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Discussion in 'The Real Thing- North America' started by Illus, Dec 18, 2006.
Is it worth the trip to Altoona? Horseshoe Curve
heres a webcam of the curve:
Hint: only viewable in daylight :!
It sure is. There are about 40-60 trains aday that pass around the curve. It sure is a site to see & visit.
Depends on what you want to do and see. If you're looking for a safe place to enjoy trains with your family it can't be beat. If you're looking to spend a weekend hunting trains with your friends there are far better places to go.
I would say it's well worth going to, if you are in the area and have a couple of hours to spare. A lot would depend on how far you have to go to get there. For example, I have been there at least twice, and would go again if the opportunity arose. I am a couple of hundred or more miles away, and would only do it in conjunction with something else. I don't think it's worth making a special trip, unless you're within 20-30 miles.
My wife is originally from Erie, PA. How far is it from there?
Altoona, PA is about 150 miles southeast of Erie PA.
Google map: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Altoona, PA
Hope this helps!
Anyone have any pics of the curve?
Tons of them online.
Yeah, just thought it would help to have a pic or two here for more people to look at, not just for me
Looks awesome from the photos on the web!
Thanks for posting
Altoona is on I99 about midway between State College and the turnpike. I've only been once. The route through Alttona is not well signed; you may need to ask.
There's also the Railroaders Memorial museum, and I think that the other end around Gallitzin is also worth a look.
We're usually on a marathon drive when we go by, so we don't have much time.
Thats great! I have it on 2X and it's been on my computer all day! Thanks!
I think we may swing by there as a side stop on our trip this summer... It's too far just to go to see that. Thanks for the replies.
I found one site that did a layout model of it. Makes me want to ad it into my layout somehow.....
A map showing the grades and elevations