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“Steam Era Shrine to the men and women of the Pennsylvania Rail Road”

Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum
Ranked #2 of 24 things to do in Altoona
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Owner description: A museum celebrating the history of the railroad in industrial America.
Reviewed October 24, 2012

This museum was our destination attraction that brought us to Altoona, Pennsylvania. I was not the least bit disappointed. The displays were rich in information and history telling the story of how the men and women of Altoona literally built the locomotives and cars and maintained them all for the Pennsy Rail Road -- the finest rail road in the world.

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Reviewed September 25, 2012

I was a little leery of this museum as there isn't much on their website to describe what it actually is but it is worth the trip. My father and I did the combo $10 ticket with Horseshoe curve and it was worth it. We could have spent quite a lot of time in here if we had listened to everything.

The museum had I think two floors (it could have been three) but it did have an elevator. The first floor had a large gift shop, a few exhibits about altoona and the theater which showed two diffrent movies about twenty minutes each that alternated all day.

The second/third floors had some nice exhibits on what it would have been like to work on the railroad. It also had a very cool bar in the very back. We spent a bit of time here perched on stool and watching a show of railroad men talking afterwork. It was as though you were the bartender listening to their stories, some funny, some horrible but a very nice concept. there was also a newspaper boy who did the same thing in another part of the exhibit.

There was a train accident exhibit, and the interior of an engine showing where the conductor would see on a steam train. There was also an exhibit on tools used on the train and several interavtive exhibits where you could try to route trains and look up people you might know who worked on the railroad. Also there was a stockholder who spoke to you and a model train room as well. There were a few train cars you could look into outside as well.

Overall it was a very well done museum. I'm not a big fan of trains but I was impressed by how well done this museum actually was. The website did not do it justice and it was worth the time to stop.

2  Thank Laurel_Lye13
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Reviewed September 9, 2012

We enjoyed the films, the interactive displays and the actual history of the railroad in Altoona. It's costly. We are used to going to free museums. However, $10.00 covers this and the Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark (exhibits and finicular to go up the mountain). I recommend that you bring a picnic to sit at the top of the slope by the curve and wait for trains to pass.

1  Thank Kaaren A
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Reviewed September 6, 2012

If you have any interest in Railroad history you must see this museum. Much of the museum is dedicated to the Pennsylvania Railroad and Conrail, now Norfolk Southern Railway. Early life in Altoona is featured in many of the exhibits.

Thank Joseph O
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Reviewed August 31, 2012

Interesting, but nothing seems to change or improve over the years and at $10.00 is too expensive unless you get there early then go to the Horseshoe Curve later that day, and you have to do it on the same day.

1  Thank 2dBill22
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