Horseshoe Curve

A National Historic Landmark
National Register Number: 66000647
Nomination Form

Location: Veterans Memorial Hwy (PA4008, 40th St in Altoona);
Logan Township, Blair County, PA; 5 miles west of Altoona
Geographic Coordinates: 40.4979N 78.4853W

Statement of Significance (as of designation - November 13, 1966):
Placed into service in 1854, Horseshoe Curve is a notable example of ante bellum railroad engineering and construction. Its completion marked the joining of the eastern and western divisions of the Pennsylvania Railroad and contributed to the rise of that leading railroad.

Links: Wikipedia.

June 11, 2008 Funicular railway running up to the trackside observation park.

The trackside observation park, with observers.

The view from the center of the curve.
Note the notches in the trees on the left where the tracks come up from Altoona
and on the right where they leave the curve heading on up to the Gallitzin tunnel.

Glenwhite Run and the tunnel for Veterans Memorial Highway (PA4008) to Gallitzin.

Kittanning Run
April 4, 2000



March 7, 2000
Kittanning Run
That's all hand shovelled fill above the tunnel. The tracks are on top.
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