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Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark

1500 Glenn White Road, Altoona, PA
+1 814-941-7743
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Ranked #3 of 19 Attractions in Altoona
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Description: An unusual construction of rail-building that enabled trains to move westward.
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Gentofte
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69 reviews 69 reviews
25 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

As long as there are leaves on trees and bushes and they havent cut down trees and bushes you dont get a circle view of the trains; you just see the trains right in front of you. Fall and winter will be quite different. Call them before visiting and check whether they have cut down the vegetation. If not -... More

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New City, NY
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4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

I visited the Horseshoe Curve on Sept 8, 2014. My immediate reaction upon arriving at the park was the sight of out of control vegetation and tree growth along the inside of the curve. The view from the trackside park is therefore limited to a small area directly in front of the park......One can no longer get a good view... More

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Altoona, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The experience is worth the time. There is a small museum at the base of the staircase that ascends to the actual viewing of the curve. It is helpful in explaining the purpose and engineering feat that you are about to see. The cost is reasonable and the area is well kept. It is a a must for train enthusiasts!

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Coatesville, Pennsylvania
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18 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We visited the Horseshoe Curve along with the Railroad Memorial Museum in Altoona. The roundhouse will eventually contain a nice collection of trains. For now, the museum is very nice. We stood and watched a number of trains go around the curve. Very interesting and very noisy! A nice way to spend a day!

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

if you like trains you definitely have to visit the horseshoe curve. I was there for maybe 1/2 hour and say 4 trains go by. The view from above is beautiful, looking out over the reservoirs and to the mountains beyond. The visit only takes less than an hour and you've seen it all, but worth the short drive from... More

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Cleveland
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44 reviews 44 reviews
14 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This is a park set in a beautiful, mountain location. The park itself is open (10-6-varies). Admission is included with the train museum. Admission includes access to the tram that takes you up the hil to where you can be trackside. There are steps that are manageable. There are restrooms on site that are clean. There is a picnic area... More

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Michigan
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Loved Horseshoe Curve!! We went on August 9 and they were doing a WWII re-enactment. Very cool to learn about Horseshoe Curve being a target during the war. We saw many trains during the time we spent there. One train with 9 engines and 2 pushers!! Amazing!

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Columbus Ohio
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117 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This has a very small museum. Expect a landmark, nothing more, nothing less. Once you enter the museum there is a movie that plays and a 1 room museum. There is an incline that takes you to the live tracks of the horseshoe curve and thats it. Currently 60 trains go by a day, so expect to see one when... More

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Saegertown, Pennsylvania
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34 reviews 34 reviews
21 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I had always wanted to see Horseshoe Curve so finally on the way to Gettysburg we took a side trip to see the Curve. It was well worth the trip. The museum had a great display that showed the mountainous terrain in the area and how the tracks were run allowing trains to navigate the terrain. A short ride up... More

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Sydney
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14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Anyone passing by or a rail fan should pause to see this piece of railway infrastructure that allows trains of all sorts to achieve an elevation change as the track runs through this mountain range. With plenty of Freight trains plus scheduled passenger Amtrak sets it is fun to stand in the middle of the track curve at the viewing... More

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