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“You gotta see this to believe it!”

Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Cresson
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Owner description: Experience railroad history at this historic Pennsylvania site.
Reviewed September 27, 2013

This NPS Site does an absolutely fantastic job of explaining what the "Portage Railroad" was, by means of a great film, lots of models and exhibits, detailed signage, and helpful rangers. The engineering involved in the design and implementation was truly remarkable, and very serviceable for the 20 years it functioned as the best way across the Alleghenies on the way West. Also on the grounds is the Lemon House, an early hostelry, with period rooms and exhibits, and the Machine Shed, which houses the powerful stationary steam engines that powered the rail cars up and down. in each of a series of 10 "locks" (this is only one of them!) A special exhibit demonstrates some of the safety devices developed here. You really need to see the entire place to understand the process - ingenius! In nice weather, you can also stroll the paths and trails thru an old quarry. $4 per person, or use your Senior National Park pass for yourself and up to 3 guests.

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Reviewed May 28, 2013

This place is extremely well kept and looks new. The rangers are friendly and helpful. There is a train in the visitor center and two building to explore. There is an App that you can use at this site and the ability to call a number on your phone to hear a guided tour.

Wish there was a bit more to see and maybe another train. $4 entry fee. Not a train enthusiast, so wouldn't go out of my way to visit, but glad I did.

Thank BrettBriley
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Reviewed March 11, 2013

The site is a short drive from Cresson, where we stayed. Road signs took us right there. We were the only visitors on a snowy, cold day, but the NPS ranger on duty fired up the film for us. Terrific film - beautifully written and produced, explains the Portage story fully. The exhibits make the unusual engineering of the Portage easy to understand. We hope to go back in warm weather, so we can walk the paths and see more.

1  Thank Beth P
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Reviewed January 15, 2013 via mobile

this was a side trip that was not planned. very nice, interesting and pretty in the fall! Trails, educational buildings, staff. we enjoyed our visit very much

1  Thank srmvalleygirl
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Reviewed December 24, 2012

The idea of pulling a boat out of the canal, putting it on a flatbed train car, pulling it up and over the mountains, and putting it back in the canal on the otherside is fascinating to me! They have a wonderful film that reenacts much of the times. Was easy for the kids to follow, and they did the Jr. Ranger program. Due to all the snow and ice, we weren't able to see much besides the visitor center museum. It did seem a little lacking without visiting the Lemon House or the #6 steamhouse, but would love to go again to see it all.

Thank MommyBird53816
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