Steamtown NHS Announces 2012 Regular and Special Excursions
Contact: Mark Brennan, 570-340-5244
SCRANTON, Pa. - Summer is just around the corner, and with it comes the train excursion schedule at Steamtown National Historic Site! This year, we'll feature our popular steam trips to Moscow Station and 10 special excursions with historic diesel-powered locomotives. Our seasonal passenger trains help visitors remember the sights, sounds and smells of train travel of yesteryear. For those too young to have had the experience first-hand, these excursions offer the opportunity to learn how most people traveled for work, business and pleasure in a time when minivans and SUVs hadn't been invented.
The Entrance Fee to the grounds at Steamtown is $7.00 per adult, daily, ages 16 and older. Children ages 15 and younger, accompanied by an adult, are admitted to the Park at no cost. All walking tours offered by the Steamtown NHS staff, including museum access and the park movie, Steel and Steam, are included in the Entrance Fee. Excursion fares include the Park Entrance Fee. Reservations must be pre-paid, and tickets are non-refundable unless an excursion is cancelled by Park Management. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Phone (570) 340-5204 to purchase tickets.
Located in downtown Scranton, Pa., Steamtown NHS is open daily from 9:00 a.m. - 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 (GPS: N 41.41, W 75.67). The full 2012 Excursion Schedule is also available to view and print online at www.nps.gov/stea; click "Train Rides." Additional general park information is available by phoning (570) 340-5200 during regular business hours, or by visiting the Park website anytime!
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.