PRESERVING RAILROAD'S HERITAGE SINCE 1968
JOSEPH A. DEFRANCESCO
DAVID W. SEIDEL
Since 1968, as a non-profit organization, the Horseshoe Curve Chapter of the National Railway Historical has actively sought to preserve the story of the American Railroader. The story of the Altoona Railroader is the story of America. Altoona founded by farmers and immigrants who sought to find the American dream. Altoona residents and the Pennsylvania Railroad made Altoona a city of opportunity. The worker's love of labor produced the Greatest Generation, the Baby Boom, and the Standard Railroad of the World. Altoona was not alone, other cities across a vast American continent worked hand and hand to make America strong. The success of Altoona and the United States could not have been achieved if it were not for the Horseshoe Curve linking cross roads of commerce with east and west. During times of War and Peace it was the Horseshoe Curve and the Railroads which allowed the veins of America to pump resources to keep America the shinning city upon the hill. It is the mission of the Horseshoe Curve Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society to keep alive the achievements of our past for future generations.
The Horseshoe Curve Chapter, National Railway Historical Society (NRHS), is a tax exempt, non-profit organization which engages in projects to preserve and maintain historical equipment and information relating to the rail transportation industry, particularly as it applies to Central Pennsylvania.
The Horseshoe Curve Chapter, had its beginnings at the time the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) ceased to exist & when many of the PRR’s historical sites in the Altoona Area were being dismantled. Although many local facilities were lost, the Horseshoe Curve Chapter, of the NRHS, has always strived to preserve the heritage of our fore bearers who settled here. We are also proud to have played an instrumental role in the local heritage awareness and to help found and organize the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum as well as acquire/fund major Museum acquisitions.
The Chapter owns and operates rail passenger equipment as well as restores rolling stock. We support all preservation projects of the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum. A periodic newsletter, an annual chapter picnic, and other special events are regular activities.