Steamtown NHS Announces 2014 Summer Excursions
Contact: Bill Nalevanko, 570-241-8258
Contact: Train Info & Reservations, 570-340-5204
SCRANTON, Pa. – Steamtown National Historic Site announces an expanded 2014 summer excursion schedule, beginning on Saturday, May 24 and coinciding with a Memorial Day special event at the park titled, "Troops and Trains."
Our opening summer excursion will take place on Saturday, May 24, to Jessup, Pennsylvania for a taste of the borough's "St. Ubaldo Day" family-friendly festivities. This Italian heritage festival, "La Festa dei Ceri," ("Race of the Saints") is hosted in only two places in the world – Gubbio, Italy and Jessup, Pa.! The festival, held in Italy since 1160, was brought to the Mid-Valley community by immigrant Italians from the Perugia province of Italy in the early 20th century. The trip will depart Steamtown at 12:30 p.m. and return at 4:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $24.00 for adults 16 to 61, $22.00 for seniors 62 and older, and $17.00 for children aged 6-15. Children 5 and younger require a "no-charge" ticket, and all children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Excursion reservations may be made by phoning (570) 340-5204 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. daily.
Additionally, on Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25, the park will pay tribute to American servicemen and women during the park's special Memorial Day "Troops and Trains" event. Displays of historic World War II-era equipment and vehicles, along with a military encampment set up on park grounds, will showcase numerous items used by our military and be staffed by re-enactors who will explain to visitors the hardships of life during WWII. Park rangers will also present Living History programs throughout the day.
The popular "Scranton Limited" short train rides will continue to operate on Wednesdays through Saturdays during May and June at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. New this year, on Sundays we offer the "Nay Aug Limited" short train ride that transports visitors to the Nay Aug Gorge and Waterfall National Natural Landmark. Operating on Sundays only, the "Nay Aug Limited" departs at 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Tickets to ride either train cost $5.00 per person, all ages 6 and older. Ranger-led walking tours will also be available daily.
Located in 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) to Lackawanna Avenue; then, follow the signs to the main entrance at Lackawanna and Cliff Avenues. Additional details regarding interpretive and educational programs and activities may be obtained by phoning (570) 340-5200 during business hours or by visiting the Park website at www.nps.gov/stea anytime!
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