Altoona Action” is a hardcover book that features thirty years of railroading in and around the city of Altoona, Pennsylvania. Altoona Action presents brilliant black & white and color photography of the Pennsylvania Railroad, Penn Central and Conrail, taken between the mid-1960’s and the mid-1990’s. In addition to Altoona, the book covers Horseshoe Curve, Gallitzin, Cresson, Tyrone and Spruce Creek. To complement the beautiful photographs, there are histories of Gallitzin and the long-forgotten industrial town of Bennington.
You will also learn of two ways in which the Pennsylvania Railroad harnessed the power of the atom for their own use! Additionally, there are old and new maps of the area and excerpts from timetables. At the end of the book is a complete index and bibliography which will come in handy for those who wish to research related topics. There is also a story written by a gentleman who came to Altoona to work for the P.R.R. in 1885, and recorded many details of what life in Altoona was like more than 100 years ago!
Thomas A. Biery took most of the photographs used in “Altoona Action”. Tom is a graduate of Penn State University and has a background in logistics. He has been published in many national magazines, including The Railroad Press, Time, Newsweek and Traffic World. He has previously authored “Chessie System Cumberland Action” and “ALCO’s to Allentown”. “Altoona Action” is hardcover, 8-1/2″ x 11″ and 128 pages. It is printed on heavy high-gloss paper which gives the photos a very crisp look and allows you to see all of the details! Hardcover, 128 pages, b/w and color photography, 8-1/2 x 11.