Fall Foliage Excursions at Steamtown NHS
Contact: Reservations, 570-340-5204
SCRANTON, Pa. – It's that time of year again!Time to clean and store the grills and search recipes for comfort-food making-and-baking; time to put away the shorts and flip-flops and bring out the jackets, sweaters and hoodies; and time again for Mother Nature to don her most colorful dress for Northeastern Pennsylvania. It's also time for Steamtown National Historic Site to transport visitors through some of the most beautiful fall scenery that the nearby Pocono Mountains have to offer! A total of eight fall foliage excursions, all diesel-powered, are planned for this season. Reservations for all fall foliage excursions open on Tuesday, October 1.
An excursion to Gouldsboro will depart at 11:00 a.m., with a brief stop at Tobyhanna Station on the return trip, on Sunday, October 6, and a trip to Tobyhanna is scheduled for an 11:00 a.m. departure on Sunday, October 20, returning to Scranton at 3:00 p.m. The Gouldsboro Historical Society will dress in "Colonial Times" dress, and will offer station tours and refreshments for sale at Gouldsboro Station, while the Coolbaugh Township Historical Association will have light refreshments for sale at the Tobyhanna Station. Ticket prices for both excursions are $34.00 for adults 16 to 61, $29.00 for seniors 62 and older, and $22.00 for children ages 6-15. Children 5 and younger require a "no-charge" ticket.Limited seating is also available aboard Lehigh Valley Business Car #353 at $75 each, all ages.
Last, but certainly not least, we've planned a special excursion to East Stroudsburg that will depart at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 12, arriving back at Scranton approximately 4:30 p.m.Members of Scranton's Delaney-Delacy Guard, Confederation of Union Generals, will be attired in Civil War-period dress and present a program during the layovers at East Stroudsburg and, on the return trip, at Tobyhanna Station. The programs will help commemorate the Civil War's 150th Anniversary. Tickets are priced at $54, adults 16-61, $49, seniors 62 and older, and $32, children ages 6-15. Children to age 5 require a "no-charge" ticket.
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). Train reservations open on Tuesday, October 1. Phone (570) 340-5204 daily, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; all major credit and debit cards are accepted. 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!
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.