Steamtown NHS 2009 Operating Season
SCRANTON, PA– Spring is just around the corner and Steamtown National Historic Site is ready to greet the season on Sunday, April 19 when we begin our 2009 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:
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.
Tickets to ride this train cost $3.00 per person, all ages 6 and older. For a unique view of 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 Entrance Fee. Cab rides are available only to individuals ages 16 and older, and only on days that a steam locomotive is in operation; the locomotive cab rides are not handicap accessible. Turntable demonstrations and ranger-led walking tours will also be available daily.
Steamtown NHS will also celebrate National Park Week April 19 - 26. The Park will feature special exhibits and learning stations and Junior Ranger activities for children. Exhibits will showcase various perspectives of America’s greatest treasure, our National Parks. Additionally, the Park will celebrate National Junior Ranger Day on April 25, when 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 charge. 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 2 – April 11, 2009; regular Park hours, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., resume on April 12. 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.
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.