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Near Altoona in Cambria County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Horseshoe Curve

National Historic Engineering Landmark

 
 
Horseshoe Curve NHCEL Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 6, 2009
1. Horseshoe Curve NHCEL Marker
Inscription.
Designed and built under the direction [of] Pennsylvania Railroad chief engineer and, later, company president, J. Edgar Thomson. Horseshoe Curve opened February 15, 1854. It was 366 meters across and 1310 meters long with a 1.8 percent grade. Eliminating the Portage Railroad's 10 incline planes greatly encouraged east-west trade crossing the Allegheny Mountains.

Completed 1854 Designated 2003

 
Erected 2004 by American Society of Civil Engineers.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Pennsylvania Railroad marker series.
 
Location. 40° 29.858′ N, 78° 29.068′ W. Marker is near Altoona, Pennsylvania, in Cambria County. Marker is on Veterans Memorial Highway / Burgoon Road, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ashville PA 16613, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Horseshoe Curve (a few steps from this marker); The GP9 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Trackside Buildings (about 400 feet away); Over the Hill (about
Horseshoe Curve NHCEL Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 6, 2009
2. Horseshoe Curve NHCEL Marker
Steps and funicular to viewing area are seen in background
400 feet away); Watching The Curve (about 600 feet away); Blair County War Mothers Memorial (approx. 3.3 miles away); Blair County Memorial Highway (approx. 3.3 miles away); Endress War Memorial (approx. 3.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Altoona.
 
Also see . . .
1. World Famous Horseshoe Curve. (Submitted on February 11, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Horseshoe Curve at Wikipedia. (Submitted on February 11, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceMan-Made FeaturesRailroads & Streetcars
 
Norfolk Southern Freight Rounds Horseshoe Curve image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 6, 2009
3. Norfolk Southern Freight Rounds Horseshoe Curve
Westbound
View East From Horseshoe Curve image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 6, 2009
4. View East From Horseshoe Curve
Looking past reservoirs toward Altoona
Diesel on Display at Horseshoe Curve image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 6, 2009
5. Diesel on Display at Horseshoe Curve
Replaced iconic PRR K-4 steam engine that had been on display for decades
Funicular Car at Horseshoe Curve image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 14, 1996
6. Funicular Car at Horseshoe Curve
Riding the funicular up to trackside at Horseshoe Curve.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 502 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   6. submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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