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Railroaders Memorial Museum

1300 Ninth Avenue

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.

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.

For more than a century Altoona was one of the most important rail facilities in the United States. The city was home to the Altoona Pennsylvania Railroad's repair and maintenance shops, its locomotive construction facility, and its test department. 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.

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.


Brittany Sheeler

Saturday, July 14, 2018
My husband and I had a “date day” here awhile back. It was very interesting and we had a great day looking at all of the really neat old railroad stuff!! I highly recommend that everyone at least do a walkthrough. It is definitely worth the money that you pay, plus the admission also includes a same day pass to the Horseshoe Curve. Which is also a wonderful place to visit!! It’s a must see in my opinion 🙂

Mark Steward

Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018
While there are numerous things to see, learn, and experience, this excursion is not something I would recommend for young children or hyper individuals due to moderate amounts of reading & looking but not much touching. The gift shop has a little of everything and the staff were easy to interact with. Overall, a worthwhile investment that will be enjoyed by most people (from my perspective).

Jonna Booker

Monday, June 25, 2018
The show was awesome! Unfortunately, their set up for tickets, bracelets for beer and beer tickets where rediculous!! We purchased our tickets prior to the venue date and still stood in line with ticket buyers just to get in. Then, we had to stand in another line to purchase beer and alcohol tokens. We weren't finished there! We then had to stand in another line to actually get alcohol and/or beer. All of that took an hour and a half!!! And once you were inside for the show, all alcohol was unavailable! You had to go back out to and stand in line again if you wanted a second beverage! What a nightmare!

Eric Flumerfelt

Friday, June 22, 2018
Excellent history of Altoona and the Pennsylvania Railroad. Admission is possibly a bit pricey if you don't take advantage of the Horseshoe Curve two-fer. Definitely go to the roundhouse to see the restoration work in-progress, I hope they get more of their rolling stock inside and in presentable condition soon!

christina bratton-finkbeiner

Monday, June 4, 2018
Awesome museum to visit and learn of the railroad town of Altoona, Pa. Great summer concerts on the museum lawn. Educational. Musical Concerts. Fun place to visit.

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