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New Exhibit, 'Hollywood Rides the Rails,' at Steamtown NHS

June 9, 2014

SCRANTON, Pa., June 9 -- The National Park Service's Steamtown National Historic Site issued the following news release:

Enveloped in clouds of steam and smoke, a locomotive rushes into the viewfinder of Hollywood cameras. Because of their size, sounds and their movements, a newly-mobile nation was mesmerized at the thoughts and romance of traveling to distant towns and cities, and trains became a popular tool, or "prop," with film makers. Particularly during the early twentieth century, railroads influenced cinema, which in turn influenced the public's view of railroads. "Hollywood Rides the Rails," a new exhibit at Steamtown National Historic Site, takes a look at some of those train-themed films and the stars that rode them. The exhibit is located in the park's Changing Exhibits Gallery and features movie stills, artifacts, posters, and the 1903 film "The Great Train Robbery."

The exhibit, open through Labor Day, is included in the park's daily Entrance Fee which is $7 for all, ages 16 and older; children 15 and younger accompanied by an adult are free. Located in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Steamtown NHS is open daily from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. From I-81 follow exit 185 (Central Scranton Expressway) to Lackawanna Avenue; then, follow the signs to the main entrance at Lackawanna and Cliff Avenues. Additional details regarding interpretive and educational programs and activities may be obtained by phoning (570) 340-5200 during business hours or by visiting the Park website at anytime!

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