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Altoona Railway Museum Club



Welcome to the "Altoona Railway Museum Club!



Business Meetings are held at 7:30 pm, on the fourth Tuesday of every other Month
(excluding December) at:

The Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum,
Memorial Hall, 1300 9th Avenue, Altoona, PA 16602

Social Meetings may be held on alternate months at a pre-determined location.
President Francis Givler, Jr. for further details.

You are invited to attend!

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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.

 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.

Website statistic history, 1999- September 2008 can be found here.

Author:  Chris Behe
Copyright 1998-2017 All rights reserved.
Revised: March 2, 2017


Well, actually, the Altoona Railway Museum Club doesn't exist 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 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.

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.''

We hope you enjoy the site and encourage you to join the NRHS as well as visit the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum.

Latest News

This page was last updated on: March 02, 2017!

Greetings all. It's great to be back online. You may notice the content of this site is the same as that found on the previous version of the Horseshoe Curve Chapter, NRHS, website. In 2013, the Chapter decided to move in a different direction so this is no longer the Official website for the Horseshoe Curve Chapter, NRHS. However, the information previously found on this site was beleived to be too valuable to be discarded. As such, I created the Altroona Railway Museum Club website in order to preserve those memories. After too long of a delay, the information is once again seeing the light of day. I still have alot of broken code to repair due to the server address transition. If you see an errors, please let me know. I'll make updates as time allows. Thanks for visiting.


- 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 --


Club and Chapter 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