Steamtown National Historic Site announces 2017 Holiday Express excursions

Santa waits on the platform for the arrival of the Holiday Express train at the station in Moscow. - Submitted photo

SCRANTON — Steamtown National Historic Site will operate diesel-powered “Holiday Express” excursions to Moscow, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 24, 25 and 26.

These festive excursions offer caroling aboard the trains to Moscow, where the “big guy in the red suit” will be waiting. At the restored freight station, adults can help their youngsters write letters for Santa to take with him to the North Pole, make holiday arts and crafts, see a model train and village exhibit, and take “selfies” with jolly old St. Nick. Light refreshments, along with souvenirs, will be available for sale at the station stop.

Friday and Saturday, Nov. 24 and 25 departure times from Steamtown are 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., with return times scheduled for approximately 11:45 a.m. and 3:45 p.m., respectively. Sunday, Nov. 26 departure time is 12:30 p.m., with return time set for approximately 2:45 p.m. Trains begin boarding 30 minutes prior to departure.

Passenger coaches will be propane-heated but may be chilly, so people should dress according to the weather. The coaches are not accessible for individuals with mobility issues. Seats are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis by calling 570-340-5204 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Internet and email orders/sales are not available. Reservations are $24 for adults ages 16-61, $22 for adults 62 years and older, $17 for children ages 6-15 and free for children to age 5 with an accompanying adult.

The park’s short train rides will operate at 10:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. Fridays through Sundays, through Nov. 12. While the park no longer charges an entrance fee, there is a charge of $5 for all, ages 6 and older, for the short train rides. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Santa waits on the platform for the arrival of the Holiday Express train at the station in Moscow.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_ABJ-Holiday-Express.jpgSanta waits on the platform for the arrival of the Holiday Express train at the station in Moscow. Submitted photo