“Americana Freedom” Excursion to Gouldsboro – Tobyhanna Planned at Steamtown NHS
Contact: Mark Brennan, 570-340-5244
SCRANTON, Pa. - July is that summer month that reminds people of American Independence, with themed celebrations scheduled throughout the month. On Saturday, July 14th, Steamtown NHS will operate an "Americana Freedom" passenger train excursion to Gouldsboro and Tobyhanna Stations. This diesel-powered trip is scheduled to depart the Steamtown Boarding Platform at 11 a.m., returning at approximately 3:30 p.m.
Gouldsboro Station volunteers will have men and women in Colonial dress aboard the train to entertain guests with songs and facts from that era taking passengers on a journey into colonial days. On arrival at Gouldsboro Station volunteers in period costumes will greet excursionists and will feature a Game and Craft Tent which will show children how to make crafts that were taught to Colonial Children by Native Americans and listen to stories about how colonial children lived.
Inside the Station there is a museum that interprets the past life and experiences of Gouldsboro's development. While at the Gouldsboro Station, guests will have the opportunity to meet and talk to uniformed re-enactors in Colonial dress. In the kitchen, women will be serving wonderful recipes from the Colonial era, answering questions and offering some wonderful food prepared by station volunteers. The program at Gouldsboro will conclude with a "meets the vets" event where passengers can talk with uniformed military men who served our country and fought for the independence and freedom we all love. An Honor Guard ceremony will occur just prior to the train's departure for beautiful Tobyhanna Station.
Upon arrival at Tobyhanna station, Lackawanna Heritage Valley Ambassador Dominic Keating will offer a newly developed tour of an historic mill that was built as a wagon factory in 1871. The facility also served the Tobyhanna region as a silk mill and, later, a machine shop and boasts manufacturing the first electric tooth brush in the country. The mill is in the process of being converted into a Classic Car Museum. The 45-minute walking tour is expected to take place, rain or shine.
Ticket prices are $34.00 for adults 16 to 61 years old, $29.00 for ages 62 and older and $22.00 for children 6 to 15. Children to age 5 are free with a paying adult, but a ticket is required. Excursion fares include the Park Entrance Fee. Reservations must be prepaid, and tickets are non-refundable unless Park Management cancels an excursion. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Phone (570) 340-5204 to purchase tickets, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm.
Located in downtown Scranton, Pa., Steamtown 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 complete 2012 Excursion Schedule is available to view and print online at www.nps.gov/stea; additional general park information is available by phoning (570) 340-5200 during regular business hours, or by visiting the Park website anytime!
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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.