The Gregarious Railfan
Altoona, PA 16601  (population, 45,796 [2013])  

GPS: N 40.5127, W 78.4004   Google map   

Scanner: NS:  160.800 [46], 160.980 [58], and 161.070 [64]

Railroad: Norfolk Southern Pittsburg Division

Description:  Altoona, Pennsylvania is located in central Pennsylvania.  It is the location of NS’s Pittsburg Line / Ex
Pennsy Broadway Line mainline pass through the Allegheny Mountains.  There is much to see in and around Altoona.
The GPS Location above is for the pedestrian overpass to the Amtrak Station just south of the Railroaders’ Memorial

Approximate # trains per 24 hours: 40+ including Amtrak’s Pennsylvanian.  

Photo opportunities: The pedestrian overpass is a great place to watch NS helper engines connect for the climb to
Horseshoe Curve.

Nearby RR stuff: Railroaders’ Memorial Museum, downtown.  Just West of downtown Altoona is world-famous
Horseshoe Curve (N 40.4978, W 78.4841), Gallitzin Tunnel (N 40.4822, W 78.5521) and the town of Cresson, PA.
(N40.4642, W78.5898).  Horseshoe Curve is a National Landmark operated by the U.S. Park Service, and a railfan
would consider the hours “limited” (9:00 AM to 6:00 PM).  There are railfan viewing platforms at Gallitzin Tunnel
and Cresson.

Gregariousness quotient: Downtown pedestrian overpass: low to medium

Local breakfast and lunch: Tom and Joe's Restaurant, 1201 13th Ave. (N 40.51696, W 78.40220)

Local Pub and grub: Mike’s Court, 1908 5th St (a real neighborhood bar) (N 40.52520, W 78.40301)

Lodging: Super 8 Altoona (N 40.4812, W 78.3961) off I-99  

Visitor Info:   Explore Altoona   
“ ‘Done’ is better than “perfect’ “  - Sherry Buizan, local bookseller
Denver Todd is The Gregarious Railfan
Todd Sestero is the RAILFAN GUIDES of the U.S.
November 2014
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