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

    Steamtown

    National Historic Site Pennsylvania

Steamtown NHS Opens New Archeological Exhibit

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Date: April 25, 2012
Contact: Mark Brennan, 570-340-5244

SCRANTON, Pa. - On Saturday, May 5th a new family friendly and educational exhibit, titled "What Can Be Found Under the Ground in the Railroad Yard," will open at Steamtown National Historic Site. Superintendent Kip Hagen cordially invites the general public, partners and media to attend an 11:00 a.m. ribbon cutting ceremony at the new exhibit, located on the ground floor of the park's History Museum. Funding for the new exhibit was provided in part with a partnership grant through the Lackawanna Heritage Valley, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the National Park Service.

The new exhibit will trace the history of the former Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad's Scranton Yard through the use of archeological objects from the park's museum collection. The interactive exhibit includes an above-ground dig site with a "dig and match" activity where families and children can sift through a mixture of dirt and rocks to find items that match objects in the display cases from different time periods of the railroad yard. The exhibit was developed to promote social interaction between children and their families, and to provide a different perspective on the often-overlooked railroad yard. The exhibit is expected to encourage visitors to think about the different types of people who worked and lived in and near the railroad yard, as well as help reinforce the park's mission of stewardship at this national historic site.

The popular "Scranton Limited" short train rides will also operate, covering a 3-mile round trip that crosses the Lackawanna River and passes the historic Radisson at Lackawanna Station Hotel.  Near the University of Scranton, the train begins its return to the roundhouse. Many topics are covered during the interpretive train programs, which last about 30 minutes. The "Scranton Limited" trains will operate with a historic diesel locomotive on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and with a historic steam locomotive on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 and 2:15 p.m.

Tickets to ride this train cost $5.00 per person, all ages 6 and older, in addition to the daily Park Entrance Fee.  Admission to the Park's museums, theater and walking tours is included in the Entrance Fee, which is $7.00 daily for all ages 16 and older; children ages 15 and younger are free with accompanying adults. For a unique view of the operations and the railroad yard, each departure of the "Scranton Limited" will allow one rider in the locomotive cab for $35.00. Cab rides are available only to adults ages 16 and older, are in addition to the daily Park Entrance Fee, and are not handicap accessible. Turntable demonstrations and interpretive walking tours are also available on most days.  The monthly train ride and tour schedule is available online and updated weekly at www.nps.gov/stea - click on "Scheduled Tours."

Located in downtown Scranton, Pennsylvania, Steamtown National Historic Site is open 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily. 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 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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