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« on: Mar 3rd, 2014, 9:57am »
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In a new move, the 2014 excursion schedule was released the past weekend on Facebook.  It is not yet on the website. (March 3) Each train trip is listed as an event, and the season is a bit longer this year, with specials beginning in May, instead of late June or early July.  October's schedule is not yet released.
Steamtown did not have a Facebook presence last year. The page went live in July.
 
Anyway, in case you are not on Facebook, here is what to expect:
The season begins April 19 with the beginning of National Parks Week. The Scranton Limited kicks off.
The first excursion going out of the park is going to Jessup. This is Saturday May 24 as part of the Troops and Trains event.
June 8 (Sunday) begins the run to Moscow.
June 14 (Sat) to Gouldsboro
June 15 (Father's Day) to Gouldsboro
June 21 (Sat) to Jessup
June 22 (Sun) to Moscow
June 28 (Founder's Day Fair) to Delaware Water Gap
June 29 (SunP to Gouldsboro
July 5 (Sat) to Olyphant
July 6 (Sun) to Moscow
July 12(Sat) to East Stroudsburg
July 13 (Sun) to Dickson City
July 19 (Sat) to Gouldsboro
July 20 (Sun) to Moscow
July 26 (Sat) to Tobyhanna  Christmas in July train Santa Claus will be there.
July 27 (Sun) to Cresco
August 2 (Sat) to Binghamton, NY
August 3 (Sun) to Moscow
August 9 (Sat) to Cresco
August 10 (Sun) to Dickson City
 
August 17 (Sun) to Moscow
August 23 (Sat) to Binghamton
August 24 (Sun) to Gouldsboro
August 30 (Railfest) to Moscow
August 31 (RailFest) to Moscow.
 
I think the August 16 train is contracted out to the Lackawanna Library System for the train to Carbondale.  It usually takes place that time of year. Steamtown does not sell those tickets.
All excursions will be led by diesel locomotives.  Most likely Nickel Plate 514, but the Lackawanna F3s will be back up and running for the season.
 
For those unfamiliar with some of the destinations, Dickson City, Olyphant and Jessup (along with Carbondale) are on the D-L's former Delaware & Hudson mainline.  Moscow, Gouldsboro, Tobyhanna, Cresco, East Stroudsburg and Delaware Water Gap are on the D-L's Pocono Mainline, which was originally Delaware Lackawanna & Western.  Binghamton, NY is on the Canadian Pacific Railway.
 


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« Reply #1 on: Mar 17th, 2014, 7:45pm »
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Thanks for posting, the excursions to Binghamton look interesting!


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« Reply #2 on: Mar 31st, 2014, 11:01pm »
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And finally for March 31, we have the brochure online.  There should be paper versions available via mail and at the visitor center too.
 
http://www.nps.gov/stea/planyourvisit/upload/2014-Excursion-Schedule.pdf
 


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« Reply #3 on: Apr 5th, 2014, 11:52pm »
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Ticket sales by phone, and in person begin April 18.


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« Reply #4 on: Apr 21st, 2014, 5:09pm »
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on Mar 17th, 2014, 7:45pm, mike_nepa wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Thanks for posting, the excursions to Binghamton look interesting!

I just bought a ticket for the Binghampton this past Saturday! The Phoebe Snow used to travel through Binghampton, so I`m not passing THIS one up!  


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« Reply #5 on: May 7th, 2014, 7:22pm »
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Both Binghamton trips are canceled.  Apparently CP told Steamtown both days were "too busy".  Hopefully they can work out alternate dates.

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« Reply #6 on: Jun 25th, 2014, 11:10am »
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The excursion season is well underway, and the longest trip of the year is this coming Saturday, going to Delaware Water Gap and the Founder's Day Festival.
A couple weeks ago, we ran to Gouldsboro, and the Historical Society there is taking on a Roaring 20s theme.  All trains to Gouldsboro this summer are called the Gatsby Express.

Here are some of the characters we encountered on June 14, Free flags and popcorn were offered to the travelers.

