Steamtown NHS Announces 2011 Excursion Season
Contact: Reservations, 570-340-5204
SCRANTON, PA – The 2011 excursion schedule will see steam-powered passenger trains help visitors remember the sights, sounds and smell of train travel circa 1920. For those too young to have had the experience first-hand, these excursions offer the opportunity to learn how most people traveled for work, business and pleasure in a time when minivans and SUV's hadn't been invented.
The "Scranton Limited" short train rides began on April 17th and are scheduled to operate through December 3rd on select days. Tickets to ride this train cost $5.00 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 $35.00, in addition to the Park Entrance Fee. Cab rides are available to those who are 16 years of age and older, on a first come – first served basis and only on days that a steam locomotive is in operation. Turntable demonstrations and Ranger-led walking tours will also be available daily.
The Entrance Fee to the grounds at Steamtown is $7.00 per adult, daily, ages 16 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. 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 to purchase tickets.
Located in downtown Scranton, 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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Did You Know?
A large hard-working steam locomotive can use up to 6 tons of coal in about an hour. The fireman (the one who shovels the coal) might shovel 200 pounds of coal a minute! This is why railroads helped design mechanical stokers. Learn more about railroad jobs at Steamtown NHS in Scranton, PA. More...