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The Horseshoe Curve is known worldwide as an engineering achievement by the Pennsylvania Railroad. This landmark, located just west of Altoona, opened to traffic on February 15, 1854, and it enabled a railroad line to climb the Allegheny Mountains and the eastern continental divide. The Horseshoe Curve’s construction impacted railroad design and development for mountainous terrain everywhere, enabling access to coal and other raw materials essential for the industrial age. J. Edgar Thomson, chief engineer of the Pennsylvania Railroad, is widely recognized for his engineering and design of the Horseshoe Curve, a concept never utilized previously. Today the curve is still in use and sees approximately 70 trains daily. Through vintage photographs, Horseshoe Curve chronicles how this marvel remains one of the vital transportation arteries linking the east and west coasts of the United States.
|Publisher:||Arcadia Publishing SC|
|Series:||Images of Rail Series|
|Product dimensions:||6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)|
About the Author
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"Horseshoe Curve" is another in a series of "Images of Rail" books published by Arcadia Publishing. You will most likely find them on the books of local interest table at your local book store. The book is written by local auther David W. Seidel, who just happens to be a photographer and an Altoona historian. "Horseshoe Curve" showcases many images from the author's extensive collection as well as photos from the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum and other collections. "Horseshoe Curve" is divided into seven chapters that cover the different railroads that owned and traversed the curve. Each image (there are generally two images per page) has a caption consisting of several sentences that add perspective to the photographs. I found the author's comments interesting, and even though I am a native and quite familiar with the curve, there were many historical and local-interest facts that I was unaware of. This small book would make a great gift for the rail buff or historian interested in this mighty engineering marvel and the history that is attached to it. The book can be browsed leisurely or read from cover-to-cover, as one desires. "Horseshoe Curve" is very reasonably priced and a pleasant diversion--highly recommended!