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Horseshoe Curve Past Present an Future
Description: We take a closer look at the 8th wonder of the world the Horse shoe curve.

Date Taken: 9/16/2007
Views: 40863
City: Altoona
State: pennsylvania
Country: United States
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Youve ridden to the top of a steep slope on a cabledrawn incline car or perhaps you felt energetic and walked the 192 stairs to the top. Its quiet as you look out into the spectacular foliage of the beautiful mountain valley. -- johnstownwildfire
Gradually, you hear a faint sound from the valley below. And then you spot it a train, chugging its way through the seemingly impossible Horseshoe Curve below. But dont be surprised. This scenario plays itself out over 500 times a week on one of Pennsylvanias busiest sections of railroad track -- johnstownwildfire
Visitors today still marvel at the grace at which trains wind through the curve, although constructing the curve which was completed in 1854 was anything but graceful. Several hundred Irish laborers used nothing more than their own hands, gunpowder, and pack animals to carve out the tracks bed on the slopes of the Allegheny Mountains. The results were historic the previously impenetrable Alleghenys had been conquered and America had its gateway to the west -- johnstownwildfire
Very few if any railroads let you get this close to an operating mainline, let alone one of such beauty and historical significance. Bring a picnic and your camera And dont forget to visit the Horseshoe Curve Exhibit Center and the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum, where the stories of the building of the curve and the lives of railroad workers come to life through exhibits, archives, memorabilia, and much more. -- johnstownwildfire
You should name what kind of engines are on your video, great show -- mikestreeservice
This is a wonderful charming and very educational video. We love watching your videos. I know one is the K 9 right -- Flood City Weather Team
I like your video, so much history at the cruve. My grandfather worked on the PRR and he would often take my mom to the curve via train -- womansfury
Short history, it helped me with my homework thanks -- Hermoine
Great stuff -- cindyhorn
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