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    Steamtown

    National Historic Site Pennsylvania

Railfest 2014 at Steamtown NHS

Visitors at Railfest 2014
Visitors at Railfest 2014

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News Release Date: June 4, 2014
Contact: Bill Nalevanko, 570-241-8258

SCRANTON, Pa. – Steamtown National Historic Site announces plans to host Railfest 2014 at the park on Saturday and Sunday, August 30 and 31 of Labor Day weekend. The National Park Service site works with numerous partners to present this annual end-of-summer event, which is a celebration of railroading that features visiting railroad equipment displays, special shop demonstrations and, of course, train rides on both days of the event.

Railfest 2014 gets under way at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 30, when Park Superintendent Debbie Conway will present a special Opening Ceremony at the Turntable Plaza.

 Planned exhibitors (tentative) include:

- Amtrak
- Anthracite Hi-Railers O-gauge Model Train display
- Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad
- DL&W Railroad-painted F3 diesel locomotives (Anthracite and Tri-State Railroad Historical Societies)
- Hi-Rail and Trackmobile displays
- Mid Atlantic Motorcars Assoc. "Speeders and Motorcars"
- Norfolk Southern
- North Shore Railroad Company
- Reading, Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad

Planned special programs include:

- Live "Big Band" performances by Ron Leas' Band (Saturday only)
- Caboose Rides
- Lehigh Valley #353 Business Car tours
- Scranton Police Dept. K-9 Unit "Be Part of the Solution" demonstrations
- Special Machine Shop demonstrations
- Turntable Demonstrations
- "Scranton Limited" short train rides on Saturday
- "Nay Aug Limited" short train rides on Sunday
- Union Pacific #4012 "Big Boy" Cab tours

There will be an excursion to Moscow, Pa., on each day, with ''photo run-bys" at Moscow Station. Each trip will operate with historic diesel locomotives.The excursions will depart the Steamtown Boarding Platform at 12:30 p.m., with a planned return to Scranton at approximately 3:30 p.m. Excursion fares are $24 for adults 16 to 61, $22 for seniors 62 and older, and $17 for children ages 6-15, and include the Park's daily Entrance Fee. Children 5 and younger accompanied by an adult require a "no-charge" ticket.

The park is open daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. All Railfest activities and programs are included in the park's $7 daily Entrance Fee for all, ages 15 and older. Fares to ride either the "Scranton Limited" or "Nay Aug Limited" short train rides are $5 per person, all ages 6 and older. All children must be accompanied by an adult. More information about Railfest 2014 is available at www.nps.gov/stea - click on Railfest 2014.

Other event partners include Lackawanna County's Electric City Trolley Museum, which will offer an expanded schedule of trolley rides along a portion of the former Laurel Line. The Anthracite Heritage Museum is also planning special programs daily at the Scranton Iron Furnace State Park. And remember to bring along your appetite for great Italian food and treats as La Festa Italiana takes place at Courthouse Square in downtown Scranton. The County of Lackawanna Transit System (COLTS) will provide free trolley bus service between Steamtown NHS, the Scranton Iron Furnace State Park and La Festa during the park's operating hours on both days. For more information on the Trolley Museum, phone direct (570) 963-6590; for information about the Scranton Iron Furnace State Park site and programs, phone (570) 963-480; information on La Festa Italiana is available at www.lafestaitaliana.org.

Did You Know?

The interior of the Lackawanna Station includes Italian and Austrian marble, and a stained-glass ceiling.

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...