Todd's Railfan Guide to

In General
Getting Here


The guides for the Altoona area are divided into the following maps:

     Index page
     Altoona Proper
     Altoona West

     Altoona East
     Horseshoe Curve


     the East Broad Top RR Railfan Guide
      the Railroader's Museum

In General

Along with the Horseshoe Curve and Altoona, Gallitzin and Cresson make this part of the country one of the biggest and best railfan spots in the U.S. to visit.

Gallitzin is home to the top end of three famous tunnels: the Gallitzin, the Allegheny, and the New Portage

The Allegheny and New Portage tunnels were completed in 1854, and the Gallitzin tunnel in 1904. 

The Allegheny tunnel was expanded to two tracks in 1995, and at that time, the Gallitzin tunnel was taken out of service. 

The New Portage tunnel is primarily for EB traffic, and the Allegheny tunnel, WB.

More info at: http://www.gallitzin.info/

Pictures are always needed if anyone feels inclined to take 'em, send 'em, and share 'em, or if you have something to add or correct.... credit is always given! Contact info is here



    1       The Gallitzin and Allegheny Tunnels


    2       New Portage Tunnel


In the above set of photos, taken from the "bottom" of the tunnels, the New Portage Tunnel is on the left in the left photo.  The approach to the two tunnels is in the middle.  Below is the where the access road to the lower tunnel portals comes off the main road in Tunnel Hill.

    3       AR Tower


A more recent aerial shot from Bing Maps shows the roof is in a bad state of repair....  Also looks like they removed the signal to the right of the tower when compared to the photo below.

    4       Gallitzin Tunnels Park & Museum

          the Park

                  In the Museum

      At the caboose

      A picture of the freight coming out of the tunnels is at the top of the page

    5       the Tunnel Inn - Bed & Breakfast


Back in the late 60's and into the 70's, NKP 759 ran excursions all over the place in Pennsylvania and Maryland.  Harrisburg, Port Covington (Baltimore), and Cumberland MD were all favorite starting places for the steam excursions.  Here we see 759 emerging from the Allegheny Tunnel.  The first time I caught it was west of Meyersdale PA in May of 1969 coming back from Promontory UT - it was painted in AAR blue and yellow for the 100th anniversary of the completion of the trans-continental railroad.


web statistics

NEW 8/22/2010
Last Modified 14-Oct-2013