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Free Steamtown Admission on April 22-23

April 20, 2017

The National Park Service is offering free admission to Steamtown National Historic Site on April 22 and 23 to celebrate the 101st anniversary of the national park system.

The Park Service said free admission also will be offered on Sept. 30 for National Public Lands Day and Nov. 11-12 for the Veteran’s Day weekend.

Steamtown plans to have Baldwin Locomotive Works 0-6-0 No. 26 fired up for the April event and offer short train rides around the former Delaware, Lackawanna & Western rail yard for $5. Locomotive No. 26 returned to regular service in 2016.

Steamtown Drew 99,000 Plus in 2016

January 13, 2017

Steamtown National Historical Site reported this week that it drew more than 99,000 visitors in 2016.

Park serviceThat was a 10 percent increase over the 89,500 who came in 2015. The park drew 84,200 in 2014.

Steamtown Superintendent Deborah Conway said visitation last year might have topped 100,000 but for poor weather in December. Steamtown last drew more than 100,000 visitors in 2012.

Park officials attributed the uptick in visitors in 2016 to the return of steam locomotive powered excursions and the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

Through 2000, Steamtown regularly attracted more than 150,000 visitors, hosting 211,000 in 1995. The low point was 2006 when visitation bottomed out at 61,000.

By comparison, the California State Railroad museum draws nearly 500,000 a year and the B&O Railroad Museum has annual attendance around 200,000.

Steamtown’s Baldwin Locomotive Works 0-6-0 No. 26 pulled short trips around Scranton, Pennsylvania, during 2016.

Steamtown to Have 10 Free Days in 2017

December 8, 2016

Steamtown National Historical Site will offer free admission on 10 days in 2017.

Park serviceThe dates are Jan. 16; Feb. 20; April 15, 16, 22 and 23; Aug. 25; Sept. 30; and Nov. 11 and 12. The park said that the free admission days coincide with federal holidays and the National Park Week in April.

The free admission does not include train rides or excursions, but does allow admission to the visitor center and museum facilities. Admission is normally $7 per person.

Steamtown said it typically hosts 90,000 people a year.

Steamtown to Have Free Day Nov. 11

November 2, 2016

Steamtown National Historic Site will offer free admission to all on Nov. 11 in honor of Veteran’s Day.

Park serviceThe fee-free weekend will include complimentary admission to the grounds, museum complex exhibits, and scheduled walking tours.

However train rides and other amenity fees will continue to be collected.

Active duty service members will be able to receive a free annual park pass that provides access to all federal lands, including national parks and wildlife refuges.

The Scranton Limited will offer 30-minute train rides inside the park boundaries on Saturdays through Nov. 19 and the Nay Aug Limited will offer trips every Sunday through Nov. 27.

Steamtown Plans Holiday Trains

October 6, 2016

Holiday trains will be operated by Steamtown National Historic Site and the Lackawanna & Wyoming Valley Railroad Historical Society.

Park serviceThe diesel-powered trains will run Nov. 25 through the 27 from Scranton to Moscow, Pennsylvania.

There will be five round-trip excursions named the Holiday Express. All trips will feature a visit from Santa Claus and other holiday-themed festivities.

Tickets will go on Oct. 11 at 9 a.m.

Steamtown to Have 10 Fall Excursions

September 16, 2016

Steamtown National Historical Site has announced it will sponsor 10 diesel-powered foliage excursions. They include:

Park service• Round-trip excursions from Steamtown to Gouldsboro on Oct. 1 and 29. Train leaves at 11 a.m. and returns at 3 p.m. on both days.

• Round-trip excursions from Steamtown to Moscow on Oct. 2, 10, 15 and 22. The four round-trip excursions will depart at 12:30 p.m. and return at 3 p.m.

• East Stroudsburg excursion on Oct. 8 to the borough’s annual Fall Foliage Festival and fireman’s picnic. The round-trip excursion departs Steamtown at 9 a.m. and returns at 5 p.m.

• Tobyhanna Station excursion on Oct. 9 will depart Steamtown at 11 a.m. and return at 3 p.m.

• An excursion to the Delaware Water Gap Station will take place on Oct. 16. It will depart Steamtown at 9 a.m. and return at 5 p.m.

• Round-trip excursion from Steamtown to Cresco on Oct. 23 featuring live entertainment and light refreshments.

The 30-minute Scranton Limited excursions will operate during weekends in September and October on the grounds of Steamtown.

