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Updated March 05, 2017!



This website, the Altoona Railway Museum Club, is an unofficial site for the Horseshoe Curve Chapter, NRHS. It is no longer affiliated with the Horseshoe Curve Chapter, NRHS. Requests for information regarding items offered for sale by the NRHS should be directed to the Horseshoe Curve Chapter, NHRS, President.

President Francis X. Givler, Jr.
114 Scott Avenue
Altoona, PA 16602-4048

Horseshoe Curve Chapter
National Railway Historical Society, Inc
PO Box 1361
Altoona, PA 16603-1361

You are also welcome to attend a Horseshoe Curve Chapter, NRHS, meeting or email the Chapter..

Meetings are held at 7:30 pm, on the fourth Tuesday of the Month at:

The Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum,
Master Mechanic Building,
1300 9th Avenue, Altoona, PA 16602

Recommended Publications


Author(s): Leonard E. Alwine, David W. Seidel
ISBN: 0738538973
Price: $19.99

Book Description:
Dating back to 1882, the Altoona and Logan Valley Electric Railway has humble origins, but it quickly became a viable transportation system serving the city of Altoona. Often referred to as the Logan Valley, the railway employed 300 people, transported 11.5 million passengers a year, and traveled 7,220 scheduled route miles a day until economic conditions forced the line to discontinue service on June 2, 1954. Altoona and Logan Valley Electric Railway documents the history of a streetcar network that served the employees of the Pennsylvania Railroad as well as the community. Through 200 images and informed narrative, this book retraces the history of the Altoona and Logan Valley Electric Railway and its successor, the Logan Valley Bus Company.

The book contains approximately 200 photos of the Altoona & Logan Valley, covering its entire history, including a chapter on the Logan Valley Bus Company. The trolley operations ended in 1954 and the bus company ended in October 1959, resulting in the creation of Pennsylvania's first public transit authority which we know today as Amtran (publicly owned/controlled as opposed to a private entity). 

Author Bio:
Leonard E. Alwine is a member of the Horseshoe Curve Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, the Railways to Yesterday and Rockhill Trolley Museum, and the Lakemont Park Historical Museum. He has written numerous works on railroad and firefighting history.

David W. Seidel is a founding member of Horseshoe Curve Chapter, National Railway Historical Society, and he serves as its chapter historian. He is also a founding member of the Railroader’s Memorial Museum and its predecessor, the Altoona Railway Museum Club.

12-11-2005:  Chapter members Leonard E.Alwine & David Seidel have co-authored a pictorial history of Altoona's other railway, the 'Altoona & Logan Valley Electric Railway', which operated on the streets of Blair County from 1888 to 1954. David and Leonard are pictured at the book signing event at the Railroaders Memorial Museum.

Note: Proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit programs and services of Horseshoe Curve Chapter, National Railway Historical Society. 

Copies of the book retail for $19.99 at many local bookstores and can also be ordered from the publisher at .