Staycations: Altoona, PA ("Railroad City")

06.23.17 | Traci Lynn Woolsey

The Horseshoe Curve opened in February of 1854. The length of the curve is 2375 feet. Degree of curvature is 9 degrees; 25 minutes; central angle is 220 degrees. Experience the challenge the Pennsylvania Railroad workers overcame by completing rail tracks through the rough terrain of the Allegheny Mountains. You can ride the funicular or walk 194 steps to the tracks for a front seat view of a train man’s wonder. You can enjoy a picnic lunch as you watch the trains go by. The Railroaders Memorial Museum offers three floors of exhibits, a movie theatre, indoor lunch area, outdoor picnic area, and a gift shop. Visitors get a glimpse into the lives of the railroad workers.


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