Steamtown National Historic Site announces 2016 fall foliage excursions


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SCRANTON — Steamtown National Historic Site will provide train excursions through the fall countryside of the nearby Pocono Mountains. A total of 10 fall foliage excursions, all powered by historic diesel locomotives, are planned for this season. Reservations for all fall foliage excursions open at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 23.

Two trips to Gouldsboro are planned for Oct. 1 and 29, aboard a roundtrip excursion departing the Steamtown Boarding Platform at 11 a.m. and returning at 3 p.m. Step back to the Roaring 1920s at the historic Gouldsboro train station. Food, drink, books and souvenirs will be available for purchase. 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.

Trips to Moscow will depart at 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 2, 10, 15 and 22, and are expected to return at 3 p.m. The Lackawanna and Wyoming Valley Chapter NRHS, which leases the former Moscow passenger station and freight house, will offer light refreshments for sale during the train’s layovers. Moscow excursion tickets are priced at $24 for adults 16-61, $22 for seniors 62 and older, and $17 for children ages 6-15. Children to age 5 require a “no-charge” ticket.

On Oct. 8, visitors will head to East Stroudsburg for the borough’s Fall Foliage Festival and Fireman’s Picnic. The train will depart at 9 a.m. and return at 5 p.m. Visit this quaint, historic town and remember to make time to visit the East Stroudsburg Railroad Tower. Many local restaurants will also be open during the layover. Tickets are priced at $54, adults 16-61, $49, seniors 62 and older, and $32, children ages 6-15. Children to age 5 require a “no-charge” ticket.

A trip to Tobyhanna Station is planned for Sunday, Oct. 9. This excursion is scheduled to depart at 11 a.m. and return at 3 p.m. The National Railway Historical Society, Pocono Chapter will have light refreshments for sale at the Tobyhanna Station, which also includes a walking tour to an ice house. Ticket prices for the excursion are $34 for adults 16 to 61, $29 for seniors 62 and older, and $22 for children ages 6-15. Children five and younger require a “no-charge” ticket.

An excursion to Delaware Water Gap Station is scheduled to depart at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16, returning at 5 p.m. Tour this historic town and enjoy fall activities during your visit. Tickets are priced at $54, adults 16-61, $49, seniors 62 and older, and $32, children ages 6-15. Children to age 5 require a “no-charge” ticket.

Lastly, the park scheduled an excursion to Cresco, for Sunday, Oct. 23. Enjoy a musical visit with live guitar music and light refreshments. The restored depot preserves aspects of life in the early days of the Poconos. A show of historic autos is also part of the train visit, weather-permitting. Departs Steamtown at 11:30 a.m. and returns at 4 p.m. Excursion ticket prices are $34 for adults 16 to 61, $29 for seniors 62 and older, and $22 for children ages 6-15. Children 5 and younger require a “no-charge” ticket.

The 30-minute “Scranton Limited” short train rides inside the park boundaries will operate on Fridays and Saturdays in September and October, then continue on Saturdays through Nov. 19; the “Nay Aug Limited” short train rides will operate on September Sundays thru Nov. 27. All short train rides depart from the Roundhouse boarding area at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. There is an additional $5 charge for this ride. The daily entrance fee is $7 per person, all ages 16 and older. Children 15 and under, accompanied by an adult, are admitted to the park at no charge. The entrance fee includes parking and access to the outdoor grounds, the museum complex, scheduled walking tours, and the park movie, “Steel and Steam.”

For general park information, call 570-340-5200 or visit the park website at nps.gov/stea.

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Information provided by Steamtown National Historic Site.

Information provided by Steamtown National Historic Site.

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