Steamtown trip

Steamtown trip

PostBy: bksaun On: Wed Aug 27, 2008 9:05 am

I am taking my Wife and Son to Steamtown sometime in Sept, about a 4hr trip from Lex,Ky.

Question, How far from Scranton is the Yuengling Brewery? I would like to see it to while we are in that neck of the woods and take some home!

BK
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Re: Steamtown trip

PostBy: Richard S. On: Wed Aug 27, 2008 9:33 am

Ummm... that's probably a 8-9 hour trip at least giving a quick estimation and I'm a lead foot. It takes 5-6 hours to go from here to the Ohio border across 80, that's a straight shot and probably going 80-85 MPH.

The brewery is better than hour south of Scranton but I'm assuming you'll be traveling up 81 so its not out of the way at all. If you're going to Steamtown the Lackawanna Mine tour is very short distance from there.
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Re: Steamtown trip

PostBy: bksaun On: Wed Aug 27, 2008 9:43 am

Forgot to mention, I will be flying a Piper Archer, direct at 120knots + a tailwind I hope!

We will stay in scranton and rent a car to get around.

Anything else I should see while we are there, hopefully the weather will turn bad and delay my flight home a day or two... :o :)

Bk
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Re: Steamtown trip

PostBy: Richard S. On: Wed Aug 27, 2008 10:09 am

Glad to hear that, I was beginning to think you were insane. :D Busines? Pleasure? Both?

Not much to see or do here . If you're going to head down to the brewery you can stop by the Huber Breaker but that's not exactly a destination. You can only look at it from outside the fence. The intention is to turn it into a museum eventually. It's minutes off of I-81, you can see it from I-81 as you're going up the hill on heading out of the Valley. Roughly speaking you might spend a few minute there. Be like that scene in "Vacation" with the Griswalds when they look at the Grand Canyon for a few seconds. :lol:

Another similar destination might be the Nicholson Bridge which is the worlds largest all concrete bridge. That's about 30 minutes north of Scranton. Again not much to do except look at it. They have a small display. The excursion from Steamtown used to go across it but I don't think they do that anymore. Guess it depends on your tastes but I was always impressed with places like that when traveling. Still pissed me and my cousin missed the turn off for the worlds largest hand dug well in Kansas. :x

There's two major entertainment venues if you're interested in seeing a show . You'd have to check for dates and shows.
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Re: Steamtown trip

PostBy: bksaun On: Wed Aug 27, 2008 10:49 am

Pleasure trip, am planning a couple extra days on each end of it in case the WX decides to turn nasty.

Thanks

BK
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Re: Steamtown trip

PostBy: Richard S. On: Wed Aug 27, 2008 11:04 am

If it's for pleasure you might want to try and time it for the change in the leaves. That is something people do come here for because its quite spectacular with all the varieties of trees. There's like a week or two window where they are at their height. I'd imagine in a plane it would be that much better. Wet and colder weather like we've had makes it even better. They usually report on when the peak will be, typically early to mid October.


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Re: Steamtown trip

PostBy: stoker-man On: Wed Aug 27, 2008 11:26 am

About an hour south of Pottsville is the Mack Truck plant in Macungie. I think they still give tours.
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Re: Steamtown trip

PostBy: bksaun On: Wed Aug 27, 2008 12:00 pm

Flying VFR in October I usually gets hit with weather problems, last two years I had to cancell 90% of my flights due to low cielings and visibility so we thought Sept might be better.

If I don't come up in Oct you are guaranteed great weather!


BK
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Re: Steamtown trip

PostBy: stokin-railroad On: Wed Aug 27, 2008 12:32 pm

steamtown is having an excursion from steamtown to nicholson bridge on sat.sept 6 to nicholson stopping on the bridge then to hoppbottom to run around the train and return to steamtown $41.00 ticket it is an amazing view of the valley.no one will be allowed off the train so the viewing will be from windows or doors only.i get to ride over the bridge four times a week and they pay me :lol: guess i wont ride that train,but those steam engines are pretty interesting machines! enjoy your trip bksaun and fly safe.
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