Steamtown National Historic Site Hiring Curatorial Assistant intern

In partnership with the American Conservation Experience (ACE) and the NPS Cultural Resources Diversity Internship Program (CRDIP), Steamtown National Historic Site is hosting a curatorial assistant. The selected ACE member will assist curatorial staff with collection management activities and participate in professional development opportunities. 

The CRDIP introduces students and recent graduates, from backgrounds historically underrepresented in the National Parks, to career opportunities within Cultural Resource Management in the NPS. “Underrepresented” and “diversity” are broad terms in this context meant to reach as many students and recent graduates as possible from all backgrounds.

Click the link below to learn more and apply today!

https://usaconservation.applicantpool.com/jobs/1062276

The Steamtown National Historic Site to Host “Stuff the Caboose” Event

Steamtown National Historic Site (NHS) invites the public to “Stuff the Caboose” and enjoy some holiday cheer on Friday, November 17, 2023, from 5:00pm – 7:00pm. This free family event will take place at Steamtown NHS, located at 350 Cliff Street in Scranton. 

The holiday season is just around the corner! Steamtown NHS and its partners are asking for your help to restock the United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA Food Pantry with non-perishable food items. Interact with Scranton’s police and fire departments and their equipment, enjoy the sounds of holiday music provided by students from West Scranton High School Strings and Band, sample s’mores over a horizontal “Ring of Fire”, and take in the sight of locomotives decorated with holiday lights. Visitors will also have photo opportunities with the former Nay Aug Park Miniature Train to capture new memories or relive those from long ago! 

Steamtown National Historic Site Winter Updates and Holiday Events

November brings along colder weather and shorter days, signaling a time of transition at Steamtown National Historic Site (NHS).

Winter Updates

Sunday, November 12: final day for Short Train Rides and access to “Big Boy” Cab;

Monday, November 13: begin winter hours of operation, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., daily.

Steamtown’s History Museum, Roundhouse building, and outdoor spaces will remain open throughout the winter. Weather may cause delays or closures, for updates visit http://go.nps.gov/STEAconditions.

Upcoming Holiday Events

“Stuff the Caboose” will take place on Friday, November 17 from 5 a.m. – 7 p.m. The “Holiday Express” excursions to Moscow will run Friday, November 24 and Saturday, November 25; two trips offered each day from 9:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Santa Claus will arrive at Steamtown via the “Santa Train” on Saturday, December 2 around 3 p.m. The “North Pole Limited”, an event sponsored by the Iron Horse Society, will occur December 9, 10, 16, 17, 22, and 23; please check the Iron Horse Society’s website for tickets.

Steamtown NHS is in Scranton, Pennsylvania. From Interstate-81 follow exit 185; then follow the brown and white signs to the park entrance at Lackawanna Avenue and Cliff Street. Park information is available by calling (570) 445-1898, or by visiting the park website.

Steamtown National Historic Site Autumn Train Schedule 

Steamtown National Historic Site (NHS) train rides continue this fall through November. The Steamtown NHS rail experience varies from short 30-minute trips exploring the park’s historic railroad yard to full-day trips into the Poconos.

Visitors are now able to purchase advance tickets online through recreation.gov for our fall excursions (Sep.-Nov.). Tickets for our short train rides, the “Scranton Limited,” “Nay Aug Limited,” or Caboose Experience, are not available for advance purchase online and must be purchased on-site at the Tickets & Information Kiosk, on the day of your visit. All ticket sales will be credit card only.

Now through Sunday, November 12th:
• Our short train rides will operate Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, as staffing permits. Departure times are: 10:30am, 11:30am, 1:15pm, and 2:30pm.
• Tickets are $6 for adults and kids over the age of 5; $1 for kids 5 and under. Tickets must be purchased on-site at the Tickets & Information Kiosk, the day of your visit. Tickets are valid all day on the date of purchase and may be used for multiple short train ride experiences.
• Seating availability is first come, first served. We recommend getting in line 15-20 minutes ahead of scheduled departure time.
• The “Scranton Limited” or “Nay Aug Limited” are not available on days we offer scheduled excursions. On excursion days, as staffing permits, the Caboose Experience will be offered.

