Steamtown NHS Plans Trip to "Founder's Day" Event at Delaware Water Gap
Scranton, PA -Steamtown National Historic Site will offer a 104-mile roundtrip excursion to the Delaware Water Gap for the "Founder's Day" celebration on Saturday, June 27. This excursion travels through a tunnel, along creeks and rivers, lakes and ponds and the beautiful Pocono Plateau through East Stroudsburg and passing nine railroad stations on its way to the historic town of Delaware Water Gap. The steam-powered excursion will depart the Steamtown NHS Boarding Platform at 9:00 a.m.
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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.