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Welcome to the "Altoona Railway Museum Club" 

This site is dedicated to the founders of the "Altoona Railway Museum Club".  Although the Club does not presently exist in its original form and there are no actual members, its legacy lives on today as the Horseshoe Curve Chapter, National Railway Historical Society.


The Altoona Railway Museum Club had its beginnings at the time the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) ceased to exist and when many of the PRR’s historical sites in the Altoona, Pennsylvania, area were being dismantled.  Although many local facilities were lost, the Altoona Railway Museum Club strived to preserve the heritage of our fore bearers who settled here. 

This was an informal organization formed in 1965 through the offices of the Blair County Tourist and Convention Bureau (with the assistance Mr. George Kelchner) following Altoona's loss in being designated the site for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's new railroad museum. The Altoona Railway Museum club, initially a nucleus of approximately a half-dozen people, was formed to promote an awareness of Altoona's rich railroad heritage and to seek ways and means to develop a railroad museum for the greater Altoona area. Subsequently, the group became aware of an organization known as the National Railway Historical Society, and applied for a charter. This charter was granted and the Horseshoe Curve Chapter was officially recognized effective May 11, 1968.  Overtime, the Horseshoe Curve Chapter, NRHS, had a significant role in the successful 1973 establishment of the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum.

The Horseshoe Curve Chapter, National Railway Historical Society (NRHS), is a tax exempt, non-profit organization which engages in projects to preserve and maintain historical equipment and information relating to the rail transportation industry, particularly as it applies to the Blair County, PA area.  The Horseshoe Curve Chapter, NRHS, also plays an instrumental role in local heritage awareness, the Chapter owns and operates rail passenger equipment as well as restores rolling stock, and it supports all preservation projects of the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum.

Inside this site, you will find extensive information regarding the Altoona Railway Museum Club, the Horseshoe Curve Chapter, NHRS (through August 2013), information regarding the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum, Altoona PA area history, as well as Railfan Information.

We hope you enjoy the site and encourage you to visit the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum.

-- Note: The content of this site was previously found on the Horseshoe Curve Chapter, NRHS website, which was disestablished August 2013. --

-- This site is not affiliated with the Horseshoe Curve Chapter, NRHS --


Altoona Railway Museum Club Information
Memorable Moments from the Past Hall of Honor
Chapter Owned Rolling Stock    
Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum Information
About the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum Horseshoe Curve History
The Herman Haupt Truss Bridge PRR K-4s #1361 Restoration
"The Loretto" Restoration Project PRR GG1 #4913
The "Nancy" The Jacks Narrows & The Harbor Springs
The Robert E. Hannegan RPO PRR Mountain View
Roundhouse and Turntable Project Official Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum and Horseshoe Curve Web Page
Altoona History and Guides
"Features the Railfan's Guide to the Altoona Area and "Under the Wire: The Altoona and Logan Valley Electric Railway"  


NRHS and its logo are trademarks of the National Railway Historical Society .

"Railfest" is a trademark of the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum .

Panoramic photograph of the Horseshoe Curve seen throughout this website is used with permission, copyright: Kirk Leidy, Altoona, PA.

The Horseshoe Curve "Eighth Wonder" Logo is a trademark of the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum, Inc.

Author:  Chris Behe
Copyright © 1998-2013, All rights reserved.
Revised: September 7, 2013


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