Railfest 2014 Coming To Steamtown National Historic Site This Weekend

Train fans looking for their fill of rail history should think about heading to Steamtown National Historic Site in eastern Pennsylvania this coming weekend for Railrest 2014.

Railfest 2014 Coming To Steamtown National Historic Site In Late August

Railroad buffs will be gathering in eastern Pennsylvania in late August, when Railfest 2014 is held at Steamtown National Historic Site.

Around The Parks: Hot Times In Death Valley, Teachers At C&O Canal, Yellowstone Visitation, And Riding The Train

The world's hottest day will be recalled at Death Valley National Park next month, while the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park is seeking teachers, Yellowstone National Park is watching visitation climb, and Steamtown National Historic Site trains will be running to the Delaware Water Gap late this month.

"Ghost Trains Of Scranton" On Display At Steamtown National Historic Site

They are called "ghost trains," but in truth they are simply old trains decaying on railroad sidings. And from November 4 through the end of the year you'll be able to enjoy some fantastic photos of these trains by Kathryn Scott Adams at Steamtown National Historic Site.

Autumn Steams Into Steamtown! All Aboard!

Come fall in Pennsylvania the hardwood forests glow orange, red, and yellow as the air takes on a crispness that blankets the Poconos with the smells of autumn. Board one of Steamtown National Historic Site's special fall excursion runs through this brilliant countryside and you can feast your eyes on the colors of the season in the comfort of a coach.

National Park Week Quiz #5 Revealed: Railfans Delight

This one’s where The Office is.

Canadian Pacific Railway "Holiday Train" Heading For Steamtown National Historic Site

International good will is scheduled to roll into Steamtown National Historic Site late this month when a Canadian Pacific Railway "Holiday Train" comes to visit as part of a food bank drive.

Women's History Month is Celebrated in the National Parks

The National Park Service uses exhibits, programs, and special events to help celebrate Women's History Month in the national parks, and not just ones that were established to honor women.

Odds and Ends From Around the National Park System

Items, some interesting, some perhaps not, from around the National Park System for a Monday morning's consideration.

Take the Holiday Express to Moscow at Steamtown National Historic Site

Steam train
Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton, PA, will offer the popular “Holiday Express” steam-powered excursions to Moscow on three days in November and December. This trip to Moscow and back will only take about three hours, and reservations are required.

Steamtown National Historic Site Schedules Leaf Peeper Excursions in the Poconos

Steamtown National Historic Site has scheduled eight steam-powered train trips to two popular destinations in the Poconos during the fall foliage season. Critics complain about Steamtown’s sparse excursion schedule, but there’s little to dislike about these leaf peeper outings.

National Park Quiz 21: Railroads

You don’t need to be a railfan to do well on this week’s railroad-focused quiz. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you polish the brass in Traveler’s private rail car.

Attendance Shortfalls at Steamtown National Historic Site Prompt Calls for Privatization

Visitation has plunged at Pennsylvania’s Steamtown National Historic Site, primarily because budget problems have prevented the park from meeting visitor expectations. Critics insist that only privatization can provide critical operational improvements and resuscitate Steamtown visitation.