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Contact: Media Contact: Bill Nalevanko, 570-241-8258
Contact: Train Info & Reservations, 570-340-5204
SCRANTON, Pa. – Steamtown National Historic Site will host an entrance fee-free week to celebrate National Park Week from Saturday, April 16 through Sunday, April 24. This year is the National Park Service's centennial, and we invite your family to "Find Your Park." All indoor and outdoor exhibit areas and park museum facilities including guided tours and the park movie, "Steel and Steam," are included in the entrance fee-free week.
We'll begin our seasonal train rides with a dedication ceremony on Sunday, April 17, returning our 1929 Baldwin Locomotive Works 0-6-0 steam locomotive to service. While the park will open at 9:00 a.m., the festivities will begin at 11:00 a.m., and will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony, free commemorative baseball-type cards of the locomotive's history and statistics, and a special photo exhibit in our Technology Museum that documents the locomotive's restoration. "Scranton Limited" short train rides within the Steamtown NHS yards will be powered by the newly-restored locomotive that day, and will operate continuously between 12:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Cost of the "Scranton Limited" rides are $5.00 per person, all ages 6 and older, and will include a special commemorative ticket issued for that day.
The "Scranton Limited" will operate as follows for the remainder of April, at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.; the "Nay Aug Gorge Limited" will operate on Sundays following the same schedule:
April 20 – "Scranton Limited" operating with diesel power
April 21 – "Scranton Limited" operating with diesel power
April 22 – "Scranton Limited" operating with steam power (BLW #26)
April 23 – "Scranton Limited" operating with steam power (BLW #26)
April 24 – "Nay Aug Gorge Limited" operating with steam power (BLW #26)
April 28 – "Scranton Limited" operating with diesel power
April 29 – "Scranton Limited" operating with steam power (BLW #26)
April 30 – "Scranton Limited" operating with steam power (BLW #26)
May 1 – "Nay Aug Gorge Limited" operating with steam power (BLW #26)
Except during the entrance fee-free week, the daily entrance fee to the grounds at Steamtown is $7.00 per adult, all ages 16 and older. Children ages 15 and younger, accompanied by an adult, are admitted to the park at no cost.Included in the entrance fee are all walking tours offered by the Steamtown NHS staff, including museum access and the park movie, "Steel and Steam." Train ride fares are extra cost.
Located in downtown Scranton, Pa., Steamtown NHS is open daily from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. through March 19; summer hours, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. resume on Sunday, March 20. 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). 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.
About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 410 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Visit us at www.nps.gov,on Facebook www.facebook.com/nationalparkservice, Twitter www.twitter.com/natlparkservice, and YouTube www.youtube.com/nationalparkservice. Find YOUR park at FindYourPark.com!