Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum

1300 Ninth Avenue, Altoona, PA 16602 - United States





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The Railroaders Memorial Museum is dedicated to revealing, interpreting, commemorating and celebrating the significant contributions of Railroaders and their families to American life and industry.

The Altoona Pennsylvania Railroad’s contribution to the nation’s transportation infrastructure, and to production standardization, marks it as one of the most important contributors to America’s industrial revolution.

By the 1920s, the Altoona railroad works employed 15,000 workers, and by 1945 the Pennsylvania Railroad’s facilities at Altoona had become the world’s largest rail shop complex.


Three floors of exhibits tell the history of the PRR industry and stories of railroaders families.

The restoration of the official steam locomotive of the State of Pennsylvania
and the Harry Bennett Memorial Roundhouse construction project is open for viewing.

Altoona at Work: An Era of Steam
Norfolk Southern Theatre
Watch and immerse yourself in the time when life in Altoona revolved around the railroad, and the Pennsylvania Railroad revolved around Altoona. Go back 150 years to the “Birth of the Curve” to find out why the Horseshoe Curve was necessary and how this engineering marvel was constructed.

Working the Mountain: Workers of the Horseshoe Curve
This tells the day-to-day story of the Horseshoe Curve through interviews with track workers, locomotive engineers and others who worked there over the years.

Don’t forget to visit our fully stocked gift shop!


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