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

    Steamtown

    National Historic Site Pennsylvania

Steamtown NHS Announces 2008 Excursion Season

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Date: May 19, 2008

Scranton, PA – Steamtown National Historic Site was created in 1986 “to further public understanding and appreciation of the role steam railroading played in the development of the United States,” and the Park’s seasonal steam-powered passenger excursions help fulfill that mission!

The 2008 excursion schedule will see steam-powered passenger trains help visitors remember the sights, sounds and smells 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 SUVs hadn’t yet been invented.  Excursions along the former Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad’s former Pocono mainline are scheduled as follows:

-     to the Delaware Water Gap “Founders Day” event on Saturday, June 28.  There will be displays, vendors and special presentations at Delaware Water Gap Township.  Adults - $51.00, seniors - $46, children ages 6-16 - $30.  Children to age 5 are free with a paying adult, but a ticket is required.  Departs at 9:00 a.m., returns at 5:50 p.m.

-     to Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania on June 29, July 6 and 19, August 9 and October 4, 11, 19, 25.  The July 19th and October 19th trips will also make a brief stop at the restored Gouldsboro Station. Adults - $31.00, seniors - $26, children ages 6-16 - $20.  Children to age 5 are free with a paying adult, but a ticket is required.  Departs at 11:00 a.m., returns at 3:00 p.m.

-     to Moscow, Pennsylvania on July 5, 12 and 26, August 2,16, 23 and 30, and October 5, 12, 18and 26.  Adults - $21.00, seniors - $19, children ages 6-16 - $15.  Children to age 5 are free with a paying adult, but a ticket is required.  Departs at 1:00 a.m., returns at 3:00 p.m.

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.  Please call (570) 340-5204 to purchase tickets, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm daily.

The “Scranton Limited” short train rides began on April 19th and they are scheduled to operate through December 6th on selected days, on a first-come, first-served basis.  Tickets to ride this train cost $3.00 per person, all ages 6 and older.  For a unique view on 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 admission price.  Cab rides are available to those who are 16 years of age and older, 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 $6.00 per adult, daily, ages 17 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.  All excursion fares include the Park Entrance Fee.

Located in downtown Scranton, Pennsylvania, Steamtown National Historic Site is open daily, 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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