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By:Thomas C. Ayers
Dates:3/1/1946 - 12/31/1996
Album Info:Here are several photos that were taken at Horseshoe Curve near Altoona, Pennsylvania, from 1946 through 1996.
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PRR "Pacific," c. 1946
Title:  PRR "Pacific," c. 1946
Description:  AHC. Here is an original photo of a Pennsylvania Railroad Class K-4S (4-6-2) "Pacific" locomotive rounding the Horseshoe Curve on its way down to Altoona, Pennsylvania, to make yet another passenger-train-helper run up the Allegheny Mountains to Gallitzin and back. The photographer's name, the locomotive's road number, and the exact date are not recorded.
Photo Date:  8/15/1946  Upload Date: 6/27/2018 2:05:50 AM
Location:  ALTOONA (HORSESHOE CURVE), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Steam
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Views:  365   Comments: 0
PRR 1487, L-1S, 1947
Title:  PRR 1487, L-1S, 1947
Description:  AHC. Here is a photo by Mr. Bruce D. Fales that was taken at the Horseshoe Curve near Altoona, Pennsylvania, on 20 November 1947. It was published originally in Mike Schaffer & Brian Solomon's 1997 book entitled "Pennsylvania Railroad," page 22. Photo Caption: "The engine crew of this Class L 2-8-2 appear to be as interested in the group of photographers as the photographers are in capturing the crew's engine, the 1487, slugging through Horseshoe Curve on November 20, 1947." Shown here is Pennsylvania Railroad engine #1487, an L-1S (2-8-2) "Mikado" built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works during January of 1917 and retired in October of 1956.
Photo Date:  11/20/1947  Upload Date: 9/26/2017 2:40:27 AM
Location:  ALTOONA (HORSESHOE CURVE), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Steam
Locomotives:  PRR 1487(2-8-2)
Views:  715   Comments: 0
PRR "Triple-Header," 1948
Title:  PRR "Triple-Header," 1948
Description:  AHC. Here is a photo by Mr. Bruce D. Fales that was taken at the Horseshoe Curve near Altoona, Pennsylvania, during July of 1948. It was published originally in Mike Schaffer & Brian Solomon's 1997 book entitled "Pennsylvania Railroad," page 22. Photo Caption: "Nearly all freights making the westbound climb out of Altoona were (and still are) assisted by a set of helper locomotives pushing at the hind end of the train. On this day in July 1948, no less than three locomotives ~ two of them running in reverse ~ help a freight achieve the summit." Visible on the left is Pennsylvania Railroad N-5 cabin car #477630.
Photo Date:  7/4/1948  Upload Date: 9/26/2017 2:42:24 AM
Location:  ALTOONA (HORSESHOE CURVE), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  RollingStock,Steam
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Views:  629   Comments: 3
PRR 4162, L-1S, c. 1948
Title:  PRR 4162, L-1S, c. 1948
Description:  AHC. Here is a photo by Mr. Ray E. Tobey that was taken at the Pennsylvania Railroad's Horseshoe Curve near Altoona, Pennsylvania, c. 1948. Shown here (L to R) are PRR engines #4162, #5853, and another E-7A whose number is not recorded. #4162 is an L-1S (2-8-2) "Mikado" built in Juniata during September of 1917 and retired in June of 1949. #5853 is an EP-20 built by GM-EMD in September of 1947 and rated at 2,000 horsepower. (As such, this photo was taken sometime between September of 1947 and June of 1949.) They're rockin' 'n' rollin' around the Curve with train #25, the westbound "Metropolitan."
Photo Date:  8/15/1948  Upload Date: 2/15/2019 9:20:41 AM
Location:  ALTOONA (HORSESHOE CURVE), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Steam,Passenger
Locomotives:  PRR 4162(2-8-2) PRR 5853(E7A)
Views:  289   Comments: 0
PRR 6154, J-1, c. 1948
Title:  PRR 6154, J-1, c. 1948
Description:  AHC. Here is a duplicate 35mm color slide by an unidentified photographer that was taken at the Horseshoe Curve near Altoona, Pennsylvania, c. 1948. Shown here is Pennsylvania Railroad engine #6154, a J-1 (2-10-4) "Texas" built in Juniata during December of 1943 and retired in April of 1959 after just 16 years of revenue service. Note that it is pushing this train up the Allegheny Mountains while in reverse! Partially visible to the left of the N-5 cabin car are at least two more helper engines: a pair of Baldwin "Centipedes." The date is an approximation. This photo comes from a slide set that's produced and distributed by FJC Products of Newport, DE.