2023 Autumn Excursions (Sep.-Nov.): Tickets now available for purchase online
• Saturday, September 2nd – Gouldsboro: Craft Show (11am-3pm)
• Saturday, September 23rd – Carbondale: Autumn Marketplace (9:30am-4pm)
• Saturday, October 7th – Tobyhanna: Fall Foliage, Ice House Tour (10:30am-3:30pm)
• Sunday, October 15th – Cresco: Leaf Peeper Excursion (11am-4:30pm)
• Saturday, October 28th – Gouldsboro: Ghoulsboro Halloween (11am-3pm)
• Friday, November 24th – Moscow: Holiday Express (9:30am-12:15pm)
• Friday, November 24th – Moscow: Holiday Express (1:30pm-4:15pm)
• Saturday, November 25th – Moscow: Holiday Express (9:30am-12:15pm)
• Saturday, November 25th – Moscow: Holiday Express (1:30pm-4:15pm)

NOTICE:
• Train rides are subject to cancellation due to mechanical issues, inclement weather, or crew availability.
Located in downtown Scranton, Pennsylvania, Steamtown NHS is open 9:00am to 5:00pm, daily. From Interstate-81 follow exit 185 (President Biden Expressway, formerly known as Central Scranton Expressway); then follow the brown and white signs to the park entrance at Lackawanna Avenue and Cliff Street (GPS: N 41.41, W 75.67). General park information is available by visiting the park website anytime.

Steamtown National Historic Site Receives Generous Donation to Restore Locomotive

A generous financial donation to Steamtown National Historic Site (NHS) is helping fund the restoration of the Atlantic Coast Line #1901, a steam era diesel locomotive in the park’s collection. Steamtown NHS was one of six railroad museums identified to receive funds from the estate of Eric J. Yankovich, a longtime rail enthusiast.   

The Atlantic Coast Line #1901 is a SW-1 class switching locomotive manufactured by the EMC Division of General Motors Corporation in 1939. Its restoration will help enhance the live railroad experience, a key component of the mission of Steamtown NHS. In addition to carrying out switching operations, #1901 may be used to provide short distance passenger rides throughout the rail yard.  

“On behalf of the National Park Service, I would like to thank the family of Mr. Yankovich for his generosity and support of these treasured and historic places.” said Steamtown NHS Superintendent Cherie Shepherd. “I’d also like to thank the Iron Horse Society for helping fulfill Mr. Yankovich’s wishes and facilitating the transfer of funds to the park for this important restoration work.”

After graduating from Drexel University with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, Yankovich took a position with the United States Navy as an engineer. While employed by the Navy, he continued his studies, attained a master’s degree in mechanical engineering and became a licensed professional engineer. Yankovich eventually left the Navy and formed a structural analytics consulting firm that he managed until retirement. 

The contract for the restoration was awarded to McHugh Locomotive & Equipment. The work is expected to be complete by the end of 2025. The park’s philanthropic partner, the Iron Horse Society, also supported this project by choosing a Lehigh Valley Railroad paint scheme for the #1901 restoration.      

Steamtown National Historic Site Increases Access

Effective immediately, visitors now have access to the following indoor areas between 10 am – 4 pm:

History Museum, Louisville & Nashville Railway Post Office Car; Erie Business Car, Cut-A-Way exhibit, Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Box Car; and Rutland Caboose.

The reopening of these areas is a welcome addition to the roundhouse, railyard, and grounds which continue to remain open.

Just as an FYI for you all, not to be published on social media just yet: the visitor center, theater, and remaining portions of the technology museum will have longer term closures until our heating system can be permanently fixed.  We do not have an anticipated reopening date for these spaces. We will be setting up a TV and small viewing area for the “Steel and Steam” movie on the third floor of the History Museum and beginning in May, will have an information desk staffed by volunteers. We will need to work with our NPS regional and national communications offices to develop a Press Release or official statement with an update on the building closures and heating systems.

Steamtown Celebrates National Park Week 2023 starting Saturday, April 22

We’ll mark this celebration with cab tours of the Union Pacific “Big Boy,” ranger-guided programs, and locomotive shop tours.  Please see attached flyer for program details throughout the week.

Guided tours of the locomotive shop are planned to be offered daily at 12noon throughout the summer.

Summer Hours begin Monday, April 24

Steamtown will be open from 9am-5pm, daily.

Train Rides resume for 2023 on Thursday, May 11

Short Train Rides

  • Our short train rides, the Scranton Limited or Caboose Experience, will operate Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, as staffing permits. Departure times are: 10:30am11:30am1:15pm, and 2:30pm.
  • Tickets are $6.00 for adults and kids over the age of 5; kids 5 and under are $1.00Tickets must be purchased on-site at the Information Kiosk, the day of your visit. Tickets are valid all day and for ANY departure time on the date of purchase.
  • Seating availability is first come, first served; we recommend getting in line 15-20 minutes ahead of scheduled departure time.
  • The Caboose Experience will be offered in lieu of the Scranton Limited on dates we offer longer excursion rides, as staffing permits.

