2011 Holiday Events at Steamtown NHS
Contact: Mark Brennan, 570-340-5244
SCRANTON, Pa. -Steamtown National Historic Site, downtown Scranton, is pleased to announce upcoming holiday events beginning with Veterans Day weekend, Friday, November 11 through Sunday, November 13! All visitors will be guests of the Park, with entrance fees waived on these days. It's another way to express our nation's gratitude to the men and women who continue to give their all to protect our country.
On December 3rd and 4th a live steam garden railroad will be on display and visitors can ask questions about this very unique hobby.
On December 10th and 11th, Steamtown will host an "Ask the Expert" session, on Saturday from 11 am to 1 pm and on Sunday from 1 pm to 2 pm. Visitors will have the opportunity to ask questions about the challenges of repairs and other common problems associated with maintaining a model train collection.
And finally December 17th and 18th is "Lionel Days", where experts will present a 1950's Lionel Christmas display with a surprise visit from Santa on both days between 11 am and 1 pm. Special Model Train themed documentaries and films will be viewed throughout the event in the park's theater.
The "Scranton Limited" short train rides will continue operating Wednesdays through Sundays until Friday, December 2. Check the park's website for operating times for these 30-minute train rides, which will operate with a historic diesel locomotive on Wednesdays. There is an additional charge of $5.00 for this ride. Admission to the National Park grounds at Steamtown is $7.00 per adult, daily, ages 16 and older. Children under age 15, accompanied by an adult, are admitted to the Park at no charge. The daily Entrance Fee includes parking and access to the outdoor grounds, the museum complex, walking tours, and the Park movie "Steel and Steam."
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. 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.
Did You Know?
Many railroads, particularly Eastern roads, used anthracite coal for locomotive fuel during the early steam era. During World War I, the US Navy and the Allied Forces used anthracite coal to power the steam boilers of warships such as Admiral Dewey's USS Olympia, which is berthed at the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia. Burning anthracite resulted in low-smoke emissions from steamship boilers and gave the Allies a strategic opportunity to close-in on the enemy in a battle. With anthracite coal diverted to the war effort, locomotive builders adapted to using bituminous coal in their future designs.