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Contact: Train Ride and Tickets, 570-340-5204
Contact: Media Contact: Bill Nalevanko, 570-241-8258
Scranton, Pa. – Celebrate the annual "National Train Day" on Saturday, May 14, with a visit to Steamtown National Historic Site, downtown Scranton! National Train Day commemorates the anniversary of the first transcontinental railroad's inception by bringing to life the rich narrative of how railroads transformed America.
Travel with us on a 26-mile roundtrip to the borough of Moscow on the western edge of the Pocono Mountains. There, you can visit the restored passenger and freight stations, as well as purchase light snacks or refreshments from members of the Lackawanna & Wyoming Valley Railway Historical Society (L&WVRHS). Their efforts and donations support the restoration of Steamtown's Boston and Maine #3713 steam locomotive. The trip will depart Steamtown at 12:30 p.m. and return at 3:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $24.00 for adults 16 to 61, $22.00 for seniors 62 and older, and $17.00 for children aged 6-15. Children 5 and younger require a "no-charge" ticket. Reservations may be made by phoning (570) 340-5204 daily from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Additionally, the L&WVRHS will present a special program during the Moscow Station stop on the history of the park's Boston and Maine #3713 steam locomotive, and that group's efforts to help restore the locomotive to operating condition. The locomotive can be seen inside the Steamtown Locomotive Shops during a regularly scheduled ranger- or volunteer-led walking tour. Walking tours are included with the park's daily Entrance Fee.
Steamtown NHS preserves and interprets the legacy of steam-era railroading. The site occupies about 40 acres of the Scranton railroad yard of the former Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, one of the earliest rail lines in northeastern Pennsylvania. At the heart of the park is the large collection of standard-gauge steam locomotives and freight and passenger cars. The Museum Complex consists of a Visitor Center with exhibits on the development of the Scranton Yards, a History Museum, Roundhouse and Technology Museum. The site also features a 250-seat Surround-Sound Theater that screens the 20-minute park film, "Steel and Steam" throughout the day.
The "Scranton Limited" short train rides are also scheduled to operate at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Tickets for this train ride cost $5.00 per person, all ages 6 and older, in addition to the Park Entrance Fee.
Located in downtown Scranton, Pa., Steamtown NHS 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 park entrance at Lackawanna and Cliff Avenues (GPS: N 41.41, W 75.67). For train information and reservations, phone (570) 340-5204 daily, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 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.
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