September 14, 2010
SCRANTON, Pa. – Noticeably shorter September days, clear blue skies with a nip in the early morning air, yellow school buses in the morning commute: All unmistakable signs that Mother Nature is preparing for her annual autumn display of the finest fall foliage in Northeast Pennsylvania! One of the best ways to view this beautiful array of colors is aboard a steam passenger train traveling through beautiful fall scenery in the nearby Pocono Mountains.
Excursions to Moscow will depart the Steamtown NHS boarding platform at 1:00 p.m. on October 9, 16, 17, 24 and 30, with an expected 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. Additionally, on October 2 the Park will operate two special "Pumpkin Express" excursions to Moscow. The first section departs at 11:00 a.m. and returns at 1:00 p.m.; the second section departs at 2:00 p.m., and returns at 4:30 p.m. The NRHS Chapter will offer special fall-themed children's activities including apple bobbing, craft-making, photo opportunities and a free pumpkin to each child. Moscow and "Pumpkin Express" 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 3, 10 and 23; the October 23 trip will also make a brief stop at the Gouldsboro Station. The Coolbaugh Township Historical Association and the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority will conduct brief walking tours during each of the one-hour layovers, and will have light refreshments for sale.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 excursions 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 "Scranton Limited" short train rides continue to operate Wednesdays through Sundays through December 4, and will also run on Columbus Day, Monday, October 11. These 30-minute train rides depart from the Visitor Center boarding area at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 and 2:15 p.m. There is a $3.00 charge for this ride, in addition to the Entrance Fee. Admission to the National Park grounds and museum complex 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 cost. All walking tours offered by the Steamtown NHS staff, including museum access and the park movie, Steel and Steam, are covered by the 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. Excursion reservations may be made by phoning (570) 340-5204 daily, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Additional details regarding interpretive and educational programs and activities may be obtained by phoning (570) 340-5200 during business hours, or by visiting the Park website at www.nps.gov/stea anytime!