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

    Steamtown

    National Historic Site Pennsylvania

Steamtown Postpones Exhibit Opening

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Date: April 16, 2012
Contact: Mark Brennan, 570-340-5244

SCRANTON, Pa. - A new exhibit at Steamtown National Historic Site, "What Can Be Found Under the Ground in the Railroad Yard," has had its public debut postponed from April 21 until further notice due to material shipment delays. The park will announce a new exhibit opening date in a future news release, and apologizes for any inconvenience.

National Park Week, which is "Fee Free" nationwide, will continue as scheduled from Saturday, April 21 through Sunday, April 29, offering the public yet another opportunity to visit and explore Steamtown NHS. During National Park Week, Steamtown NHS will waive the daily $7.00 Entrance Fee that includes access to all indoor and outdoor exhibit areas, park museum facilities and Ranger- or Volunteer-led programs. The site features a Visitor Center and exhibit area, 250-seat Surround-Sound HD theater showing the park film, "Steel and Steam," and History, Roundhouse and Technology museums. Additionally, the "Scranton Limited" short train rides will begin seasonal operations on Saturday, April 28, and cost only $5.00 for all ages 6 and older.

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.

Did You Know?

A ring of flame envelopes a steam locomotive drive wheel as a tire is heated so it can be placed on the wheel.

Though made of steel, the tires on a steam locomotive wear out. A new tire is cut slightly too small and then it is heated until it expands. After workers slide it onto the wheel, the tire shrinks as it cools and is locked into place. Learn more about steam locomotive maintenance at Steamtown NHS. More...