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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.


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.

Marshall Teeters

Monday, May 28, 2018
We had a nice family day. We will do it again. It takes about a hour to get there for us but it was worth it.

Michelle Nice

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Alot about the city of Altoona more then just trains...but beautiful! Live music in court yard , and don't miss the round house in the back!

Jason Berrang

Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018
What an awesome place! Well done with lots to explore and look at. After doing some family history searching, found out that some of my family worked on the railroads around here. Found out even more about them at this location. The roundhouse was neat to explore and see the projects they are currently working on. The main museum had an incredible amount of history and well presented.

Filicia Hollen

Saturday, May 12, 2018
I've been going to The Railroaders Memorial Museum since I was a child and every visit feels like the very first one!! Young or old, always a great family oriented place to go!!

Railroaders Memorial Museum is not affiliated with AmericanTowns Media