Enjoy a day of history of the Coal Patch towns from Scranton to Archbald with Steamtown National Historic Site as well as the environmental treasures along the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail (LRHT) on Saturday, August 4 with a special excursion on the Penn Division Explorer Train from Scranton to the Gravity Slope in Archbald. Tickets are available at Steamtown National Historic Site.
The history of the Anthracite communities goes back 250 years, with the founding of the first towns along the Susquehanna River. It took a while for the hard coal to become marketable, but by the time it was, there was enough demand to keep ten anthracite hauling railroads in business. This excursion, emphasizing the history of the coal patch towns between Scranton and Archbald, will also include a few stops along the way for exploring remnants of Gravity Slope and other nearby coal processing locations. The only spot where people will disembark is in Archbald, along the
Lackawanna River Heritage Trail at the Laurel Street Trailhead, not at the boarding platform.
At the Trailhead, food will be available for purchase. Riders will also have the opportunity to take a guided nature walk with local naturalist, Jane Frye or see a fly-fishing demonstration with Trout Unlimited. If you would rather try something a little more adventurous, take a 45 minute guided bike ride along the trail..
This trip takes the former Delaware & Hudson RR Route, once referred to as its Penn Division. Traces of other railroads are evident along the way. The New York Ontario & Western, Erie, DL&W, the Grassy Island Railroad, D&H Gravity, and even the New York Susquehanna & Western Railroad have remnants in view.
Your D&H Penn Division ticket also includes admission to Steamtown National Historic Site’s grounds and museums opening at 9:00 AM.
Tickets for adults are $24.00, aged 16-61.
Senior tickets are $22.00 for those aged 62 and up.
Child tickets are $17.00 for those 6-15. Children under age six ride with a no-cost ticket.
Trains board at the Steamtown boarding platform 30 minutes before departure.
This is not considered a handicapped accessible train due to the stop in Archbald. Visitors are encouraged to wear sturdy shoes.