? Aren’t you just being a dick? Too your neighbors that have a different opinion, to the communities that you are supposed to serve with the moniker that you have chosen? Fancy doesn’t fix broken. Maybe those tax dollars that we spend would have been better used to fix the roads your train traveled upon?

    • Lloyd Schmucatelli

      Amen! That kid cutting the White House lawn simply shows that there is still a glimmer of hope for the future.

      Of course the comment section is shut down on that!!!

      • Look in the Mirror

        Glimmer of hope? The message is that it is somehow “noble” to work for little or no wages. That’s the gop’s message to American workers. Sad.

      • Lloyd Schmucatelli

        No. The message is to have the dedication and perseverance to do what it takes to get the job done.

        That’s the framework for building a business in America versus the “I’m owed a living, crying and sniffling, they took our jobs!”, American worker.

        The message is responsibility, not entitlement.

        The kid was proud to do it for free. The lefties would have balked at doing it for minimum wage!

        That’s the FN difference!

        Anymore empty arguments that you’d like me to completely destroy for you?

      • Don't Call me Surely

        I’m almost positive that they will use the train as a prop in another “hate crime” that they devise themselves. It is getting kind of pathetic at this point dealing with the ambitions of masochists. The majority can see what they are doing and mostly ignore their activities. Then they encroach on others’ livelihoods to further their inadequacies until a certain point is reached. They act like kicking and screaming kids that didn’t get the toy they wanted while regular people are awakening to this fact as they are loosing their own personal freedoms and sustenance. They have some moral code or direction if they turned off the comments on that story however. Think about the possible comments, and what they would have to delete. “Let me call my teacher instead of thinking for myself” mindset. This system is bunk. A lot of people are lapping up the broth of the s*it stew until they see the ingredients.

      • Look in the Mirror

        What argument? The message is clear. American workers are considered slaves to corporate America . There are thousands of lawsuits against Trump for not paying people , using his legal staff to break these people and then settling for pennies on the dollar. Of course Trump loves this kid– a new generate of slave labor for him and his ilk.

  • Buck Rogers

    You can seal foam. You can weatherize it. This wasn’t supposed to go in the trolly museum it’s supposed to go in the backyard.

  • Allen

    Way to go WNEP!… This whole adventure sounded so stupid and off the wall that ya kinda had to go get this thing. As crazy as it sounds, I bet a LOT of people here in NEPA are actually going to enjoy seeing this monstrosity. Good call on taking it back to the area! I look forward to seeing it advertised on a tri-fold tourist rack near me.

    • Mary Yakely

      I think that anyone who complains about anyone, or anything should just change the channel and let the rest of us enjoy everything. No one says that they have to watch.

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