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    Steamtown

    National Historic Site Pennsylvania

Steamtown NHS Announces 2009 "Holiday Express" Excursions

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Date: October 9, 2009

SCRANTON, PA – Steamtown National Historic Site, downtown Scranton, PA, will offer our popular “Holiday Express” steam-powered excursions to Moscow again this holiday season! Write your "Dear Santa" letter or bring it with you to drop into a special "North Pole" mailbox and then join in the merriment and festivities while meeting Santa at Moscow’s restored passenger and freight stations! Along with songs and stories, members of the Lackawanna & Wyoming Valley Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, will provide fun activities at Moscow. Excursions will depart the Steamtown NHS boarding platform at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 27, Saturday, November 28, and Saturday, December 5, 2009, and are scheduled to return at 2:00 p.m. This popular, family-friendly event costs only $16.00 for ages 17 and older and $10.00 for children ages 1-16. Children 12 months and younger require a "no-charge" ticket. Reservations are required and open on Thursday, October 15.

The "Scranton Limited" short rain rides will continue operating Wednesdays through Sundays until Saturday, December 5.  These 30-minute train rides depart from the Core Complex boarding area at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 and 2:15 p.m., operating with a historic diesel locomotive on Wednesdays. There is a $3.00 charge for this ride, all ages 6 and older, in addition to the daily Park Entrance Fee. The Park Entrance Fee at Steamtown NHS is just $6.00 per adult, ages 17 and older. Children under age 16, accompanied by an adult, are admitted to the Park at no cost. The Entrance Fee includes parking and access to the outdoor grounds, the museum complex, walking tours, and the Park movie, "Steel and Steam."

Located in downtown Scranton, Pennsylvania, Steamtown is open daily from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. From I-81 follow exit 185 (Central Scranton Expressway); then, follow the signs to the main entrance at Lackawanna and Cliff Avenues. Excursion reservations may be made by phoning (570) 340-5204 daily, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Additional Park information may be obtained by calling (570) 340-5200 or toll free (888) 693-9391 during business hours, or by visiting the Steamtown NHS web site anytime at www.nps.gov/stea.

 

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