Rail excursions to Altoona return, 9/28, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26!

Rail excursions to Altoona return, 9/28, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26!

JAHA is pleased to once again offer a full slate of rail tours this fall, on September 28, and October 12, 19 and 26! Three slightly different itineraries are offered, but all showcase the area’s railway history through visits to the Johnstown Railroad Station, the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum, and the Horseshoe Curve, connected by a round-trip train ride between Johnstown and Altoona.

As in previous years, JAHA is offering the Ride the Rails Tour (Sept. 28, Oct. 19), which addition to the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum and the Horseshoe Curve includes the Baker Mansion and Boyer Candy Outlet; and the Ultimate Rail Fan Tour (Oct. 26), which is guided by Brian Lehman and includes the rail sites with an extended tour of the Railroaders Memorial Museum.

New this year is the Ride the Portage Railroad Tour (Oct. 12), which in addition to the Railroaders Memorial Museum and Horseshoe Curve includes a trip to the Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site. This tour will be led by Doug Bosley, a ranger with the National Park Service.

Each train tour will begin at the Johnstown Area Passenger Train Station, where guests will check in and have the opportunity ask questions about the building, including the continued progress of its renovation effort being led by JAHA. From the station, guests will take the one-hour train ride to Altoona, arriving at the Altoona Train Station. From there, a bus will transport guests to the different sites. All tours will stop at the Altoona-area Cracker Barrel for lunch.

The cost for the Ride the Rails Tour is $75 for JAHA members, $80 for non-members. The cost for children’s tickets is $50 for JAHA members, $55 for non-members. The cost of lunch is not included.

The cost for Ultimate Rail Fan Tour and the Allegheny Portage Railroad Tour is $80 for JAHA members, $85 for non-members. The cost for children’s tickets is $55 for JAHA members, $60 for non-members. The cost of lunch is not included.

Please call (814) 539-1889 or visit the Heritage Discovery Center (201 Sixth Avenue, Johnstown, PA 15906) to book your trip. The booking deadline is the Wednesday before each trip.