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

    Steamtown

    National Historic Site Pennsylvania

Steamtown NHS Announces 2013 Operating Season, National Park Week Activities

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Date: March 18, 2013
Contact: Harold Hagen, 570-340-5182

SCRANTON, Pa.- Spring is just around the corner and Steamtown National Historic Site is ready to greet the season on Sunday, April 21 when we begin our 2013 train ride season in conjunction with the opening of National Park Week on Monday, April 22!

The popular "Scranton Limited" short train rides return, covering a 3-mile round trip that crosses the Lackawanna River and passes alongside the historic Radisson at Lackawanna Station Hotel.Near the University of Scranton, the train begins its return trip to the roundhouse boarding area.Many topics are covered in the Ranger- or volunteer-led train programs, which last about 30 minutes. The "Scranton Limited" train will operate with historic diesel locomotives during the early part of the season, with departure times scheduled as follows:

Wednesdays - Sundays during April, May, June, September, October and November

10:30 and 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 and 2:15 p.m.

Daily during July and August

10:30 and 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 and 2:15 p.m.

Tickets to ride this train are $5.00 per person, all ages 6 and older, in addition to the daily Park Entrance Fee.For a unique view of the rail yard operations, each departure of the Scranton Limited will allow one rider in the locomotive cab for $35.00.Cab rides are available only to individuals ages 16 and older; locomotive cab rides are not handicap accessible.Turntable demonstrations will be available on rail operations days, and Ranger- or volunteer-led walking tours will be available daily.

Steamtown will celebrate National Park Week from Monday, April 22 thru Friday, April 26, by waiving the $7.00 daily Entrance Fee. All indoor and outdoor exhibit areas and park museum facilities including the Visitor Center, History, Technology and Roundhouse Museums, walking tours and the Park movie, Steel and Steam, are included in the "Fee Free" days.The "Scranton Limited" short train rides will also operate daily during National Park Week, but are not included in the "Fee Free" event.First celebrated in 1994, National Park Week was designated by Presidential Proclamation to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the National Park Service.This year, Steamtown will join the nation's other 397 National Park Service sites in celebrating the many ways in which our national treasures enrich the lives of so many people in so many ways.

Located in downtown Scranton, Pa., Steamtown NHS is open daily from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. through April 6; beginning April 7, park hours will return to 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).Additional general park information is available by phoning (570) 340-5200 during regular business hours, or by visiting the Park website at www.nps.gov/stea anytime!

- Digital images for media purposes are available upon request -

Did You Know?

USS Olympia

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.