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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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Train enthusiast heaven

We had been at the horseshoe site last year and enjoyed it. This time we went to ride the trian from Altoona to Latrobe PA and back so we could ride through the horseshoe. It was... read more

Reviewed 13 March 2017
Springfield, Virginia
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Springfield, Virginia
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

We had been at the horseshoe site last year and enjoyed it. This time we went to ride the trian from Altoona to Latrobe PA and back so we could ride through the horseshoe. It was a fun trip. The ride is great plus we had light snow on the way back and the scenery looked amazing. Too bad the... More 

1 Thank japerez21
Altoona, Pennsylvania
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27 reviews
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

I first saw the Curve when I was 8 years old A conductor held mybelt and let me turn to the right and the left to wee the engine and the caboose. What an experience! Now that I shall be 80 this year, I have truy enjoyed the view once again. Don't miss the Railroad Museum in town. It is... More 

2 Thank JOLLY1937
West Chester, Pennsylvania
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172 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

Loved it, loved it!! time there was great. Ok so the website is wrong. They are closed in the winter. Drove there and the store and admissions were closed. No fear, we walked up to the tracks and waited. Only took about 5 minutes and the speaker announced all clear track 3. Then the fun began. We were there two... More 

Thank WWCSeaview
New Boston, New Hampshire
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

My family built the rails through here and worked on the trains. One of the highlights of my youth was my Grandma Johnston would take us to stand by the tracks as the Loco pullers made the frigging ground move. It was more than moving. It was inspiring. If the Feds don't take this and make it a testament to... More 

3 Thank CrankyScot
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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 

1 Thank MsPastryChef
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174 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
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 

Thank 48NYSV
South Haven, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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.

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Quakertown, Pennsylvania
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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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125 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
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 

Thank tdngjj
Newark, New Jersey
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24 reviews
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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 

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