Lackawanna Railfest 2008 at Steamtown NHS
SCRANTON, PA – Steamtown National Historic Site, downtown Scranton, is the place to be this Labor Day weekend, August 29 through August 31, as the National Park Service partners with several regional rail preservation groups to host "Lackawanna Railfest 2008"!
This year's event is designed to highlight major advances in railroad technology by contrasting a variety of modern and historic rail equipment and to educate the public on the amazing technological and environmental advances in the industry over the last 10 years. Participating railroads include Amtrak, Canadian Pacific Railway, the Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad, Norfolk Southern Railroad, the Erie Lackawanna Dining Car Society and the Sperry Rail Car Corporation.
The event will "kick-off" Friday, August 29 with a banquet at the Hilton Hotel and Conference Center. The banquet will be hosted by the Lackawanna & Wyoming Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, celebrating their 35th anniversary. Reservations are required and may be made by contacting Mary Jane Hosler at (570) 689-7760 prior to August 21.
A special "Whistle Stop" excursion, from Cresco to Steamtown NHS, is scheduled for Saturday, August 30. The "Whistle Stop" excursion will be pulled by historic diesel locomotives, and board passengers at various stations along the former Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad's historic Pocono Mainline. Guests may disembark at either of two stops: at the Radisson at Lackawanna Station Hotel to walk to Scranton's Courthouse Square area for food, fun and music at La Festa Italiana, or at Steamtown National Historic Site to visit the Railfest activities. The return-trip "Whistle Stop" excursion will depart from Steamtown at 4:00 p.m. and from the Radisson at Lackawanna Station Hotel at 4:15 p.m.
- from Cresco, $41 for adults 17 to 61, $36 for seniors 62 and older, and $20 for children ages 6-16. Children 5 and younger require a "no-charge" ticket.
- from Tobyhanna or Gouldsboro, $31 for adults 17 to 61, $26 for seniors 62 and older, and $20 for children ages 6-16. Children 5 and younger require a "no-charge" ticket.
- from Moscow, $21 for adults 17 to 61, $19 for seniors 62 and older, and $15 for children ages 6-16. Children 5 and younger require a "no-charge" ticket.
Special shuttle bus service will operate between the Radisson Hotel, the Hilton Hotel and Steamtown and will be offered at no charge to allow visitors to enjoy both Lackawanna Railfest 2008 and La Festa Italiana on Saturday and Sunday.
Additionally, a steam powered excursion will depart Steamtown NHS at 1:00 p.m. for Moscow. This excursion will return to the Park at approximately 3:30 p.m. Tickets for the Moscow excursion are $21 for adults 17 to 61, $19 for seniors 62 and older, and $15 for children ages 6-16. Children 5 and younger require a "no-charge" ticket.
In addition to the excursions, the Park will have numerous activities occurring on Saturday and Sunday, including the steam-powered "Scranton Limited" short train rides, special interpretive programs, caboose rides, tours of Amtrak Superliner equipment and the Norfolk Southern Exhibit Car, tours of a restored Nickel Plate railroad sleeper and an Erie Lackawanna dining car and a close up look at a variety of vintage and modern rail equipment. Additionally, the Union Pacific #4012 "Big Boy" locomotive cab will be open to the public, and the Locomotive Shops will be open for self-guided tours. Special guest speakers have also been invited to join in the festivities with theater presentations on each of the Railfest days.
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); then, follow the signs to the main entrance at Lackawanna and Cliff Avenues.
Train excursion reservations may be made by phoning (570) 340-5204 daily, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. General park information is available by phoning (570) 340-5200 during regular business hours, or by visiting the Park website, www.nps.gov/stea anytime!
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Did You Know?
The Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad opened a new passenger depot in 1908. It included a Tiffany stained-glass ceiling, Italian and Austrian marble, and a terrazzo marble floor. You can learn more about this, and other, railroad architectural landmarks at Steamtown NHS. More...