Altoona, PA 16601 (population, 45,796 )
GPS: N 40.5127, W 78.4004 Google map
Scanner: NS: 160.800 , 160.980 , and 161.070 
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
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
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
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