Steamtown National Historic Site Announces July-August 2018 Passenger Train Excursion Schedules

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Date: July 7, 2018
Contact: Bill Fischer, 570-340-5244

SCRANTON, Pa. – Summer activities are going full throttle at Steamtown National Historic Site in downtown Scranton, including our ever exciting train excursions.

On Saturday, July 14, go back in time to the Great Gatsby era at historic Gouldsboro Station. Enjoy 1920s music, flappers, fun activities for the kids, and great food available for purchase. The trip departs Steamtown NHS at 11:30 a.m. and returns to the park at 3:00 p.m. Ticket pricing is $34 for adults, ages 16-61; $29 for seniors, ages 62 and older; and $22 for children ages 6-15. Children to age 5 require a free ticket.

This excursion is also part of a full day of workshop activities for Boy Scouts to earn the coveted Railroading Merit Badge. Scouts will have the opportunity to increase their understanding of railroad history, rail safety, and learn about our vintage railroad equipment while working toward the badge. The Scout workshop begins at 9:00 a.m. at Steamtown NHS, while the excursion departs at 11:30 a.m., returns to the park at 3:00 p.m., and the workshop concludes at about 4:00 p.m. Please note that the merit badge workshop requires pre-registration and pre-requisite worksheets completed in advance of the workshop. For more information on the merit badge program, please call 570-340-5204.

On Sunday, July 15, enjoy a leisurely afternoon train ride to Moscow PA. Visit the restored passenger station and freight depot. Light refreshments and souvenirs will be available at the Moscow Station. Sales support the restoration of the park’s Boston & Maine #3713 steam locomotive. The excursion departs at 1:00 p.m. and returns to the park at 3:15 p.m. Ticket pricing is $24 for adults, ages 16-61; $22 for seniors, ages 62 and older; and $17 for children ages 6-15. Children to age 5 require a free ticket.

On Saturday, July 21, we’re heading to Tobyhanna, PA, along the former Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad’s mainline. The station is at the rail line’s highest elevation through the Poconos. Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour to a nearby former “ice house.” The train departs Steamtown NHS at 11:00 a.m., and is scheduled to return at 3:00 p.m. Ticket pricing is $34 for adults, ages 16-61, $29 for seniors, ages 62 and older, $22 for children ages 6-15. Children to age 5 require a free ticket.

On Sunday, July 22, go back in time to the Great Gatsby era at historic Gouldsboro Station. Enjoy 1920s music, flappers, fun activities for the kids, and great food available for purchase. The trip departs Steamtown NHS at 11:30 a.m. and returns to the park at 3:00 p.m. Ticket pricing is $34 for adults, ages 16-61; $29 for seniors, ages 62 and older; and $22 for children ages 6-15. Children to age 5 require a free ticket.

On Saturday, July 28, we’re heading to Moscow PA. Visit the restored passenger station and freight depot. Light refreshments and souvenirs will be available at the Moscow Station. Sales support the restoration of the park’s Boston & Maine #3713 steam locomotive. The excursion departs at 11:00 a.m. and returns to the park at 1:00 p.m. Ticket pricing is $24 for adults, ages 16-61; $22 for seniors, ages 62 and older; and $17 for children ages 6-15. Children to age 5 require a free ticket.

On Sunday, July 29, it’s an early afternoon excursion back to Moscow PA. Visit the restored passenger station and freight depot. Light refreshments and souvenirs will be available at the Moscow Station. Sales support the restoration of the park’s Boston & Maine #3713 steam locomotive. The excursion departs at 1:00 p.m. and returns to the park at 3:15 p.m. Ticket pricing is $24 for adults, ages 16-61; $22 for seniors, ages 62 and older; and $17 for children ages 6-15. Children to age 5 require a free ticket.

Hop aboard the Penn Division Explorer to Archbald PA on Saturday, August 4. Learn about the early Gravity Railroad which helped move coal to the canals which then moved it to points further east and south. There will also be environmental and other programs presented by partners along the beautiful Lackawanna Heritage Trail. Light refreshments will be available for purchase. The excursion departs at 10:00 a.m. and returns to the park at 3:30 p.m. Ticket pricing is $24 for adults, ages 16-61; $22 for seniors, ages 62 and older; and $17 for children ages 6-15. Children to age 5 require a free ticket.

On Sunday, August 5, join us for an excursion to the Moscow Country Street Fair. Besides enjoying the restored passenger station and freight depot, a short walk takes you to this popular local fair. Grab a bite to eat, visit a car show, quilt show, and arts and crafts vendors all while enjoying live music. The excursion departs at 1:00 p.m. and returns to the park at 4:00 p.m. Ticket pricing is $24 for adults, ages 16-61, $22 for seniors, ages 62 and older, $17 for children ages 6-15. Children to age 5 require a free ticket. 

