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seen on my Altoona page. Horseshoe Curve is a National Landmark operated by the U.S. Park Service, and a railfan you

better appreciate the work involved in building this engineering marvel. The Visitors’ Center also houses a gift shop you

of souvenirs for every railroad buff – from books to hats and sweatshirts. The “Funicular” is an incline plane elevator

designed to take you from the Visitors’ Center at Horseshoe Curve Historic Landmark up to the train tracks of

Horseshoe Curve. Or if you prefer a nature walk, you may take the beautifully scenic steps to the top.

located at Kittaning Point, at the base of the Allegheny Mountains. The length of the curve is 2375 feet. Degree of

curvature is 9 degrees; 25 minutes; central angle is 220 degrees. Elevation of lower (east) end of the curve is 1594

feet, upper (west) end is 1716 feet - 122 feet total elevation climb. The grade is 1.8% or 1.8 foot rise per 100 feet.

The construction of the Curve was done by about 450 workers, many of them from Ireland. The work was done

entirely by hand, and workers were paid 25 cents per hour for a twelve hour day.

Map

Map courtesy of Todd Sestero

*RAILFAN** GUIDES** of the **U.S.*

Links

- Todd Sestero's Horseshoe Curve page

World Famous Horseshoe Curve - Virtual Railfan LIVE

Horseshoe Curve (Pennsylvania) - Wikipedia

World Famous Horseshoe Curve

Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark - Trip advisor

Altoona’s Horseshoe Curve: A Must-See for Train Lovers - Uncovering PA

Horseshoe Curve - American Rails