April 18, 2011
SCRANTON, PA – Steamtown National Historic Site, downtown Scranton, Pennsylvania, is pleased to announce a partnership with the Canadian Pacific Railway that will allow a special passenger train excursion from the Historic Site to the famed Tunkhannock Viaduct at Nicholson, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, May 28, 2011! The excursion date coincides with the parks Memorial Day event "Railroads and the Military – an Unbreakable Bond" which takes place on May 28 and 29, 2011.
The famed railway bridge was built by the former Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad during the golden age of railroading. Completed in 1915, it was built as the largest steel-reinforced concrete bridge in the world. The bridge is located in Nicholson, Pennsylvania, about 20 miles northwest of Scranton. It is 2,375 feet in length and 240 feet high and is named for the river it crosses – Tunkhannock Creek. The viaduct was double-tracked and built during a massive reconstruction of the railroad right-of-way to help speed Lackawanna passenger and freight traffic between Buffalo and New York City (via Hoboken, New Jersey). The viaduct has been in continual use by railroads including the original Lackawanna, Erie-Lackawanna, the Delaware & Hudson Railroad and current owner, Canadian Pacific Railway.
The train will be pulled by 1950-era historic Reading Railroad FP7 locomotives #902 and #903, which operated in regular passenger service between Reading, PA and Philadelphia. The locomotives are owned by the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society and the Reading Company Technical & Historical society in partnership with Steamtown NHS.
The trip will depart the Steamtown NHS Boarding Platform at 1:00 p.m. for a planned arrival and brief stop on the famed bridge. While riders will not be allowed to detrain at the destination, passengers will be able to enjoy fantastic views of the Endless Mountains in Wyoming County. Prior to departing the bridge, the engine will be moved to the south end of the train for the trip back to Scranton. The train will stop again briefly on the viaduct at 3:00 p.m. for a scheduled Scranton arrival at 4:10 p.m.
Ticket prices for the Tunkhannock Viaduct excursion are $44.00 for adults 16 to 61, $39.00 for seniors 62 and older, and $32.00 for children aged 6-15. Children 5 and younger require a "no-charge" ticket; all children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Limited First Class seating aboard the Lehigh Valley #353 Business Car is available at $100.00 per person, all ages. All tickets must be prepaid; all major credit and debit cards are accepted. Excursion reservations may be made by phoning (570) 340-5204 daily from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Located in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Steamtown is open daily from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. From I-81 follow exit 185 (Central Scranton Expressway); then, follow the signs to the main entrance at Lackawanna and Cliff Avenues. Additional details regarding interpretive and educational programs and activities may be obtained by phoning (570) 340-5200 during business hours or by visiting the Park website at www.nps.gov/stea anytime!