Excursions – view 2023 schedule (bottom of page)

  • Pricing varies depending on the destination:
    • Adult (ages 12-61) $25.00-$55.00;
    • Senior (ages 62+) $23.00-$50.00;
    • Youth (ages 3-11) $18.00-$33.00;
    • Child (ages 2 and under) $1.00.
  • Tickets for our Summer Excursions may now be purchased in advance online through recreation.gov. Additionally, for those not comfortable with the recreation.gov platform, excursion tickets may be purchased on-site at the Information Kiosk. All ticket sales will be credit card only.
    • Tickets for our Summer Excursions (May-Aug) now available.
    • Tickets for our Autumn Excursions (Sep-Oct) will be released 90 days before the excursion date.

Railfest – Saturday, June 17, 2023

Save the date!  Details are still being ironed out, but we will be hosting our event to celebrate the industrial heritage of the area in conjunction with Anthracite Heritage Museum’s Arts on Fire event at the Scranton Iron Furnaces.  A free shuttle will be available to provide transportation between sites.  We have also put out a request for proposals from Mobile Food Vendors for the event, please spread the word. More information here.

As with all events and programming at Steamtown NHS, items identified above are subject to change and cancellation.  Our website is the best place for the most up to date information: Alerts & Conditions – Steamtown National Historic Site (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov)

Steamtown National Historic Site Seeking Vendors for Event

Steamtown National Historic Site (NHS) is seeking proposals from vendors to provide mobile food services on Saturday, June 17, 2023 for the site’s Railfest event. Those submitting proposals will be required to follow the latest version of the FDA food code, follow Temporary Food Event (TFE) guidance provided by the Office of Public Health (OPH), and hold a NPS Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) with Steamtown NHS.

For additional information, applications, or clarification of requirements, please e-mail stea_permits@nps.gov or visit: www.nps.gov/stea/planyourvisit/permitsandreservations.htm

Steamtown’s 2023 Railfest event is being offered in partnership with the Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum’s Arts on Fire event held at the Scranton Iron Furnaces. Both sites are excited to be collaborating to provide an interactive and immersive experience showcasing our community’s industrial heritage. Details are still being ironed out for the events which are expected to include activities such as an iron pour, live music, arts programming, and more! Updates will be forthcoming.

Located in downtown Scranton, PA, Steamtown NHS is currently open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; at the time of the event and during summer months, hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. From Interstate-81 follow exit 185 (Central Scranton Expressway); then follow the brown and white signs to the park entrance at Lackawanna Avenue and Cliff Street (GPS: N 41.41, W 75.67). General park information is available by visiting the park website anytime.

Steamtown National Historic Site 2023 Train Schedule

Steamtown National Historic Site (NHS) train rides resume for the season on Thursday, May 11, 2023. The Steamtown NHS rail experience varies from short 30-minute trips exploring the park’s historic railroad yard to full-day trips through the Poconos. Short train rides, which include the Scranton Limited or Caboose Experience, will begin on Thursday, May 11th. The first excursion trip of the season will take place on Saturday, May 20th to Carbondale, PA allowing visitors to experience the community’s Spring Marketplace event.

Starting Saturday, April 1st visitors will be able to purchase advance tickets online through recreation.gov for our summer excursions (May-Aug.); tickets for our autumn excursions (Sep.-Oct.) will be released 90 days in advance of the excursion date. Tickets for our short train rides, the Scranton Limited or Caboose Experience, will not be available for advance purchase online and must be purchased on-site at the Information Kiosk, the day of your visit. All ticket sales will be credit card only.

Beginning Thursday, May 11th:

Our short train rides, the Scranton Limited or Caboose Experience will operate Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, as staffing permits. Departure times are: 10:30am, 11:30am, 1:15pm, and 2:30pm.Tickets are $6 for adults and kids over the age of 5; $1 for kids 5 and under. Tickets must be purchased on-site at the Information Kiosk, the day of your visit. Tickets are valid all day on the date of purchase and may be used for multiple short train ride experiences.Seating availability is first come, first served. We recommend getting in line 15-20 minutes ahead of scheduled departure time.The Caboose Experience will be offered in lieu of the Scranton Limited on dates we offer longer excursion rides, as staffing permits.

