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

    Steamtown

    National Historic Site Pennsylvania

“Pumpkin Express” Excursions Double in 2010

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Date: September 7, 2010
Contact: Mark Brennan, 570-340-5244

SCRANTON, PA – The Lackawanna & Wyoming Valley Chapter, NRHS, will sponsor Steamtown NHS "Pumpkin Express" train rides to Moscow on Saturday, October 2. This year, the special children's-themed excursions will double the fun with departures from the Excursion Boarding Platform in downtown Scranton at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Planned activities at the Moscow Station stop include:
- Photo opportunities with a haystack, "Farmer Bob" and the train crew
- Jolly Holly Balloon Twister, who will make your favorite animal
- Face painting
- Apple bobbing
- Fall craft kit making
- Giveaways, including a small pumpkin to each child

There will be plenty of fall decorations, and an HO model railroad layout will be on public display in the former Freight House. A Lionel-scale model layout will also be displayed in the former passenger station. The NRHS Chapter plans to sell apple cider, donuts, hot chocolate, hot dogs and snacks. In the event of inclement weather, some of the outside events and decorations will be moved indoors to the Freight House.

Reservations are required! Ticket sales opened on April 12, and are priced at $21.00 for adults 17 to 61, $19.00 for seniors 62 and older, and $15.00 for children aged 6-16. Children 5 and younger require a "no-charge" ticket.

Located in downtown Scranton, Pennsylvania, Steamtown NHS 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 signs to the main entrance at Lackawanna and Cliff Avenues. Excursion reservations may be made by phoning (570) 340-5204 daily, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. All major credit and debit cards are accepted. Additional Park information may be obtained by calling (570) 340-5200 or toll free (888) 693-9391 during business hours, or by visiting the Steamtown NHS web site anytime at www.nps.gov/stea.

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Did You Know?

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