• An engineer inspects the running gear of a steam locomotive at Steamtown NHS

    Steamtown

    National Historic Site Pennsylvania

Steamtown NHS Announces Fall Foliage Excursions

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Date: September 11, 2009

SCRANTON, PA – Perhaps the busiest time of year in Northeastern Pennsylvania is the fall foliage season.  As nature prepares to display her most colorful outfit for the year, Steamtown National Historic Site, downtown Scranton, is planning to transport visitors through some of the most beautiful fall scenery in the nearby Pocono Mountains.  Eight steam-powered train trips will leave the downtown railroad yard for three popular destinations.

Excursions to Moscow will depart the Steamtown NHS boarding platform at 1:00 p.m. on October 3 and 24, and are expected to return at 3:00 p.m.  On October 10, the Park will operate two excursions:  “My Little Pumpkin Express,” a special trip especially for the children, will depart at 11:00 a.m., returning at 1:00 p.m., followed at 2:00 p.m. by our regular “fall foliage” excursion.  The Lackawanna & Wyoming Valley Chapter, NRHS, which leases the former Moscow passenger station and freight house, will offer light refreshments for sale during the train’s layover.  Moscow excursion tickets are priced at $21.00 for adults 17 to 61, $19.00 for seniors 62 and older, and $15.00 for children aged 6-16.  Children 5 and younger require a “no-charge” ticket.

Excursions to Tobyhanna, a village atop the Pocono Mountains, are planned for October 4, 11, 18 and 25.  The Coolbaugh Township Historical Association and the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority will conduct brief walking tours during the one-hour layovers, and will have also feature light refreshments for sale.  Additionally, the October 11 excursion will  include a brief layover at the Gouldsboro Station.  Departure from the Steamtown NHS boarding platform is 11:00 a.m., with an expected 3:00 p.m. return.  Ticket prices for the Tobyhanna excursion are $31.00 for adults 17 to 61, $26.00 for seniors 62 and older, and $20.00 for children aged 6-16.  Children 5 and younger require a “no-charge” ticket.

Additionally, the Park will operate a special excursion to East Stroudsburg on October 17.  This trip will depart the Boarding Platform at 9:00 a.m. and is expected to return at approximately 5:30 p.m.   Ticket prices are $51.00 for adults 17 to 61 years old, $46.00 for ages 62 and older and $30.00 for children 6 to 16. Children 5 and younger require a “no-charge” ticket.   The excursion will also stop to pick up passengers at the restored Cresco station at approximately 10:45 a.m.  Roundtrip fares for the Cresco to East Stroudsburg trip are $21.00 for adults 17 to 61 years old, $19.00 for ages 62 and older and $15.00 for children 6 to 16.  Children 5 and younger require a “no-charge” ticket.

The 30-minute “Scranton Limited” short train rides inside the park boundary will continue to operate on Wednesdays through Sundays, through December 5; they will also operate on Monday, Columbus Day, October 12.  These short train rides depart from the Roundhouse boarding area at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 and 2:15 p.m.  There is a $3.00 additional charge for this ride.  Admission to the National Park grounds at Steamtown is $6.00 per adult, daily, ages 17 and older.  Children under age 16, accompanied by an adult, are admitted to the Park at no charge.  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 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.  Excursion reservations may be made by phoning (570) 340-5204 daily, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 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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