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Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark

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Engineering marvel

Part of railroaders museum, if your into trains, this is a must see, while there we saw about 4... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
club212rookie
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A must stop for American Train History

There was trains about every 20-30 minutes and the Visitor Center has the schedule. The museum has... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Night_Owl1026
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Woodbury, New Jersey
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An unusual construction of rail-building that enabled trains to move westward.
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1500 Glenn White Road, Altoona, PA
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+1 814-941-7743
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Part of railroaders museum, if your into trains, this is a must see, while there we saw about 4 trains go by (on a Sunday!) also on site is a gift shop, small museum & a cable car looking transport to take you up to...More

1  Thank club212rookie
Reviewed 1 week ago

There was trains about every 20-30 minutes and the Visitor Center has the schedule. The museum has about 5 10-20 minutes videos on the Curve, which does explain the history of the Curve, how and why it was build. Nice scenic area.

1  Thank Night_Owl1026
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped here while on vacation. Museum informative. Road inclined plane to top of mountain. Enjoyed watching several trains passing by on curve to go from one side of mountain to the side of next mountain at different elevation . Nice picnic area at top and...More

2  Thank djstu4
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Having lived in Altoona for the last 8 years, I thought this little trip was somewhat mandatory. Disappointed to discover the price for us to walk to the top - no desire to take the cart. While it was educational and had a beautiful view...More

Thank Laura T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our second trip to Horseshoe Curve and it did not disappoint with the amount of trains coming by. You can bring your own seat or use on of the picnic tables or park benches there. We went for parts of two different days...More

2  Thank Anne K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

To clarify some points from a 1-Star review: There is running water in the bathrooms at the entrance. There are stairs down from the platform if you find yourself needing to go in between the tram trips that run every half hour. The staff told...More

Thank HighBall71
Reviewed 16 September 2018

A friend and I drove up from Harrisburg. When you arrive you are actually parking within the curve. When you look up from the parking lot, if there is a train at the time, it is quite a sight to see. There is a funicular...More

Thank Bill L
Reviewed 3 September 2018

It’s a lot of fun to watch trains go by, but why am I paying eight dollars a person, including for kids, to stand on a platform outside with no bathrooms available? There’s not even running water in the visitor center! Visitor center staff provided...More

Thank Daniel G
Reviewed 30 August 2018

Want to get close up and personal to the great American freight trains but in perfect safety then this is the place to go. Watch these powerful machines trundle past with their huge loads traversing the continent and helping the economy prosper. The view is...More

1  Thank Jim R
Reviewed 28 August 2018

This sight is nice for just seeing the view of the area. My last trip I actually saw lots of trains. The trip before I did not see any. They have a nice gift shop and I enjoyed the tram up to the train tracks.

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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.
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TravelHelper2013
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!!!
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Seaside218870
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.
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