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

Over the Hill

How railroads surmounted the spine of the Alleghenies

 

—between Altoona and Johnstown —

 
Over the Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 6, 2009
1. Over the Hill Marker
Inscription.
This was the original (1850-54) PRR main line. After Horseshoe Curve was opened, this became the Hollidaysburg Branch (now Conrail's Cove Secondary Track).

From 1850 to 1854, the original PRR main line extended through what is now Altoona to a connection with the Allegheny Portage Railroad (part of the state-owned rail/canal system). When Horseshoe Curve opened in 1854, PRR quit using the APRR.

The New Portage Railroad was built by the State to replace the inclined planes of the Alegheny Portage Railroad - at the same time that PRR was building Horseshoe Curve. The New Portage Railroad was opened in 1855-56, but PRR routed all trains over its own main line. PRR bought the state-owned rail/canal system in 1857. The New Portage Railroad was abandoned in 1857, but PRR reactivated the line in 1904 to handle increasing freight traffic and provide a relief route for the main line over Horseshoe. The line was abandoned for the second time in 1981.

Duncansville was the original connection between the PRR and the state-owned Allegheny Portage Railroad during interim 1850-54 period.

Hollidaysburg was the eastern terminus of the APRR and the western terminus of the Juniata Division of the Pennsylvania Canal.

Former PRR Irvona Branch, now Conrail's Irvona Secondary Track.

New Portage Railroad/New
Over the Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 6, 2009
2. Over the Hill Marker
Westbound Norfolk Southern freight train rounding Horseshoe Curve
Portage Branch right-of-way severed by construction of new route of U.S. 22.

The S. E. Baker Railroad, which later became a common-carrier line known as the Kittanning Run Railroad; it was abandoned circa 1917.

Glen White Coal & Lumber Co. Railroad operated on both sides of the valley formed by Glen White Run. The line was abandoned circa 1938.

Conrail's Philadelphia-Pittsburgh main line carries a large share of the railroad's east-west freight traffic as well as two Amtrak passenger trains the Broadway Limited and Pennsylvanian.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Pennsylvania Railroad marker series.
 
Location. 40° 29.874′ N, 78° 29.149′ W. Marker is near Logan, Pennsylvania, in Cambria County. Click for map. Marker is at the Horseshoe Curve viewing area, off Veterans Memorial Highway / Burgoon Road. Marker is in this post office area: Altoona PA 16601, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Trackside Buildings (here, next to this marker); The GP9 (within shouting distance of this marker); Watching The Curve (within shouting distance of this marker); Horseshoe Curve (about 400 feet
Over the Hill Marker Detail image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 6, 2009
3. Over the Hill Marker Detail
away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Horseshoe Curve (about 400 feet away); Blair County War Mothers Memorial (approx. 3.4 miles away); Blair County Memorial Highway (approx. 3.4 miles away); Endress War Memorial (approx. 3.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Logan.
 
Also see . . .
1. World Famous Horseshoe Curve. (Submitted on February 11, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Horseshoe Curve. (Submitted on February 11, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Over the Hill Marker Detail image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 6, 2009
4. Over the Hill Marker Detail
Over the Hill Marker Detail image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 6, 2009
5. Over the Hill Marker Detail
Over the Hill Marker Detail image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 6, 2009
6. Over the Hill Marker Detail
Over the Hill Marker Key image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 6, 2009
7. Over the Hill Marker Key
Over the Hill Marker Key image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 6, 2009
8. Over the Hill Marker Key
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 531 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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