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Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark

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Historical Railroad Curve. I remember learning about it in Pa history class.

Well worth the visit to see the Historical Curve. When I went I walked the steps. Quite a walk... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Ford City, Pennsylvania
Great for train lovers!

Now that they have an incline you don't have to walk all those steps to the top to see the trains... read more

Reviewed 13 February 2019
maryann c
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An unusual construction of rail-building that enabled trains to move westward.
1500 Glenn White Road, Altoona, PA
+1 814-941-7743
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well worth the visit to see the Historical Curve. When I went I walked the steps. Quite a walk - climb. Lots of double decker freight trains still use the tracks. Nice to see.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank jlhanz1
Reviewed 13 February 2019

Now that they have an incline you don't have to walk all those steps to the top to see the trains pass by. A real plus for disabled

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank maryann c
Reviewed 19 January 2019

As someone interested in trains and railways this location was an absolute must to catch the sight and sounds of hard working locomotives being pushed to the limit.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Almiro1956
Reviewed 7 January 2019 via mobile

It was closed for the season or because of Trump's government shutdown. But worth the stop since I was in town. I grew up in PA and knew of the Horseshoe curve for ever (I'm 74). I was lucky enough to have a freight train...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 29 December 2018

We have been to the Curve a couple times and were very pleased with our visits. The admission price is reasonable, especially if you combine your visit with a visit to the museum in Altoona. The passing trains are pretty spectacular, though noisy (which you...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank JMKrebs
Reviewed 26 December 2018

A true engineering marvel. Museum, picnic area, walk or take funicular to top. You can watch the trains come up or down the grade. Check out the schedule for the many trains that go thru the curve. Watch all of the freight traveling on the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank DJMAN5
Reviewed 15 November 2018

We had family in town from out of state and several in our family are railroad buffs, so we planned to go here while everyone was together. Despite the cold weather, we enjoyed the day. My favorite part was taking the Funicular incline to the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank travelingtips
Reviewed 7 November 2018

The Horseshoe Curve is an engineering marvel and excellent stop of one of the many railroad historical sites in Altoona. You are almost guaranteed to see a train passing around the Curve and you can obtain a schedule in the gift shop. There is also...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank tpann
Reviewed 4 November 2018 via mobile

The wife and I had a great time. Spent several hours there. Would recommend seeing it. Especially if you like trains.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Arnold P
Reviewed 4 November 2018

This is an amazing place to watch a whole lot of horsepower pull train after train both directions. Combine your visit here with the Railroad Museum in downtown Altoona, and it's one fee for both.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Jessica H
14 September 2018|
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Response from krpg2015 | Reviewed this property |
The museum at the curve is good enough to just take a break at. I wouldn’t go to the curve just for the museum. The museum in Altoona on the other hand is well worth it for all ages.
13 September 2018|
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Response from engineerpat5290 | Reviewed this property |
There are two ways to get up to the curve stairs and a cable car. The parking lot is below the landmark. Once you go unto the tracks the views of the trains passing is breathtaking. This is a MUST do!!!
6 September 2018|
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Response from A3698YVjonc | Reviewed this property |
194 - was a nice walk with several landings where you can stop.