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Railroaders Memorial Museum

Posted in Historical Places in Blair County, Pa.

Railraod Museum

The Railroaders Memorial Museum is located along 9th Ave in Altoona, PA. The museum shows how significant the area railroad workers, families, and facilities were to the growth of our country by way of industry. Altoona, PA was once home to the Altoona Works, the largest railway facility in the United States. The Altoona Works Pennsylvania Railroad's repair shops also known as PPR employed 15,000 workers in the 1920's. 25 years later the PRR facility in Altoona was the largest rail shop in the world. Located at the base of the Allegheny Mountains and the Horseshoe Curve the Altoona Works was essential to the American Railroad Industry.

The Railroaders Memorial Museum was founded by the Altoona Railway Museum Association. In 1966 an ad was placed in the local paper, the Altoona Mirror, asking for anyone interested in forming a group to build a Railway Museum in Altoona. The group formed the Altoona Railway Museum Association in 1967. By 1968 the association was charted by the National Railway Historical Society and began gathering memorabilia. The association incorporated the name, Railroaders Memorial Museum, in 1972. The museum officially opened to the public on Sept. 21, 1980.

The Railroaders Memorial Museum offers interactive activities for both young and old. Anyone with a love for trains and American history would enjoy visiting this Altoona treasure. The Railroaders Museum is available for rental for numerous meetings and or parties. The museum showcases several events throughout the year. Two of the more popular events include the Alive@5 Summer Concert Series and Wingday Wednesdays. Visit the Railroaders Memorial Museum website at:


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