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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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Nice part of US history

Interesting place especially for train buffs. Is really cool if you take an ride around the curve. Nice picnic grounds to watch trains go by. Also on 9th avenue near the McDonald... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
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Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania
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Southworth, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Love to see the trains going around the curve. Go here to watch when you are in the area. It is a must!

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Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

Interesting place especially for train buffs. Is really cool if you take an ride around the curve. Nice picnic grounds to watch trains go by. Also on 9th avenue near the McDonald is a Railroad museum that is very well done.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

A peaceful place to watch the trains surround you. Relax, watch the trains, have a picnic watch some more trains.

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Somerset, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Interesting part of train history that is still active. Ride the incline and watch the trains go by. There are still 60 trains a day traveling the Horseshoe Curve.

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Salisbury,N.C.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Very nice place to watch trains. It has a steep incline with lots of stairs. They do have an incline elevator to take people up. Nice shop, and museum . For the train watchers, the trees and foliage around the curve has grown up to where you can not see the curve well. We seen a lot of trains go... More 

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wv
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Not worth the time or money you can't see the trains going around the curve there are way to many trees ! They have a small area cleared of trees in the center of the horseshoe and no where else.You can see the the trains just as good or better in Altoona or at the Gallitzin Tunnels in Gallitzin a... More 

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Cary, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Be sure and ask for the train schedule as you buy your tickets on the gift shop. The funicular runs on the hour and half hour and the time between the announcement and the doors shutting is very short so keep an eye on the time. The 7 minute movie in the museum was excellent.

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Moscow, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We saw an enormous amount of trains. I've been here about 10 times over the many years and always love the experience. I just wish NS would cut more trees but I understand the costs involved. Anyway as a railfan I know I'll come back many more times.I just love the fact that there is a place to view trains... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Traveled up from Baltimore on motorcycles with 6 friends to visit the curve. Several of us are into trains and a couple history. The curve is incredible and just when we got there two trains passes each other. It was really cool to see. The lift they use to transport you up to the curve is also very cool to... More 

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Coal Township, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

A beautiful historic site, and the funicular is cool to ride! The museum was neat and our kids loved watching the trains go right by them. The view of the reservoir is gorgeous.

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