Saturday, August 11, features an excursion to Moscow PA. Visit the restored passenger station and freight depot. Light refreshments and souvenirs will also be available at Moscow Station stop. Sales support the restoration of the park’s Boston & Maine #3713 steam locomotive. The excursion departs at 11:00 p.m. and returns to the park at 1:00 p.m. Ticket pricing is $24 for adults, ages 16-61, $22 for seniors, ages 62 and older, $17 for children ages 6-15. Children to age 5 require a free ticket. 

On Sunday, August 12, we’ll venture to Gouldsboro PA to step back in time to the Roaring 1920s era. Food, drink, and souvenirs will be available for purchase at the historic train station.  While the excursion is open to the public, this is also the last of our summer Boy Scout Railroading Merit Badge workshops. The trip departs at 11:30 a.m. and returns to the park at 3:00 p.m. Ticket pricing is $34 for adults, ages 16-61, $29 for seniors, ages 62 and older, $22 for children ages 6-15. Children to age 5 require a free ticket.

Scouts will have the opportunity to increase their understanding of railroad history, rail safety, and learn about our vintage railroad equipment while working toward this coveted badge. The Scout workshop begins at 9:00 a.m. at Steamtown NHS, before Scouts board the excursion to Gouldsboro. The workshop concludes back at the park at about 4:00 p.m. Please note that the merit badge workshop requires pre-registration and pre-requisite worksheets completed in advance of the event. For more information on this Scout program, please call Park Guide Lori Staely at 570-340-5306.

On Saturday, August 18, the LHVA Explorer departs Steamtown NHS for a run through the Mid Valley to Carbondale PA, where riders can then enjoy all the Pioneer Days festivities. Our partners at the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority are coordinating all facets of the excursion, with tickets available for purchase at Lackawanna County Libraries. More information can be found on the LHVA Facebook page at:

https://www.facebook.com/events/147699219433718/
or by calling the Lackawanna County Library System at 570-348-3003.

On Sunday, August 19, go back in time to the Great Gatsby era at historic Gouldsboro Station. Enjoy 1920s music, flappers, fun activities for the kids, and great food available for purchase. The trip departs Steamtown NHS at 11:30 a.m. and returns to the park at 3:00 p.m. Ticket pricing is $34 for adults, ages 16-61; $29 for seniors, ages 62 and older; and $22 for children ages 6-15. Children to age 5 require a free ticket.

On Saturday, August 25, enjoy a trip to Tobyhanna PA in the heart of the Pocono Mountains. We’ll journey along the former Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad’s mainline to its highest point. From the depot, take a guided walking tour to a nearby former “ice house.” The train departs Steamtown NHS at 11:00 a.m., and is scheduled to return at 3:00 p.m. Ticket pricing is $34 for adults, ages 16-61, $29 for seniors, ages 62 and older, $22 for children ages 6-15. Children to age 5 require a free ticket. 

To end the August excursion schedule, we’ll again travel to Moscow PA on Sunday, August 26. Visit the restored passenger station and freight depot. Light refreshments and souvenirs will also be available at Moscow Station Stop. Sales support the restoration of the park’s Boston & Maine #3713 steam locomotive. The excursion departs at 1:00 p.m. and returns at 3:15 p.m. Ticket pricing is $24 for adults, ages 16-61, $22 for seniors, ages 62 and older, $17 for children ages 6-15. Children to age 5 require a free ticket.

Tickets may be purchased in advance for any of these rail excursions (except the August 18 LHVA Explorer, for which Lackawanna County Libraries are selling the tickets) by calling 570-340-5204 or stopping by the Steamtown NHS Fee Booth Wednesday through Sunday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Please note that the Fee Booth is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. However, ticket reservations may be secured on those days by calling 570-340-5206 and providing the requested information; park staff will return your call on Wednesday morning to complete your purchase.

Advanced reservations are recommended although day-of-excursion tickets may be available for purchase at the Fee Booth prior to train boarding. Tickets are non-refundable unless an excursion is cancelled by park management. Steamtown NHS accepts all major credit cards, debit cards, checks, money orders, and cash (cash only in person at the Fee Booth).

All excursions will be powered using historic diesel locomotives and vintage passenger railcars. While excursions to Moscow PA may be handicapped accessible, please state any accessibility concerns/needs before finalizing your ticket purchase.

The popular Scranton Limited short train rides operate Wednesday through Saturday in July and August, at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. On Sundays we offer the Nay Aug Gorge Limited short train ride that transport visitors to the entrance of Nay Aug Tunnel. The Nay Aug Gorge Limited and the Scranton Limited operate on the same timetable. Tickets to ride either train cost $5.00 per person, ages 6 years and older.

Because we operate in an active railroad yard, share tracks with other operators, and use historic equipment, all excursion and short train ride schedules are subject to change. We appreciate in advance your understanding should unforeseen circumstances cause scheduling delays.

Entrance to the park is free. 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). General park information is available by phoning (570) 340-5204 during regular business hours, or by visiting the park website anytime.
 
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