I had always wanted to see Horseshoe Curve so finally on the way to Gettysburg we took a side trip to see the Curve. It was well worth the trip. The museum had a great display that showed the mountainous terrain in the area and how the tracks were run allowing trains to navigate the terrain. A short ride up the hill brought us to a park along the tracks from where we could view several trains as the made their way around the curve accompanied by additional locomotives to provide pushing or braking power as needed. The engineers were every friendly and often waved to those standing along the tracks. Since trees along the tracks are not trimmed by the railroad it might be difficult to see the full curve in the summer months. We visited in late fall and with few leaves on the tree it was not a problem to see the trains as they traveled around the curve. Make sure you ask for a schedule at the entrance so you will know train schedules and what cargo they are hauling.
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