Old Fashioned fun and games in the form of hopscotch took place.  

Law Enforcement in those days was a bit more stern (and a bit more comical, too) than we experience today.

These baskets are set up for a bean bag toss.

Try your best to get a bag in the basket.  30 points wins a prize.

And we have a winner!

Next one up!

All of this fun, and music and history is brought to you by these wonderful people at the Gouldsboro Depot.


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« Reply #7 on: Jun 25th, 2014, 11:16am »
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For those of you missing pictures of the train, here is the return arrival of the Gatsby Express arriving in Scranton.

The F3 664 and GP9 514 were MUed together for this run.  The runaround area is in Tobyhanna.

Some people used this opportunity to muse about what a DL&W-NKP merger might have looked like in the 1960s.  Instead, NKP became part of the Norfolk & Western, and DL&W became Erie Lackawanna.

The entire train for the day.  


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« Reply #8 on: Jun 25th, 2014, 11:30am »
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Now for some photos of the Excursion this past Sunday, June 22 going to Moscow.

The sun was beautiful that day, but being high noon, was not in the greatest location for train photos.  Here we see the trolley getting ready for a trip to the Railriders-Pawtucket game, as the excursion boards guest for the run to Moscow.
Work began late May for the rebuilding of the boarding platform, and it is nearly complete.

Running longhood forward today.  

Now we are in Moscow, and the runaround is taking place.  514 has cleared the switch and is moving to collect the coaches.

Just a tap and the coupling will be done.

Remember to stay on the station side of the yellow line!
 

Only a bit more sun on this side of the train.

"Well, are you getting on or not?"    Conductor Ottinger prepares the train for the return to Scranton.


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« Reply #9 on: Aug 8th, 2014, 6:21pm »
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* Well tomorrow is the Cresco trip. I'll be there on it and get some photos. I think just like the last trip shown in photos here 664 will head end going south. After the runaround at Cresco 514 will lead the way home. It should be a nice day.  
 frank


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« Reply #10 on: Sep 9th, 2014, 3:43pm »
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Here are some photos from the Cresco excursion...

The train arrives at Cresco station. Just over 100 people rode the train. F3 number 664 is in the lead.  663 will be ready for the line later in the year.

This is Bestway Lumber.  Hidden by the trees, there is a long passing siding there which the train crews used as the run-around location.

More people than me wanted a photo of this unusual lineup of locomotives.

"Real steam" trains in G gauge were running at the station location.  

A good seat was to be had while riding aboard car 353.  Not all excursions offered first class seating.

A hungry bunch waited in line for some lunch.
A musical interlude and a car show, along with tours of the museum in the station kept people busy during the layover time.

Here is the entire Cresco station area protected by the Barrett Township Historical Society.  The depot, crossing guard shanty and boarding/omnibus parking shelter.
When the rail line was double-tracked here, there was also a road which crossed at this location.  Recovery from the flood of 1955 and other changes have eliminated the road.

Keeping the crossing guard out of the weather, this shanty is a rebuilt structure based on photos of this and other similar shanties.

On the return journey, Nickel Plate 514 led the way to Scranton. Here, she leads the train into the station.


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« Reply #11 on: Sep 15th, 2014, 11:46pm »
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October is our best selling part of the year, and the Fall schedule is online.  Every Saturday and Sunday Steamtown will have an excursion going someplace.  
Saturday, Oct 4 Scranton to East Stroudsburg.  Civil War themed train.
Sunday, Oct 5 Scranton to Moscow.
Saturday, Oct 11 Scranton to East Stroudsburg.
Sunday, Oct 12 Scranton to Tobyhanna
Saturday, Oct 18 Scranton to Moscow
Sunday, Oct 19 Scranton to Delaware Water Gap
Saturday, Oct 25 Scranton to East Stroudsburg
Sunday, Oct 26 Scranton to Moscow.
 
Tickets are available from October 1 until the last one sells.  Which one are you taking?


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