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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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English first
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

We came here as a family member formally worked for the PRR. The amount of manpower (&animal) to create this Wonder of the modern world is mind boggling, but engineer & create the Horseshoe Curve among 3 mountain ridges is truly amazing! We came, rode the funicular to the curve & saw sev sets of trains go by. Lost count... More

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georgia
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72 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

I remembered the Horseshoe Curve from years ago when riding the train at night. You could see the train cars in front and in back all lit up as they rounded the Curve. There is more vegetation now which does obstruct the view however I feel it is still a worthwhile place to visit. We were there for about an... More

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Pittsburgh, PA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

I climbed the stairs (because their tiny funicular train was broken), I watched a train go by. It reminded me of other occasions in my life when I've watched trains go by. Boring. I recommend you skip this "attraction" and instead go to the Altoona Railroaders Museum (a few miles away). It's much more interesting.

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Marlton, New Jersey
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

I agree with the review submitted on September 16, 2014 . If any visitor thinks they will get a view of the curve like the ones posted on internet images, think again. With all of the trees and vegetation, it's impossible to see the curve. You will see trains pass from the lookout point accessible from either the incline rail... More

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Springfield, Ohio
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52 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The curve is beautiful this time of year as the trees change to the reds and yellows of Fall. There is a small museum and a tram that takes you to the top of the curve to view the more than 60 trains per day that traverse the mountains towards Pittsburgh or in the opposite direction towards Philadelphia. The curve... More

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LONG ISLAND, NY
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58 reviews 58 reviews
20 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

To start, you get on the furnicular, on the half hour, and climb the hill to the train viewing area. Have a picnic lunch, and sit and wait. In four hours we saw at least 25 trains, some with 140 cars. Think of the power those engines have, both push and pull, to move those cars. So sit back, listen... More

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Nanticoke, Pennsylvania
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

For $7 there's a decent museum with pictures of the curve throughout history. My main search was for a reason the curve was built, however, I could not quickly find an answer! We rushed through it, so I just scanned a lot of material, but I still don't know why they didn't just build the tracks somewhere else! The funicular... More

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Indio, California
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

For railroad afecionados and all those that appreciate rail travel and freight moving by rail - and generally, history - this was a very worthwhile visit. The park now has a fenincula / cog railroad to the top, so climbing the stairs to get a view of the entire curve is no longer a requirement. Several trains passed trough as... More

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Gentofte
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74 reviews 74 reviews
27 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

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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