I've heard of this place since the 90's but never had the chance to go until this year. This would have been a sight to see back in the days of Conrail and formerly Pennsylvania Railroad; it is now exclusively Norfolk Southern. However, the rail action does not disappoint on this triple-tracked panorama of rails. A time or two on occasion, three trains may pass through the curve simultaneously. The rumble of engines ascending the grade builds adrenaline for visitors waiting with cameras. Getting here is a bit tricky. It's five miles west of Altoona on a winding two lane road with tight turns though printed directions (from local businesses) are easy to follow. The curve sits a few stories above ground level. Entry is through a well stocked gift shop which leads to a marvelous museum on the curve's history. You have two choices...take a multitude of stairs to the top (well over 200 steps), or cruise up on a funicular to a spacious park with an observation deck and picnic tables to see the action. The view is outstanding at any angle with endless scenery. I was here for 3 hours and left only because I had to make another stop on my trip back home to Indiana. A railfan's dream.
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