• An engineer inspects the running gear of a steam locomotive at Steamtown NHS

    Steamtown

    National Historic Site Pennsylvania

Steamtown National Historic Site and the Community Alliance Partner for Station Re-dedication with Excursion to East Stroudsburg

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Date: September 19, 2011
Contact: Mark Brennan, 570-340-5244

Scranton, PA - On Saturday, October 15, 2011, the Steamtown NHS excursion destination is the borough of East Stroudsburg, nestled in the valley of the Brodhead Creek in the Pocono Mountains.The public is cordially invited to this historic occasion, as the East Stroudsburg Community Alliance reveals their progress on the 1854 East Stroudsburg Railroad Station restoration (Dansbury Depot) with a ribbon cutting and hosts a daylong celebration in Millers Park.

Participants will be able to tour the historic Depot and purchase a snack at the unique station coffee shop/cafe, while exploring artifacts and images on the station's history as well as view a photo documentary of its rehabilitation progress. Passengers can also visit the Historic Railroad Switching Tower, and learn how it functioned through the Depot's history.

In Millers Park, just off the tracks behind the depot, the ECA will host Oktoberfest in conjunction with the re-dedication offering: live music and entertainment, railroad groups and vendors, historic organizations, arts and crafts vendors, and family oriented activities, including: a moon-bounce, pumpkin painting, cider-making, scare-crow building, old fashioned children's games, face painting and more!

The excursion is scheduled to depart the Steamtown boarding platform at 9:00 a.m. for a planned arrival in East Stroudsburg at approximately 11:15 a.m., and will be pulled by historic diesel locomotives. After a two-hour layover in town, the train departs for Scranton, with an expected arrival at 4:30 p.m.

Ticket prices are $54.00 for adults 17 to 61 years old, $49.00 for ages 62 and older and $32.00 for children 6 to 16.Children to age 5 are free with a paying adult, but a ticket is required. Excursion fares include the Park entrance fee. Reservations must be pre-paid, and tickets are non-refundable unless an excursion is cancelled by Park Management.We accept all major credit and debit cards.Phone (570) 340-5204 or 888-693-9391 to purchase tickets.

Located in downtown Scranton, Pennsylvania, Steamtown National Historic Site is open 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 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.

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