Altoona in Blair County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Master Mechanic
Built in 1882, this Master Mechanics Building housed then, as it does again today, stories of what made the Pennsylvania the most important railroad in America and a cornerstone of the industry.
Each Pennsy operating division had a Master Mechanic, whose job was to oversee the upkeep of locomotives and cars in his division to assure their first-rate performance and reliability. Nowhere was he more respected than here in Altoona - headquarters of PRR's Middle Division, home of the world's largest railroad shops, and a hub of day-to-day railroading activity.
In this building were also housed the finest state-of-the-art physical and chemical laboratories, where research was conducted by the Pennsylvania Railroad Test Department. Founded by engineers, the PRR emphasized cutting-edge science and technology to build the biggest corporation and self-proclaimed "Standard Railroad" fo the world.
Erected by Railroaders Memorial Museum.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Pennsylvania Railroad marker series.
Location. 40° 30.819′ N, 78° 23.961′ W. Marker is in Altoona, Pennsylvania, in Blair County Touch for map. Marker is near the entance to the Railroaders Memorial Museum,. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1300 9th Avenue, Altoona PA 16602, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. PRR Class X29L Steel Boxcar No. 2136 (here, next to this marker); The Posy Gang (a few steps from this marker); PRR Class N5 Cabin Car (or Caboose) No. 477577 (a few steps from this marker); PRR Class D78F Dining Car No. 4468 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Altoona Works (within shouting distance of this marker); Pennsylvania Railroad Shops (within shouting distance of this marker); Scale Test Weight Car (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Memorial Projectile (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Altoona.
Also see . . .
1. Pennyslvania Railroad Shops. (Submitted on February 13, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Pennsylvania Railroad Technical and Historical Society. (Submitted on February 13, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Railfan's Guide to the Altoona Area. (Submitted on February 13, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 13, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 539 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 13, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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