Altoona Railfest 2004 Getting Closer

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  1. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

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    For those of you who are interested in learning about Pennsylvania and the railroad, Altoona Railfest is the place to go. There will be a TOY TRAIN SHOW ( Free Admission ) to this event. The museum will be open as well. The Independent Live Steamers will not be at the event this year. I was hoping we would be there but all the track was torn up and bought by my grandfather for his railroad. Anyways, the past two years have been a great experience for me, because I learned alot more about the Pennsylvania Railroad. Here is what all is going on for the Weekend of Oct 2-3,

    Excursions available on the Nittany and Bald Eagle line from Tyrone, PA (Blair Co.) to Port Matilda, PA (Centre Co.). Tickets are $20 each for historic coach cars. $40 to ride the No. 1954 Pullman (dining-style car), and $40 to ride the historic PRR Cabin Car (caboose with open porch). Round-trip is approx. 1 hour long. All excursion tickets include admission to RailFest 2004 as well as admission to the Museum and Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark for the weekend.

    -K-5 RailRun on Sunday morning- runners, joggers and walkers call for registration form
    -Horseshoe Cloggers performance
    -Michael O’Brien Band- Irish interactive folk music show
    -Food & merchandise vendors; model railroad displays and vendors in adjacent Station Mall in Altoona

    -Other local model railroad shows in town (contact Museum for more info)

    -Horn & Whistle Festival at Horseshoe Curve all weekend
    -Richard Sleigh acoustic guitar and harmonica railroad folk show at Museum

    -Saturday $6 chicken BBQ at Museum to benefit Family Services of Blair County (tickets can be pre-ordered by contacting the Museum or purchased the day of)

    -Please call for excursion tickets at 814.946.0834 ext. 226 or email prdirector@railroadcity.com.

    I will try to get some photo's from a friend who goes to the Railfest every year. If i do get photo's i will post them as soon as possible.
  2. Chessie6459

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    I just found out today that the PRR E-8's will not be running excursion service this year. :cry: I don't know why they are not. But they will be on display at the Altoona RR Museum. :thumb: These Diesel Units are something else. They are really beautiful engines to ride behind and to look over. :thumb: As more information comes up i will let everyone know about it.
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    From what I've heard, NS said no excursions account curve is too busy with trains. If its still like it was when I was out there in June for Railroaders Day, I believe it!:thumb:

    John D.
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    I was out on my deck just not long ago and i saw a good many of trains with in just an hour. But hey if it is to busy i don't blame them for not letting the excursion go on this year.
  5. Chessie6459

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    The Altoona Railfest begins tomorrow. If you can make it that would be great. Also this is a great place to do some railfanning cause they have two bridges that are over the tracks. You can really get some good pictures from there. I am not going this year but will try next year.
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    E8's

    the E8's will be a static display but you will be able to tour 5711 :thumb: :thumb: so that will be very cool I will be there both days. BTW the last I was at the museum there was not very good train watching in the parking lot by the mall, since they are still rebuilding it into a medical offices place.:cry:

    Mike