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Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark

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Address: 1500 Glenn White Road, Altoona, PA
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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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One of the wonders of the engineering world Horseshoe curve

It's a nice place for a young kid to get up close and personal with a passing locomotive. The horseshoe curve was an answer to a problem years ago and still functions today.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed February 16, 2016
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East Freedom, Pennsylvania
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East Freedom, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2016

It's a nice place for a young kid to get up close and personal with a passing locomotive. The horseshoe curve was an answer to a problem years ago and still functions today.

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Riverton, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2016

If you enjoy train watching the Horseshoe Curve is a must see stop, Everytime ive visited this place ive never been disapointed in not seeing any trains in fact each time I have been there ive got to see anywhere from 3 to 6 trains in a time span of an hour also take the time to see the trains... More 

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Camden, Delaware
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2016

Closed for the winter season. Been there many times before. Use to ride bikes up there with an older brother when we were 11>13, from 5th Avenue at least once a week. The video is fascinating,the cable car ride to the top is scenic and worth the ride to see trains that still use the Horseshoe Curve to this day.

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Altoona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2016

I tend to take this place for granted since it's right in my backyard, but it really does offer something for everyone. There's a lot of rich history behind the Horseshoe Curve, and it's located up "in the mountains," which offers some pretty stellar views year 'round, but it's a really pretty drive up through the mountains in the Fall... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2016 via mobile

Train watching is something I learned when I had my first son. He is an expert as he will often tell you! At horseshoe curse you can sit in a famous area and enjoy hours of train watching. Often you can see two or even more trains going through the curve at the same time. While in the area be... More 

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Webster, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2016

I am originally from the Altoona area; my parents took us there all the time to watch the trains. I visit the Curve everytime I am in the area; it brings back many great memories. I take my grandchildren to the RIT train show every December. When I talk to the railroad modelers I meet and mention the World Famous... More 

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Anderson, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2016 via mobile

The kids loved traveling up the incline to the top of the mountain. When the trains come it is awesome to see! Beautiful spots for picnics!

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Nowalk
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2016 via mobile

The Dam in front along with the curve is very well kept and clean. Has a little history to it but the staff are friendly and it is one of the fee things to see around the area. A must visit for any train watchers. Make sure you check out the short hike up (closed during winter).

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2015

Not only is this a national historic landmark, it is still in use daily. We would not have found it, but since the entry was paid with our Altoona Railroaders Museum pass, we added a little road trip on to our visit. Our family used the stairs up to the curve because of a long line by the funicular. Nice... More 

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Altoona, Pennsylvania, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2015

Love the way the train tracks look just like a horseshoe. The peaceful atmosphere and to see a train using it is just wonderful. I don't like the walk up and the trolley cart or whatever you call it is expensive I am handicapped I use a cane and my heart is sort of bad for me to walk it... More 

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