Steamtown NHS Celebrates Memorial Day Weekend with Excursions, Films!
Scranton, PA – The region’s Memorial Day Weekend events will be enhanced this year with two steam-powered passenger excursion trains departing from Steamtown National Historic Site in downtown Scranton, along with special film presentations at the Park!
On Saturday, May 26, we will depart Scranton at 11:00 a.m. for a trip to Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania. This 4-hour roundtrip excursion rolls past historic buildings, through a tunnel, along a mountain stream, past two reservoirs and through beautiful Pennsylvania woodlands. This small village, nestled in the Pocono Mountains, boasts a restored passenger-freight station built in 1908. On Sunday, May 27, departing Scranton at 1:00 p.m., we’ll head to Moscow, Pennsylvania. This 2-hour roundtrip passenger excursion travels along the same scenic route to this small town, nestled in the Pocono Mountains. Moscow boasts restored passenger and freight stations built in 1904. Both trains are scheduled to return to Scranton at approximately 3:00 p.m., and light refreshments will also be available at both stops. Reservations can be made by calling 570-340-5204.
Ticket prices are based upon destination as follows:
The Park will also present a special documentary, “The Tragedy of the 109th”, in partnership with regional PBS affiliate, WVIA Productions. On Monday, September 11, 1950 tragedy struck the entire state of Pennsylvania. Shortly before daybreak, a train carrying nearly five hundred 28th Division soldiers from northeastern Pennsylvania had stopped along the tracks near West Lafayette, Ohio. Suddenly, despite warning flares that had been set along the tracks behind the last car, a crack passenger train, “Spirit of St. Louis”, crashed into the rear of the troop train at sixty miles an hour. In an instant, a peaceful scene had been transformed into unbelievable horror. We will present the film "The Tragedy of the 109th" in memory of this horrific event, on Sunday, May 27 at 10:00 a.m., and 12:30 and 3:00 p.m. As a bonus feature, we will also present “Troop Trains”, a brief archival film produced by the Office of War Information during World War II.
On Monday, Memorial Day, the “Scranton Limited” short train rides in the Steamtown yards will operate with a steam-powered locomotive at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 and 2:15 p.m. The cost for the short train rides is $3.00 per person, all ages 6 and older. Additionally, we will also offer our Locomotive Cab Ride program. This new feature, available only on days that the “Scranton Limited” short train rides operate with a steam locomotive, offers an opportunity to ride with an engineer and fireman aboard a historic steam locomotive. Cost is $30.00 per person, ages 15 and older; restrictions apply – check our website for more details.
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. The $6.00 daily Park Entrance Fee (all ages 16 and older) is included in the cost of the excursion ticket. Additional details regarding interpretive and educational programs and activities may be obtained by calling (570) 340-5200 or toll free (888) 693-9391, or by visiting the Steamtown web site at www.nps.gov/stea.
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Did You Know?
Elijah J. McCoy, a brilliant African-American mechanical engineer, invented an automatic lubricator cup (or drip cup) for steam locomotives and other machines. It worked so well that inspectors, when checking in a new piece of machinery, would ask, "Is it the real McCoy?" More...