• An engineer inspects the running gear of a steam locomotive at Steamtown NHS

    Steamtown

    National Historic Site Pennsylvania

2010 Whistle Stop Excursion to Steamtown NHS

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Date: June 14, 2010

Scranton, Pa. – Steamtown National Historic Site, downtown Scranton, is the place to be this Labor Day weekend, especially on Saturday, September 4 as the National Park Service offers a “Whistle Stop” special excursion in conjunction with “Railfest 2010”!

Historic diesel locomotives, Reading Railroad FP-7s, which are on temporary loan to the Park this season, will power the special "Whistle Stop" excursion, from Cresco to Steamtown NHS. The "special" will board passengers at two stations, East Stroudsburg and Cresco, along the former Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad’s historic Pocono Mainline. While at the Park, guests may board free trolley bus shuttles to Scranton's Courthouse Square area for food, fun and music at La Festa Italiana before returning to visit Railfest activities at the Park. The return-trip "Whistle Stop" excursion will depart from Steamtown at 4:00 p.m. Ticket sales for this special excursion will open on Monday, June 14 at 9:30 a.m. Excursion reservations may be made at the Park, or by phoning (570) 340-5204 between 9:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

"Whistle Stop" Excursion Schedule
September 4, 2010

DEPARTS

ARRIVES

East Stroudsburg

9:45 a.m.

6:10 p.m.

                       Cresco

10:15 a.m.

5:30 p.m.




Roundtrip fares are as follows:

From East Stroudsburg: $51 for adults 17 to 61, $46 for seniors 62 and older, and $30 for children ages 6-16. Children 5 and younger require a “no-charge” ticket. Limited “First Class” seating aboard Lehigh Valley #353 is $100, all ages.

From Cresco: $46 for adults 17 to 61, $40 for seniors 62 and older, and $25 for children ages 6-16. Children 5 and younger require a “no-charge” ticket. Limited “First Class” seating aboard Lehigh Valley #353 is $100, all ages.

Additionally, a steam-powered excursion will depart Steamtown NHS at 1:00 p.m. to Moscow. This excursion will return to the Park at approximately 3:30 p.m. Tickets for the Moscow excursion are $21 for adults 17 to 61, $19 for seniors 62 and older, and $15 for children ages 6-16. Children 5 and younger require a "no-charge" ticket.

In addition to the excursions, the Park will have numerous activities occurring on Saturday and Sunday, including the steam-powered "Scranton Limited" short train rides, special interpretive programs, tours of Amtrak equipment and the Norfolk Southern Exhibit Car, and a close up look at a variety of vintage and modern rail equipment. Additionally, the Union Pacific #4012 "Big Boy" locomotive cab will be open to the public, and the Locomotive Shops will be open for self-guided tours. Special guest speakers have also been invited to join in the festivities with theater presentations on each of the Railfest days. Steamtown National Historic Site is the only place in the National Park System where the story of steam railroading, and the people who made it possible, is told. In addition to the indoor and outdoor exhibits available at the site, visitors may join a scheduled Locomotive Shop tour. Additional Railfest details and the full 2010 Excursion Schedule is available online at www.nps.gov/stea.

Located in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Steamtown is open daily from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. From I-81 follow exit 185 (Central Scranton Expressway); then, follow the brown and white signs to the main entrance at Lackawanna and Cliff Avenues. Details regarding interpretive and educational programs and activities may be obtained by phoning (570) 340-5200 during regular business hours, or by visiting the Park website at www.nps.gov/stea anytime!

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Did You Know?

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