Steamtown NHS 2008 NPS Week
SCRANTON, PA – Spring is just around the corner and Steamtown National Historic Site is ready to greet the season on Saturday, April 19 when we’ll begin our 2008 Operating Train Ride season in conjunction with National Park Week!
The popular "Scranton Limited" short train rides return, covering a 3-mile round trip that crosses the Lackawanna River and passes the historic Radisson at Lackawanna Station hotel. Near the University of Scranton, the train begins its return to the roundhouse. Many topics are covered in the ranger-led train programs, which last about 30 minutes. The "Scranton Limited" train departure times will vary this year, and are scheduled as follows:
With a historic diesel locomotive on Wednesdays (also Mondays & Tuesdays in July & August ONLY):
10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 and 2:15 p.m.
With a historic steam locomotive on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays:
10:30 and 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 and 2:15 p.m.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the grand opening of the former Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad's new Scranton passenger station in the 700 block of Lackawanna Avenue. The railroad's original passenger station was located in the 100 block of Lackawanna Avenue, but company president William Truesdale decided that the increased travel business in – and the influence of – the "Anthracite Capital of the World" demanded a much larger and opulent structure in downtown Scranton.
Now the Radisson at Lackawanna Station, a luxurious hotel, this magnificent structure is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Steamtown NHS will offer a brief walking tour of the historic structure on Saturdays and Sundays in May and September for guests boarding the 10:30 a.m. "Scranton Limited" train rides. The "Scranton Limited" schedule on these days will change to 10:30 a.m. and 12:30, 1:30 and 2:15 p.m. to accommodate the hotel walking tour.
Tickets to ride this train cost $3.00 per person, all ages 6 and older. For a unique view on the operations, each steam departure of the "Scranton Limited" will allow one rider in the locomotive cab for $30.00, in addition to the park admission price. Cab rides are available to those who are 16 years of age and older, and only on days that a steam locomotive is in operation. Turntable demonstrations and Ranger-led walking tours will also be available daily.
Steamtown NHS will also celebrate National Park Week April 19 - 26. The theme for 2008 is "Kids in Parks," and we will shine with special exhibits and theater presentations, partner displays and Junior Ranger activities. Special exhibits will showcase various perspectives of America’s greatest treasure, our National Parks. Partner displays will highlight regional opportunities for both indoor and outdoor exploration. On Junior Ranger Day, April 26, children ages 6-12 can work to become Junior Rangers during their visit, and children 5 and younger can work with their parents on a special "Discovery" program.
The Entrance Fee to the grounds at Steamtown is $6.00 per adult, daily, ages 17 and older. Those under 16, accompanied by an adult, are admitted to the Park at no cost. All walking tours offered by the Steamtown NHS staff, including museum access and the park movie, Steel and Steam are included in the Entrance Fee.
Located in downtown Scranton, Pennsylvania, Steamtown National Historic Site is open 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. from January 6 – March 29, 2008; regular Park hours, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., resume on March 30. From I-81, follow exit 185 (Central Scranton Expressway); then follow the signs to the Park entrance at Lackawanna and Cliff Avenues. 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 NHS web site at www.nps.gov/stea.
- Digital images for media purposes are available upon request -
Did You Know?
Many railroads, particularly Eastern roads, used anthracite coal for locomotive fuel during the early steam era. During World War I, the US Navy and the Allied Forces used anthracite coal to power the steam boilers of warships such as Admiral Dewey's USS Olympia, which is berthed at the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia. Burning anthracite resulted in low-smoke emissions from steamship boilers and gave the Allies a strategic opportunity to close-in on the enemy in a battle. With anthracite coal diverted to the war effort, locomotive builders adapted to using bituminous coal in their future designs.