2023 Summer Excursions: Tickets available for purchase online Saturday, April 1st

  • Saturday, May 20th – Carbondale: Spring Marketplace
  • Saturday, May 27th – Gouldsboro: Craft Show
  • Saturday, June 10th – Carbondale: Outdoor Adventure Train with LHVA (BIKE)
  • Saturday, June 10th – Archbald: Outdoor Adventure Train with LHVA (HIKE)
  • Sunday, June 18th – Cresco: Father’s Day Excursion
  • Saturday, June 24th – Delaware Water Gap: Founder’s Day
  • Saturday, July 15th – Tobyhanna: Ice House Tour or Self-Guided Town Tour
  • Sunday, July 23rd – Gouldsboro: Depot Open, Children’s Activities, and Food
  • Saturday, August 12th – East Stroudsburg: (F)East Stroudsburg
  • Sunday, August 27th – Cresco: Museum Open, Entertainment, and Food

2023 Autumn Excursions: Tickets available for purchase online 90 days in advance of excursion date

  • Saturday, September 2nd – Gouldsboro: Craft Show
  • Saturday, September 23rd – Carbondale: Autumn Marketplace
  • Saturday, October 7th – Tobyhanna: Fall Foliage, Ice House Tour or Self-Guided Town Tour
  • Sunday, October 15th – Cresco: Leaf Peeper Excursion
  • Saturday, October 21st – Delaware Water Gap: Fall Foliage
  • Saturday, October 28th – Gouldsboro: Ghoulsboro Halloween

NOTICE: Train rides are subject to cancellation due to mechanical issues, inclement weather, or crew availability.

Steamtown National Historic Site (NHS) train rides resume for the season on Thursday, May 11, 2023. The Steamtown NHS rail experience varies from short 30-minute trips exploring the park’s historic railroad yard to full-day trips through the Poconos. Short train rides, which include the Scranton Limited or Caboose Experience, will begin on Thursday, May 11th. The first excursion trip of the season will take place on Saturday, May 20th to Carbondale, PA allowing visitors to experience the community’s Spring Marketplace event.

Visitors are now able to purchase advance tickets online through recreation.gov for our summer excursions (May-Aug.); tickets for our autumn excursions (Sep.-Oct.) will be released 90 days in advance of the excursion date. Tickets for our short train rides, the Scranton Limited or Caboose Experience, will not be available for advance purchase online and must be purchased on-site at the Information Kiosk, the day of your visit. All ticket sales will be credit card only.

Beginning Thursday, May 11th:

  • Our short train rides, the Scranton Limited or Caboose Experience will operate Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, as staffing permits. Departure times are: 10:30am, 11:30am, 1:15pm, and 2:30pm.
  • Tickets are $6 for adults and kids over the age of 5; $1 for kids 5 and under. Tickets must be purchased on-site at the Information Kiosk, the day of your visit. Tickets are valid all day on the date of purchase and may be used for multiple short train ride experiences.
  • Seating availability is first come, first served. We recommend getting in line 15-20 minutes ahead of scheduled departure time.
  • The Caboose Experience will be offered in lieu of the Scranton Limited on dates we offer longer excursion rides, as staffing permits.

2023 Summer Excursions: Tickets now available for purchase online

  • Saturday, May 20th – Carbondale: Spring Marketplace
  • Saturday, May 27th – Gouldsboro: Craft Show
  • Saturday, June 10th – Carbondale: Outdoor Adventure Train with LHVA (BIKE)
  • Saturday, June 10th – Archbald: Outdoor Adventure Train with LHVA (WALK)
  • Sunday, June 18th – Cresco: Father’s Day Excursion
  • Saturday, June 24th – Delaware Water Gap: Founder’s Day
  • Saturday, July 15th – Tobyhanna: Ice House Tour or Self-Guided Town Tour
  • Sunday, July 23rd – Gouldsboro: Depot Open, Children’s Activities, and Food
  • Saturday, August 12th – East Stroudsburg: (F)East Stroudsburg
  • Sunday, August 27th – Cresco: Museum Open, Entertainment, and Food

2023 Autumn Excursions: Tickets available for purchase online 90 days in advance of excursion date

  • Saturday, September 2nd – Gouldsboro: Craft Show
  • Saturday, September 23rd – Carbondale: Autumn Marketplace
  • Saturday, October 7th – Tobyhanna: Fall Foliage, Ice House Tour or Self-Guided Town Tour
  • Sunday, October 15th – Cresco: Leaf Peeper Excursion
  • Saturday, October 21st – Delaware Water Gap: Fall Foliage
  • Saturday, October 28th – Gouldsboro: Ghoulsboro Halloween

NOTICE:

  • Train rides are subject to cancellation due to mechanical issues, inclement weather, or crew availability.