Tickets for the foliage trips go on sale on Sept. 23. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/stea

Steamtown Announces July Excursions

June 16, 2016

Steamtown National Historic Site has announced its July excursion schedule. All trips will be pulled by diesel locomotives and will operate wholly within Pennsylvania.

  • July 9 excursion from Steamtown to Olyphant and return.
    Park service• July 10, 17, and 31 excursion from Steamtown to Moscow and return.
    • July 16 excursion from Steamtown to Gouldsboro and return.
    • July 23 excursion from Steamtown to Tobyhanna and return.
    • July 24 excursion from Steamtown to Cresco and return.
    • July 30 excursion from Steamtown to East Stroudsburg and return.

All end points are in Pennsylvania. Ticket proceeds for the trips to Moscow will be used to support the restoration of Boston & Maine steam locomotive No. 3713.

Steamtown Releases 2016 Excursion Schedule

May 4, 2016

Steamtown National Historic Site has announced its 2016 excursion schedule.

Reservations are available by calling 570-340-5204 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Online ticket sales are not available. Descriptions of the trips are as follows.

Park serviceJune 25: Delaware Water Gap. “Join us for the Founder’s Day celebration including restaurants, shops, historic displays, a car show, and a historic program about the resorts in and around this small town. Departs at 9 a.m. and returns at approximately 5 p.m.”

July 30: East Stroudsburg. “Get a taste of the history of the mighty DL&W Railroad with tours of the historic East Stroudsburg tower. Enjoy the hospitality of East Stroudsburg with food and music. Departs at 9 a.m. and returns at 5 p.m.”

Aug. 20: Carbondale. “Tickets for the Heritage Explorer Train, sponsored by the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority, can be purchased at any branch of the Lackawanna County Library System. For more information about the train, contact the Carbondale Public Library at 570-282-4281. Departs Steamtown at 10 a.m.”

Oct. 8: East Stroudsburg. “View spectacular fall colors on this trip over the Pocono Plateau for East Stroudsburg’s Fall Foliage Festival and Fireman’s Picnic. Departs at 9 a.m. and returns at 5 p.m.”

Oct. 16: Delaware Water Gap. “An all-day excursion to the old resort town of Delaware Water Gap includes fall activities and a tour of this historic town. Departs at 9 a.m. and returns at approximately 5 p.m.”

Steamtown Attendance Up in 2016 by 35%

April 30, 2016

Steamtown National Historic Site is crediting the return of a working steam locomotive for an uptick in attendance during the first three months of this year.

Last December the park completed restoration of Baldwin 0-6-0 No. 26 and rededicated it during a ceremony this month to mark National Parks Week.

Park serviceThrough March 31, more than 10,000 had visited Steamtown, an increase of 35 percent.

Park officials also credit a visit last year of Nickel Plate Road No. 765 with bolstering the 2015 attendance, particularly during September.

In September 2014, Steamtown saw 6,900 visitors, but in September 2015 when the 2-8-4 Berkshire was on the property the number of visitors exceeded 13,000.

For the year, Steamtown had 89,592 visitors in 2015 compared with 84,257 in 2014, an increase of 6 percent.

Recent attendance figures, though, are well below what the park has seen in the past.

More than 211,000 visited Steamtown in 1995 – the year it held a grand opening – and visitation was around the 150,000 through 2000. The record low visitation was 61,000 in 2006.

By way of comparison, the The Colorado Railroad Museum draws 100,000 annually, the B&O Railroad Museum sees 200,000 a year and the California State Railroad Museum enjoys annual attendance of 500,000.

Steamtown Superintendent Deborah Conway told Trains magazine that one reason for the lackluster attendance in recent years has been that it hasn’t done enough to encourage repeat visits.

Conway, who took at Steamtown in 2014, said the park is seeking to create new and interesting events that will make people want to come back.

This includes excursions and having more working steam locomotives.

The Steamtown shops are currently working to restore former Boston & Maine 4-6-2 No. 3713.

Other attractions will include new locomotives, new exhibits and new excursions.

The park plans to repeat in September its Railfes event, although it is not expected to feature main line steam like it did last year.

Steamtown To Offer Free Admission

March 31, 2016

As part of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton, Pennsylvania will offer free admission.

Park serviceThe 100th anniversary celebration will take place the week of April 16-24. A dedication ceremony on April 17 at 11 a.m. will feature restored Baldwin 0-6-0 No. 26. The locomotive was returned to steam last December.

Built in 1929, No. 26 served the Jackson Iron & Steel Company. Steamtown acquired the 0-6-0 in January 1990. The ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 17.

No. 26 will pull trips of the Scranton Limited between 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. on April 17. The fare will be $5 per person.