Thursday, November 10, 2011

Horseshoe Curve | Altoona, Pennsylvania

Horseshoe Curve was the Pennsylvania Railroad's solution to the problem of how to cross the Allegheny Mountains. Designed by John Edgar Thompson and Herman Haupt, this feat of engineering became operational on February 15, 1854. Since then, it has served continually as Pennsylvania's main line to the west. It was widened from one track to four between 1898 and 1900, but one track was removed in 1981, and there have been three ever since. More than 50 trains a day use the Curve, including Amtrak's Pennsylvanian.

1 comment:

The Enthusiast said...

My father used to bring me to the Horseshoe curve once a year. He's still a great railroad enthusiast. I'm just glad we don't have Crabbeville (Crabbetown?) in our basement.