Steamtown National Historic Site (NHS) train rides resume for the season on Thursday, May 11, 2023. The Steamtown NHS rail experience varies from short 30-minute trips exploring the park’s historic railroad yard to full-day trips through the Poconos. Short train rides, which include the Scranton Limited or Caboose Experience, will begin on Thursday, May 11th. The first excursion trip of the season will take place on Saturday, May 20th to Carbondale, PA allowing visitors to experience the community’s Spring Marketplace event.

Visitors are now able to purchase advance tickets online through recreation.gov for our summer excursions (May-Aug.); tickets for our autumn excursions (Sep.-Oct.) will be released 90 days in advance of the excursion date. Tickets for our short train rides, the Scranton Limited or Caboose Experience, will not be available for advance purchase online and must be purchased on-site at the Information Kiosk, the day of your visit. All ticket sales will be credit card only.

Beginning Thursday, May 11th:

  • Our short train rides, the Scranton Limited or Caboose Experience will operate Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, as staffing permits. Departure times are: 10:30am, 11:30am, 1:15pm, and 2:30pm.
  • Tickets are $6 for adults and kids over the age of 5; $1 for kids 5 and under. Tickets must be purchased on-site at the Information Kiosk, the day of your visit. Tickets are valid all day on the date of purchase and may be used for multiple short train ride experiences.
  • Seating availability is first come, first served. We recommend getting in line 15-20 minutes ahead of scheduled departure time.
  • The Caboose Experience will be offered in lieu of the Scranton Limited on dates we offer longer excursion rides, as staffing permits.

2023 Summer Excursions: Tickets now available for purchase online

  • Saturday, May 20th – Carbondale: Spring Marketplace
  • Saturday, May 27th – Gouldsboro: Craft Show
  • Saturday, June 10th – Carbondale: Outdoor Adventure Train with LHVA (BIKE)
  • Saturday, June 10th – Archbald: Outdoor Adventure Train with LHVA (WALK)
  • Sunday, June 18th – Cresco: Father’s Day Excursion
  • Saturday, June 24th – Delaware Water Gap: Founder’s Day
  • Saturday, July 15th – Tobyhanna: Ice House Tour or Self-Guided Town Tour
  • Sunday, July 23rd – Gouldsboro: Depot Open, Children’s Activities, and Food
  • Saturday, August 12th – East Stroudsburg: (F)East Stroudsburg
  • Sunday, August 27th – Cresco: Museum Open, Entertainment, and Food

2023 Autumn Excursions: Tickets available for purchase online 90 days in advance of excursion date

  • Saturday, September 2nd – Gouldsboro: Craft Show
  • Saturday, September 23rd – Carbondale: Autumn Marketplace
  • Saturday, October 7th – Tobyhanna: Fall Foliage, Ice House Tour or Self-Guided Town Tour
  • Sunday, October 15th – Cresco: Leaf Peeper Excursion
  • Saturday, October 21st – Delaware Water Gap: Fall Foliage
  • Saturday, October 28th – Gouldsboro: Ghoulsboro Halloween

NOTICE:

  • Train rides are subject to cancellation due to mechanical issues, inclement weather, or crew availability.

Located in downtown Scranton, Pennsylvania, Steamtown NHS is open 9:00am to 5:00pm, daily. From Interstate-81 follow exit 185 (President Biden Expressway, formerly known as Central Scranton Expressway); then follow the brown and white signs to the park entrance at Lackawanna Avenue and Cliff Street (GPS: N 41.41, W 75.67). General park information is available by visiting the park website anytime.

National Park Service “Stuff the Caboose” Holiday Event

Steamtown National Historic Site (NHS) invites the public to “Stuff the Caboose” and enjoy some holiday cheer on Saturday, November 19, 2022 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm. This free family event will take place at Steamtown NHS, located at 350 Cliff Street in Scranton.

The holiday season is just around the corner! Steamtown NHS and its partners are asking for your help to restock the United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA Food Pantry with non-perishable food items. Interact with Scranton’s police and fire departments and their equipment, enjoy s’mores over a horizontal “Ring of Fire” and locomotives decorated with holiday lights. Visitors will also have photo opportunities with the former Nay Aug Park Miniature Train to capture new memories or relive those from long ago!

The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continues to be paramount. The CDC has offered guidance to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19 and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.

Located in downtown Scranton, Pennsylvania, Steamtown NHS is open daily from 10:00am to 4:00pm. From Interstate-81 follow exit 185 (Central Scranton Expressway); then follow the brown and white signs to the park entrance at Lackawanna Avenue and Cliff Street (GPS: N 41.41, W 75.67). General park information is available by phoning (570) 340-5200, or by visiting the park website anytime