Steamtown gearing up for annual Labor Day weekend Railfest

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Steamtown National Historic Site website
SCRANTON, Pa. — The Steamtown National Historic Site is getting ready for its Railfest weekend on Sept. 2 and 3. The annual event, which celebrates railroad operations of the past, present, and future kicks off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 2.

The theme for this year’s event focuses on the transition from steam to diesel and will include presentations from railroad publishers, preservation groups, and entertainment by local musicians and other performers.

The Erie Lackawanna Dining Car Preservation Society will host an evening dinner and entertainment activity during after-hours events on Friday and Saturday.

In addition, a 7,500-pound 1925-built Whitcomb gasoline-powered locomotive will be the featured display. The historic locomotive is from the National Museum of Industrial History in Bethlehem, Pa.

Other activities include hand car rides, blacksmithing demonstrations, locomotive shop tours, exhibit of railroad photographs from Trains contributor Dennis A. Livesey, an art exhibit by Mark Perry, and other venues geared for railfan enthusiasts and families.

Train excursions will be a part of the weekend, too.

Steamtown will host diesel-powered excursions to Moscow, Pa., on both days. The excursions will depart from Steamtown at 12:30 p.m. and will return at the park headquarters around 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Shorter train rides on the Scranton Limited and an expanded schedule at the Lackawanna County’s Electric City Trolley Museum will also be among the excursions offered during Railfest.

All Railfest activities and programs are included in the park’s $7 daily entrance fee for visitors 16 and older.

More information is available online.

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