About the Museum
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.
About Altoona, Pennsylvania
Altoona’s location at the foot of the Allegheny front and its proximity to the Horseshoe Curve route over the mountains, made the city a key location in the Altoona Pennsylvania Railroad’s operations.
Today, Altoona is one of the hubs of the area’s growing tourist industry. Many significant cultural resources are within the city itself, and most of these resources are linked directly to the city’s long history as a railroad center. Altoona is in a section of southwestern Pennsylvania that is home to a number of significant cultural and historic resources.
Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, Johnstown Flood National Memorial, Horseshoe Curve National Historic Site, Staple Bend Tunnel (America’s first railroad tunnel), and the historic iron furnace at Mt. Etna are all within 25 miles of Altoona.
Building the Museum
Inside the Railroaders Memorial Museum
Take a step back in time and experience the daily lives of America's Railroaders ... at work, at home, and in the community.Take a Virtual Tour