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

    Steamtown

    National Historic Site Pennsylvania

Steamtown NHS Announces 2008 Fall Foliage Excursions

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Date: September 30, 2008

SCRANTON, PA – Perhaps the busiest time of year in Northeastern Pennsylvania is the fall foliage season.  As nature prepares to display her most colorful outfit for the year, Steamtown National Historic Site, downtown Scranton, is planning to transport visitors through some of the most beautiful fall scenery in the nearby Pocono Mountains.  Eight steam-powered train trips will leave the downtown railroad yard for two popular destinations.

Excursions to Moscow will depart the Steamtown NHS boarding platform at 1:00 p.m. on October 5, 12, 18 and 26, and are expected to return at 3:00 p.m. The Lackawanna & Wyoming Valley Chapter, NRHS, which leases the former Moscow passenger station and freight house, will offer light refreshments for sale during the train’s layover.   Moscow excursion tickets are priced at $21.00 for adults 17 to 61, $19.00 for seniors 62 and older, and $15.00 for children aged 6-16.  Children 5 and younger require a "no-charge" ticket.

Excursions to Tobyhanna, a village atop the Pocono Mountains, are planned for October 4, 11, 19 and 25.  The Coolbaugh Township Historical Association and the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority will conduct brief walking tours during the one-hour layovers, and will have also feature light refreshments for sale.  Additionally, the October 19 excursion will include a brief layover at the Gouldsboro Station.  Departure from the Steamtown NHS boarding platform is 11:00 a.m., with an expected 3:00 p.m. return.  Ticket prices for the Tobyhanna excursion are $31.00 for adults 17 to 61, $26.00 for seniors 62 and older, and $20.00 for children aged 6-16.  Children 5 and younger require a "no-charge" ticket. 

The 30-minute "Scranton Limited" short train rides inside the park boundary will continue to operate on Wednesdays through Sundays, through December 6; they will also operate on Monday, Columbus Day, October 13.  These short train rides depart from the Roundhouse boarding area at
10:30 and 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 and 2:15 p.m. There is a $3.00 additional charge for this ride.  Admission to the National Park grounds at Steamtown is $6.00 per adult, daily, ages 17 and older.  Children under age 16, accompanied by an adult, are admitted to the Park at no charge.  The Entrance Fee includes parking and access to the outdoor grounds, the museum complex, walking tours, and the Park movie, "Steel and Steam."

Located in downtown Scranton, Pennsylvania, Steamtown NHS 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.  Excursion reservations may be made by phoning (570) 340-5204 daily, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  AdditionalPark information may be obtained by calling (570) 340-5200 or toll free (888) 693-9391 during business hours, or by visiting the Steamtown NHS web site anytime at www.nps.gov/stea.

 

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Did You Know?

USS Olympia

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.