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Steamtown Excursion - Archbald: Outdoor Train (Hike)

Steamtown Excursion - Archbald: Outdoor Train (Hike)

Steamtown Excursion - Archbald: Outdoor Train (Hike)

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The Steamtown NHS is partnering with the Lackawanna Heritage Valley National and State Heritage Area (LHVA) to offer an "Outdoor Excursion" to Archbald! Hikers will traverse the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail from Archbald to Olyphant, approximately 4 miles. The train will bring you from Steamtown National Historic Site (NHS) to Archbald, dropping you off at the LHVA trailhead. Hikers will then walk the scenic Lackawanna River Heritage Trail with LHVA guides for 4 miles to Olyphant, where they will meet the train for a return trip to Steamtown NHS.

A highlight of the former Delaware & Hudson Railroad's Penn Division, and its predecessor, the Gravity Railroad. An engineering marvel of its day, for seventy years the Delaware and Hudson Canal Company's Gravity Railroad moved anthracite coal from mines in the Lackawanna Valley to awaiting barges in Honesdale PA. From Honesdale, this critical commodity was carried via canal to the Hudson River, ultimately making its way to New York City and other points. Anthracite coal helped fuel the American Industrial Revolution and provided an affordable and dependable heat source for the growing populations throughout the NYC metro.

The train ride will last approximately 1.5 hours; departing Steamtown at 9 AM and arriving in Archbald at 10:30 AM. The train will briefly stop at Archbald long enough to drop off hikers at the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail (LHVA) trailhead. Hikers will be joined by LHVA guides and depart the trailhead following the trail 4 miles to Olyphant Station. Returning train ride will last approximately .75 hours; departing Olyphant at 1 PM and arriving in Steamtown at 1:45 PM.

The Outdoor Train to Archbald is limited to HIKERS ONLY.

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