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

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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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

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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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
112 helpful votes 112 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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20 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
14 helpful votes 14 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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Lombard, Illinois
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

It is an engineering feat and pretty incredible, especially when you think that it was accomplished in the 1850s. Quite an achievement and it is fun to watch the trains go by, which they do frequently. There is a schedule down at the lobby area. Check it out. There is a small museum which is well done. You can walk... More

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West Deptford
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

So it has taken us years but we finally made it to the infamous Horseshoe Curve. We are on a mission to hit as many train attractions as we can. This was worth it. The ride there was beautiful as well. The trains run regularly. Only a few minutes between each pass. I would imagine fall/autumn must be breathtaking. If... More

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Frederick, Maryland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Very historic location and need more than an hour to have enough time to see everything and catch the incline on the hour or half hour and hope to see a train. Suggest trying to find out when trains run so you can be sure to see a train. Seems to be more in the mornings but one did come... More

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Crawford, Nebraska
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This is truly a wonder of the world. I've been going since I was a kid. But unfortunately, the museum that operates the park charges far too much, and access can be extremely limited based on weather and any internal museum politics. There was a time when access to the curve was free, intended to be enjoyed by anyone who... More

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