The Everett Railroad, Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania

John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad

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The city of Altoona, Pennsylvania is a city built around railroads.  It has been referred to as ‘The Railroad Capital of America’, although Trains Magazine has named Chicago, Illinois as the ‘Railroad Capital’ mainly because of the massive number of railroads that serve that city.  How does Altoona get the name?  It does not have as many railroads as Chicago, but it does have many railroad sites.  You have the Juniata Shops where trains are serviced.  You have the Railroaders Memorial Museum.  For train watchers, you have the famous Horseshoe Curve where you can watch trains roll on through.  You also have the Gallitzin Tunnels that helped pave the way for railroads through the high Allegheny Mountains, and you have the Portage Railroad that had the task of link canal barges across the mountain range.  Yes, you have great railroad sites in Altoona.

Now some of you are saying, “Wow! …

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