Your Questions…Our Answers
1. Are there train rides around the Horseshoe Curve?
No, there are no train rides around the Horseshoe Curve. The only way to ride around the Horseshoe Curve is on AMTRAK. You can call AMTRAK to make arrangements at (800) 872-7245.
2. Why is there an admission charge at the Horseshoe Curve?
Since the interpretive visitor center opened in 1992, it has operated with an annual deficit of $150,000.00. Like any other organization, the Horseshoe Curve incurs costs such as insurance, utilities, inspections, repairs, maintenance, and payroll. In addition, it pays a lease so visitors may go to the top of the hill.
The Horseshoe Curve is designated as National Historic “Landmark” not a National Historic “Site”; thus it is NOT part of the National Park Service system and does not receive a government subsidy. The Horseshoe Curve is operated by the Altoona Railroaders memorial Museum, a private non-profit organization. As such, it depends on monetary donations, gift shop income, and occasional grants which fall short of meeting its expenses.
The admission fee is used to maintain the high-quality visitor experience that we are certain you will enjoy today.
3. Can I bring my pet to the Railroaders Museum and Horseshoe Curve?
No, pets are not allowed on the grounds of the Railroaders Museum or Horseshoe Curve. Service animals ARE permitted.