Veteran’s Day Entrance Fee Free Weekend at Steamtown NHS
Contact: Kip Hagen, 570-340-5182
SCRANTON, Pa. - Steamtown National Historic Site plans to honor our military veterans and their families with an Entrance Fee-Free Weekend for everyone during Veteran's Day weekend, November 9-11. The Entrance Fee-Free Weekend at Steamtown NHS includes complimentary admission to the Park grounds, museum complex and exhibits, and scheduled walking tours, but will not include train rides and/or other amenity fees charged by the Park. Additionally, a special program entitled, "A Soldier's View of Wars and Trains," will be presented on Saturday, November 9 and Sunday, November 10. The presentations will allow visitors the opportunity to speak with re-enactors of veterans of prior U. S. wars and conflicts, current veterans and active duty armed forces members – along with the opportunity to thank them for their service to our country.
While visiting the park, all active duty military members and their dependents of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard and Reserve and National Guard members, will be able to obtain an annual park pass, an $80 value, at no charge. A valid Common Access Card (CAC) or Military ID (Form 1173) is required. The America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass provides entrance to all national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, and many other Federal lands – more than 2,000 in all! Information about the free military and all National Park passes is available at www.nps.gov/findapark/passes.htm.
Steamtown National Historic Site is the only place in the National Park System where the story of steam railroading and the people who made it possible is told. The historic, industrial railroad yard site features a visitor orientation center with exhibits describing how the former Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad's Scranton Yards evolved from 1850 to present, a 250-seat digital surround-sound theater showing the park movie, "Steel and Steam," throughout the day, and steam-era railroading history, roundhouse and technology museums that tell a multimedia-rich story of the significance of railroad transportation to the U.S. Industrial Revolution. Visitors may also join a scheduled Locomotive Shop tour. For a small charge – $5 for all ages 6 and older – visitors may also enjoy the "Scranton Limited" short train ride inside the railroad yards.
Located in downtown Scranton, Pa., Steamtown is open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.From I-81 follow exit 185 (Central Scranton Expressway); then, follow the brown and white signs to the main entrance at Lackawanna and Cliff Avenues (GPS: N 41.41, W 75.67). General park information is available by phoning (570) 340-5200 during regular business hours, or by visiting the Park website anytime at www.nps.gov/stea.
Did You Know?
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...