Railfest 2013 at Steamtown National Historic Site
Contact: Kip Hagen, 570-340-5182
SCRANTON, Pa. – Steamtown National Historic Site, downtown Scranton, is the place to be this Labor Day weekend, August 31 and September 1, as the National Park Service joins with several railroads and partners to host "Railfest 2013." Railfest is a celebration of railroading, contrasting yesterday with today!
The fun begins on Saturday, August 314 at 10:00 a.m. with an Opening Ceremony with special event Grand Marshal Ed Rogers, Editor of "Good Times for Seniors" and retired Managing Editor for the Scranton Times-Tribune.
Norfolk Southern Railway, North Shore Railroad, the Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad, the Reading Company Technical Historical Society historic FP-7 locomotives and the Anthracite Railroads Historical Society's F3A locomotives, painted into the former Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad's paint scheme, are planning to provide equipment displays.Planned programs include:
Excursions are planned to Moscow, Pennsylvania on each event day, with historic DL&W-painted F3A diesel locomotives. At Moscow Station, ''photo run-bys" are also scheduled. The excursions will depart the Boarding Platform at 12:30 p.m. each day with a planned return to Scranton at approximately 3:30 p.m.Excursion fares 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. For reservations, phone (570) 340-5204, 9:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m. daily.
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Did You Know?
A large hard-working steam locomotive can use up to 6 tons of coal in about an hour. The fireman (the one who shovels the coal) might shovel 200 pounds of coal a minute! This is why railroads helped design mechanical stokers. Learn more about railroad jobs at Steamtown NHS in Scranton, PA. More...