Steamtown NHS Honors Armed Forces with Excursion Train to Cresco and East Stroudsburg
SCRANTON, PA – Armed Forces Day, a day to celebrate and thank all branches of the U.S. military, will be honored locally with a special excursion on Saturday, May 19 to Cresco and East Stroudsburg, PA, provided in partnership with Steamtown National Historic Site.
This special excursion is scheduled to depart the Steamtown boarding platform at 9:00 a.m., with a planned stop and brief layover at Cresco at approximately 10:30 a.m. At Cresco, the Barrett Township Historical Society will rededicate its station restoration project with a brief ceremony before continuing to a noon arrival at East Stroudsburg. The Barrett Township Historical Society is continuing the restoration of the former Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad’s Cresco Station which, when built in the 1880s, had the distinction of having the longest passenger platform along the railroad because so many Pocono resorts greeted their guests there!
The train’s arrival at East Stroudsburg will be the keynote attraction of the 2007 Armed Forces Day Railroad Spectacular, sponsored by the East Stroudsburg Railroad Tower Society. The event takes place near the Dansbury Depot, a former railroad station of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad built in the 1850s. A day long festival will take place near the station featuring model train layouts, arts and crafts, preserved military vehicles, railroad memorabilia and numerous other activities. Members of the society will offer tours of the former tower and display the preservation work it has accomplished.
After a two-hour layover in town, the train departs for Cresco and Scranton, with an expected arrival in Scranton at 5:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $51.00 for adults 17 to 61 years old, $46.00 for ages 62 and older and $30.00 for children 6 to 16. Children under 5 require a ticket at no charge. Tickets are also available for a roundtrip ride from Cresco to East Stroudsburg for this special excursion only. Tickets for this ride segment are priced at $21.00 for adults 17 to 61 years old, $19.00 for ages 62 and older and $15.00 for children 6 to 16. Children ages 5 and under require a free ticket. Tickets for this segment are only available for purchase from Steamtown NHS, and must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be sold at the Cresco or East Stroudsburg locations. Credit card reservations may be made by calling (570) 340-5204 between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. daily after April 1; all major credit and debit cards are accepted.
Admission to the National Park 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 charge. All walking tours offered by the Steamtown NHS staff, including museum and grounds access and the park movie, Steel and Steam, are covered by this Entrance Fee.
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 calling (570) 340-5200 or toll free (888) 693-9391, or by visiting the Steamtown web site at www.nps.gov/stea.
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Did You Know?
The Union Pacific 'Big Boy' locomotive, one of 25 built to this design, weighs just under 600 tons - approximately as much as 83 adult male African elephants! It is on display at Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton, Pennsylvania. More...