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Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark

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Address: 1500 Glenn White Road, Altoona, PA
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+1 814-941-7743

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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Listen for the whistle, then hear the rumble of the engines! What a show!

An unexpected delight! We went on a whim when visiting friends not far away. Not only is the scenery breathtaking, the experience of standing on the curve when trains are... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 December 2016
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

An unexpected delight! We went on a whim when visiting friends not far away. Not only is the scenery breathtaking, the experience of standing on the curve when trains are approaching from either direction, over the separate three sets of tracks, is thrilling. First you hear a low rumble, then you catch sight of the lights and hear the whistles... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

We had a great time going up the incline to see the bend of the tracks along the base of the Allegheny Mountains. An extra treat was watching a long freight train go by a bend around the curve. It's a great experience for both kids and adults. The museum is so-so but worth a quick look. We also enjoyed... More 

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South Haven, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

This is very cool. I watched several trains go around the curve and the view is fantastic. The drive to the park is absolutely beautiful. You can learn abut how the curve was built.

Thank Denny1008
Quakertown, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Since they didn't allow dogs (even if you walked up the steps), I watched the train go by from the parking lot. It was a slow moving freight train and didn't seem any more spectacular to me than sitting at a railroad crossing. Maybe it was much better up at the top, but not sure if it would have been... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

This place is the train lover's mecca. We couldnt even get out of our vehicle before seeing 2 trains chug around the large curve. You can sit in the lot and watch the trains for free, take in the small little waterfall like feature to the side,( I think its sorta a drainage creek but was a pleasant sound..) Or,... More 

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Newark, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Horseshoe Curve is that rare place that is both a historic landmark in our country's history and a unique, reverent location for train watchers. For a century and a half, trains have been attacking the unforgiving grades that enable the railroad to surmount what was once the primary obstacle to trade with western states- the Allegheny Mountains. Today, Norfolk Southern... More 

Thank Jack Bobby Lou M
Altoona, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

go and see for yourself you and your family will enjoy the view and have tons of fun oh and theres more Trains

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Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

It's beautiful this time of year. Good place to go if your a train enthusiastic. Met people as far away as Washington State.

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

It was a beautiful & sunny fall day to witness trains from end to end going around the track at the Horseshoe Curve. We saw the trains coming from both directions. Some folks walked up the stairs but most of us rode the funicular to the top. It was a marvelous afternoon for taking pictures of the trains.

Thank Linda H
Plano, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

It's been 25 years since I visited Horseshoe Curve. Conrail was still running their trains over the Curve. Now it's Norfolk Southern with a wide variety of trains. We were at the Curve for about 60 minutes and saw 7 trains including one general merchandise train with 14 engines leading and 2 pushers. Based on the sound of the lead... More 

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