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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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A must for rail fans.

Countless trips to this landmark never gets old. Watching the trains round the curve never gets old. Best viewing is in the early spring before the trees get leaves. Very colorful... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 June 2016
Charles B
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Potomac, Maryland
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Potomac, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016

Countless trips to this landmark never gets old. Watching the trains round the curve never gets old. Best viewing is in the early spring before the trees get leaves. Very colorful foliage in the fall. Bring water if you plan to stay at the curve since there is no water fountain. You might get lucky and see one of the... More 

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canton
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016

I am pleased to announce that tree trimming has occured at the horsehoe curve this spring. I just visited over memorial day weekend and was thrilled to be able to see the trains all the way around the horseshoe again as I was 30 years ago. Thank you to all who made this happen. This work of cutting trees down... More 

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Penn Run, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016

Eight dollars for a ride to the top to view the trains up close and personal. You also were given permission to tour the 'museum' which was sparse. I liked the portage RR better.

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Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2016

We went here on a Saturday morning when they first open. There were already a crowd of regulars there. It's pretty and it's fun to watch the trains but we aren't really into trains. We stayed long enough to watch 1 train and then left.

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Winchester, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016

A must see! A big thank you to those who listened about the request to bring back the "views of old". Taking down the trees so you could see from both sides of the curve is breathtaking and awe inspiring. We will visit a lot more, now.

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Ponce Inlet, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016 via mobile

I'll admit I wasn't sure what to expect with this visit. The drive to the Horseshoe Curve through the mountains was beautiful even on a rainy day. Once there the view from the parking lot was so unique it's hard to explain. The short trip up the incline car was fun and all part of the experience. Up track side... More 

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Fenton, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016

This is heaven for all railfans, especially any who followed Pennsylvania and Conrail. As soon as I got there two trains were traversing the curve. A funicular takes you up to the viewing platform. It was raining but there was a bit of a roof over the platform. Could have used another bench or two. They cut down the trees... More 

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New City, NY
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016 via mobile

I revisited Horseshoe Curve on April 7, 2016 to find improvements going on...A major tree cutting project was underway with much of the West side of the Curve cut and trimmed of brush and trees and the East side of the Curve was to be cut during the 2nd half of April. This will greatly improve the view of trains... More 

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Marin County, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2016

Nice friendly and helpful staff. Ongoing tree clearing has restored the amazing views of trains climbing into the mountains. The composting toilets are best for real emergencies only.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2016

Hubby has been telling me for a long time now that we have to go to Horseshoe Curve next time we are in Pa. So on our latest visit, we went. The museum was very interesting, and we were very excited to go up the incline in order to get a better view of the curve and the trains. Much... More 

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