Things to do in Pennsylvania, take a road trip to Horseshoe Curve

Railway industry - train hauling coal at Horseshoe Curve

Locomotive pulling heavy coal load, Horseshoe Curve

Glenwhite Rd, Logan, Pennsylvania, USA
Latitude: 40.4978, Longtitude: -78.4858
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Pennsylvania has many national historic places, when looking for things to do in this state plan a trip to Horseshoe Curve. Located just couple of miles west of Altoona this site is a great example of industrial engineering accomplishment of 19-th century that is still relevant today.

The horseshoe curve – one of the famous industrial landmarks is off the beaten path. Visiting this historic place is one of those road trip ideas that will be appreciated by both trains enthusiasts and general public alike. Museum and visitors center offers great insight into industrial history of the region, development of railroads. Kids will enjoy ride to the top on funicular train or running down the stairs, watching powerful trains pulling their heavy loads.

horseshoe curve pennsylvania industrial attractions, famous landmarks sign
Pennsylvania Railroad sign describing the Horseshoe Curve, famous landmarks

Views from the top are beautiful landscapes overlooking mountains and lakes in direction of Altoona. Industrial images in this photo gallery were taken in the spring. Featured image shows bright colorful foliage in the mountains which is very similar to fall colors. Black locomotive and train cars full of coal contrast the nature around them.

Freight train with coal and surrounding nature in the spring, industrial images
Gentle curve of the freight train with coal climbing the grade of Horseshoe Curve

There are other historic places in the area within easy drive that you can include in the list of things to do in Pennsylvania and add to road trip ideas. You can visit Fort Ligonier with its collection of cannons and museum. You can take a road trip to Fort Necessity – National Battlefield dating back to French Indian war. In Johnstown you can ride the steepest inclined plane in the world and enjoy great view of the town from the top. If you are willing to venture off the beaten path, Pennsylvania has many industrial historic places to visit.

Horseshoe curve visitors center
Horseshoe curve visitors center
Courtyard in front of stairs leading to the train tracks
Courtyard in front of stairs leading to the train tracks
Steam locomotive historic picture from the museum
Steam locomotive historic picture
Engineer John Edgar Thomson, museum photo
Engineer John Edgar Thomson, museum photo
Pennsylvania railroad historic train, industrial images
Pennsylvania railroad historic train, industrial images
Locomotive close-up industrial image
Locomotive close-up industrial image
Trains with intermodal cargo are using Horseshoe curve every day
Trains with intermodal cargo are using Horseshoe curve every day
Benches and park to rest and observe trains
Benches and park to rest and observe trains

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Norfolk Southern railway double locomotive with coal freight train, industrial images
Norfolk Southern railway double locomotive with coal freight train, industrial images
horseshoe curve trains pennsylvania attractions
Norfolk Southern logo on black locomotive
Train hopper car loaded with coal with open top, industrial images
Train hopper car loaded with coal with open top, industrial images
Two more locomotive at the back end of the train help cope with the grade
Two more locomotive at the back end of the train help cope with the grade
horseshoe curve spring landscapes, pennsylvania attractions
Beautiful landscapes from the visitors center in the spring, road trip ideas
horseshoe curve spring landscapes with bright yellow forsythia, pennsylvania attractions
Bright yellow forsythia bush above the lake

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Purple flowering tree above visitors center, attractions off the beaten path
Purple flowering tree above visitors center, attractions off the beaten path

 

  14.07.2017 by FPImages

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