What: Van Tour of Historic Portage Railroad
When: Saturday, July 13, 2013,1:00 PM
Where: Meet at Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site Visitor Center
Notes: Tour is free; reservations required. Call (814) 886-6150
Travel back in time with a park ranger on a free van tour of the historic route of the Allegheny Portage Railroad. This tour follows the entire route of the Portage Railroad from the canal basin in Hollidaysburg to the canal basin in Johnstown. Visitors will learn how this engineering marvel was built and hear the compelling stories of the men and women who built and operated what was the most important route westward from 1834 to 1854. In many places the route will follow the exact path of the old Portage Railroad and will go to the Staple Bend Tunnel. In addition, the tour will take passengers past the Skew Arch Bridge, the reconstruction of Engine House 6, the historic Lemon House, and several historic culverts. This free tour is 3 hours long and begins at 1 PM at the Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site Visitor Center. Space is limited to 12 people and reservations are required.
Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site is located 10 miles west of Altoona, Pennsylvania off the Gallitzin exit of U.S. Highway 22. The park preserves portions of the first railroad crossing of the Allegheny Mountains. This unique railroad connected the eastern and western divisions of the PennsylvaniaMainlineCanal. For additional information, reservations and directions for this event, please call the park at (814) 886-6150 or visit the park website at www.nps.gov/alpo.