Welcome to the "Altoona Railway Museum Club!"
Horseshoe Curve Chapter, NRHS Business Meetings are held at 7:30 pm, on the fourth Tuesday of the Month at:
The Altoona Railroaders Memorial
Social Meetings may be held at a pre-determined location. Contact Horseshoe Curve NRHS ChapterPresident Francis Givler, Jr. for further details.
You are invited to attend!
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Panoramic photograph of the Horseshoe Curve seen throughout this website is used with permission, copyright: Kirk Leidy, Altoona, PA.
Photograph of Locomotive in collage is by Thomas Lynam & Altoona Archives.
The Horseshoe Curve "Eighth Wonder" Logo is a trademark of the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum, Inc.
Author: Chris Behe
Well, actually, the Altoona Railway Museum Club doesn't presently exist in its original form anymore.
The Altoona Railway Museum Club had its beginnings at the time the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) ceased to exist and when many of the PRRs 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.
The Club 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.
Today, the Horseshoe Curve Chapter, 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.
This site is dedicated to the founders of the "Altoona Railway Museum Club and the members of the Horseshoe Curve Chapter, NRHS. In the following pages, you will find extensive information regarding the Altoona Railway Museum Club, the Horseshoe Curve Chapter, NRHS (through August 2013), information regarding the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum , Altoona, PA area history, and area Railfan Information.''
This page was last updated on: April 12, 2017!
--"The Coal Bucket" is the Official Newsletter of the Horseshoe Curve Chapter, National Railway Historical Society.
This website contains articles from "The Coal Bucket" as well as additional items. Note: The content of this site was previously found on the Horseshoe Curve Chapter, NRHS website, which was disestablished August 2013. --
-- This site is no longer affiliated with the Horseshoe Curve Chapter, NRHS --
|Altoona Railway Museum Club and Horseshoe Curve Chapter, NRHS, History|
|News and Information from the Horseshoe Curve Chapter||Hall of Honor|
|Upcoming Events and Activities||Memorable Moments from the Chapter's Past|
|Membership Information||Chapter Owned Rolling Stock|
|Excursions||History of the Horseshoe Curve Chapter and the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum|
|Chapter Store||Homepage for the National Office of the NRHS|
|Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum Information|
|History of the 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 Guide|
|"Features the Railfan's Guide to the Altoona Area and "Under the Wire: The Altoona & Logan Valley Electric Railway" by Chris Behe and David Seidel|