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Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark

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Address: 1500 Glenn White Road, Altoona, PA
Phone Number: +1 814-941-7743
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Description: An unusual construction of rail-building that enabled trains to move...
An unusual construction of rail-building that enabled trains to move westward.
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This is impressive ... worth a side trip!

This is an amazing feat of engineering for the period when this track was laid. They say if you are at the front of the train you can see the back of the train across the curve... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
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Bedford, Pennsylvania
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Bedford, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

This is an amazing feat of engineering for the period when this track was laid. They say if you are at the front of the train you can see the back of the train across the curve (if it is a long train!). Altoona's baseball team is the Altoona Curve. There is a small museum with railroad memorabilia.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

If you are a train person this area including the curve is a can't miss. Would make another trip just to visit. While in the area see the museum in Altoona.

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Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Visited many times as a youth. Now that the trees obscure 90% of the view, I'd have to say until the beavers get to work and gnaw down about 45,000 trees you would be best served to choose your visit wisely. Pick a month where the trees have no leaves to enhance the visual.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Been here several times; my favorite as a passenger years ago. Take the steps up if you can tolerate, but the kids love the incline ride. It runs every 30 minutes but only fits 12 people so be prepared to wait.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

We enjoyed watching the trains! Our daughter thought that the ride in the funicular was awesome. She also learned about compost toilets when we used the restroom :)

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Cleveland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

This is a beautiful setting to train watch. It's a little challenging to navigate to but once in Altoona you're pretty close. The park where you view the trains at has limited hours so call ahead. The park area is scenic. There are restrooms, vending machines and picnic tables. There is a gift shop too. There are 3 tracks that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 via mobile

I think anyone into railroad history will love this place and now you can ride up if can't climb steps is handicap accessible,big for me in a wheelchair.

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Altoona, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The Horseshoe Curve is an engineering marvel. But it's also just a fun place to be. You take the funicular up to the top and stand within the horseshoe and watch the trains go up or down the mountain. There are enough daily trains that you rarely miss seeing one, or two passing while going each way. There are picnic... More 

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Monaca, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

this is really interesting for any railroad or history buffs. Also quite beautiful. visit in good weather!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

I went around this curve while on the Amtrak Pennsylvanian to Philadelphia. It's a great photo op to observe the train you are on, the curve lets you see the entire train.

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Address: Address: 1500 Glenn White Road, Altoona, PA
Phone Number: +1 814-941-7743
Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Altoona

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