Horseshoe Curve
Not far from Gallitzin and not far from Altoona either.  Horseshoe Curve is a good spot for photographing, and great for those who just want to watch.  Once you pay you're admission, you can look through the exhibits first, or go to the curve first.  There are two ways to get to the curve: Walk stairs, or ride the incline.  Once you're at the top, there are a number of information posters to read while you await the next train.  You can also learn about the GP-9 locomotive on display, in Pennsylvania colors.  They also have a scanning radio hooked up to a loudspeaker, so you can hear all of the rail activity.  Somewhere in the area is a talking defect detector, so if you find out where, you can have advanced notice of approaching trains.  Definitely worth stopping at if you're in the area.
The following were taken on September 1, 1998.
Everything was fine on our trip up the incline...
Not really.  Everything was fine.
The view from the top was spectacular!
Here's that GP-9 I was talking about.  It needs some new paint soon.
After a short while we saw some "live" trains.

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