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“High Quality”

Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum
Ranked #2 of 23 things to do in Altoona
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Owner description: A museum celebrating the history of the railroad in industrial America.
Altoona, Pennsylvania
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23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“High Quality”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2013

An afternoon at the Altoona RR Museum is a must for all RR fans. The exhibits(including Kelly's saloon), the shows and everything in the place is Smithsonian quality. A museum that both adults and kids will enjoy

Visited August 2013
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Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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233 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Excellent railroad museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2013 via mobile

An excellent railroad museum! I wish that we had budgeted more time for this visit as this is a well designed rail museum. A must for any railroad junkie!

Visited October 2013
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New Oxford, Pennsylvania
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85 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Great Place to Learn About The Countries Railroads And Specifically PA's.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2013

Went up for a day trip to visit the museum and the nearby Horse Shoe Curve. Great place to teach the children and learn for yourself the amazing information on the city of Altoona's impact on building the Steam Locomotives and having the Horse Shoe Curve built and its impact on the country. There are different movies that show throughout the day and they were great to explain the railroad industry and how difficult of a task it was to build and maintain. I highly recommend this place for a stop if in the area.

Visited October 2013
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Margate, Florida
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84 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Good museum, poorly informed staff”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2013 via mobile

This museum is very well done.
However the young lady who sold admission tickets and was the gift shop person knew nothing about the railroad history. A well informed staff who can interact with visitors makes a visit memorable. Suggest better training for the staff.

Visited October 2013
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Port St Lucie, FL
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239 reviews
213 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
“Wish I'd had even more time!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2013

This place was great! Enough interactive stuff and dioramas to keep the youngsters happy, too. Very informative exhibits on community life, the Pennsylvania Railroad itself, and what working conditions and jobs were like in the many different depts. The exhibits I found most interesting were about the Research and Testing Lab - lots of studies into how was the best way to do just about everything the railroad was involved with, even how to get the most out of the oranges squeezed for juice for the dining car! Another interesting exhibit told about how/why the PA RR was so late in converting from steam to diesel power. The yard outside has several antique rail cars on display, but I ran out of time to see them. Admission is included with your ticket to Horseshoe Curve, but supposedly costs something if you're just at the museum, altho there was no one at the desk when we went.

Visited September 2013
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