Special Whistle Stop Excursion to Steamtown NHS
SCRANTON, PA– Steamtown National Historic Site, downtown Scranton, is the place to be this Labor Day weekend, especially on Saturday August 30 as the National Park Service offers its first "Whistle Stop" special excursion in conjunction with "Lackawanna Railfest 2008"!
The special "Whistle Stop" excursion, from Cresco to Steamtown NHS, 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.
Roundtrip fares are as follows:
- 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.
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!
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...