Photo Date:  9/22/1948  Upload Date: 5/24/2018 4:13:22 AM
Location:  ALTOONA (HORSESHOE CURVE), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Steam
Locomotives:  PRR 6154(2-10-4)
Views:  754   Comments: 0
PRR 4554, I-1SA, 1949
Title:  PRR 4554, I-1SA, 1949
Description:  AHC. Here is a duplicate 35mm color slide of a photo by Mr. Al Bubb that was taken at the Horseshoe Curve near Altoona, Pennsylvania, on 5 June 1949. Shown here is Pennsylvania Railroad engine #4554, an I-1SA (2-10-0) "Decapod" built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works as an I-1S during 1923, rebuilt in Juniata as an I-1SA in September of 1944, and retired in September of 1956 after 33 years of service. It's rounding the Curve with a mixed-cargo freight train on its way down the Allegheny Mountains to the eastbound receiving yards in Altoona.
Photo Date:  6/5/1949  Upload Date: 11/15/2019 1:34:23 AM
Location:  ALTOONA (HORSESHOE CURVE), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Steam
Locomotives:  PRR 4554(2-10-0)
Views:  195   Comments: 0
PRR 5858, EP-20, 1949
Title:  PRR 5858, EP-20, 1949
Description:  AHC. Here is a duplicate 35mm color slide by an unidentified photographer that was taken at the Horseshoe Curve near Altoona, Pennsylvania, on 5 June 1949. Shown here (R to L) are Pennsylvania Railroad engines #5858 and a "B" unit whose number is not recorded. Both are EP-20's built by GM-EMD and rated at 2,000 horsepwer each. #5858 was built in February of 1948 and retired in March of 1967 after just 19 years of revenue service. They are pulling a passenger train down the Allegheny Mountains and around the Curve on their way to Altoona, Harrisburg, and points East. This photo comes from a slide set distributed by Marlo Industries of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Photo Date:  6/5/1949  Upload Date: 2/7/2018 8:24:21 PM
Location:  ALTOONA (HORSESHOE CURVE), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Passenger
Locomotives:  PRR 5858(E7A)
Views:  460   Comments: 0
PRR 9518, EH-15, 1949
Title:  PRR 9518, EH-15, 1949
Description:  AHC. Here is a duplicate 35mm color slide via Al Chione that was taken at the Horseshoe Curve near Altoona, Pennsylvania, on 5 June 1949. The photographer is not identified. Shown here (L to R) are Pennsylvania Railroad engines #9518 and two more "EH" Class units whose numbers are not recorded. All were built by GM-EMD and rated at 1,500 horsepower each. #9518 was built as an EH-15 January of 1948, later regeared and reclassified as an EF-15, and retired in December of 1962 after just 14 years of revenue service. Looks to me like they're running light up "The Mountain" on Track 1.
Photo Date:  6/5/1949  Upload Date: 9/4/2019 4:14:05 PM
Location:  ALTOONA (HORSESHOE CURVE), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories: 
Locomotives:  PRR 9518(F3A)
Views:  185   Comments: 0
PRR 9684, EH-15, 1949
Title:  PRR 9684, EH-15, 1949
Description:  AHC. Here is a duplicate 35mm color slide via Al Chione that was taken at the Pennsylvania Railroad's Horseshoe Curve near Altoona, Pennsylvania, on 5 June 1949. The photographer is not identified. Shown here (R to L) are Pennsylvania Railroad engines #9684 and two more "EH" Class units whose numbers are not recorded. All are EH-15's built by GM-EMD and rated at 1,500 horsepower each. #9684 was constructed as an EH-15 in February of 1949, later regeared and reclassified as an EF-15A, and retired in December of 1966 after just 17 years of revenue service. In this context, this A-B-A trio is rounding the Curve on its way down the Allegheny Mountains to Altoona where it'll await yet another helper/pusher run up "The Mountain." Visible at the far left is Milepost 242. ("PrrFan18n" #4 of )
Photo Date:  6/5/1949  Upload Date: 2/17/2021 10:15:02 PM
Location:  ALTOONA (HORSESHOE CURVE), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories: 
Locomotives:  PRR 9684(F3A)
Views:  39   Comments: 0
PRR 9685, EH-15, 1949
Title:  PRR 9685, EH-15, 1949
Description:  AHC. Here is a duplicate 35mm color slide via Al Chione that was taken at the Horseshoe Curve near Altoona, Pennsylvania, on 5 June 1949. The photographer is not identified. Shown here (R to L) are Pennsylvania Railroad engines #9685 and two more "F" Class units whose numbers are not recorded. All were built by GM-EMD and rated at 1,500 horsepower each. #9685 is an EH-15 built in February of 1949 and later regeared and reclassified as an EF-15A. This A-B-A trio is pushing a mixed-cargo freight train around the Curve and up the Allegheny Mountains to Gallitzin, where they will uncouple and return to East Altoona for yet another helper run up "The Mountain." The number of the N-5C cabin car is not recorded.
Photo Date:  6/5/1949  Upload Date: 2/10/2019 6:17:01 PM
Location:  ALTOONA (HORSESHOE CURVE), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories: 
Locomotives:  PRR 9685(F3A)
Views:  244   Comments: 1
PRR 9687, EH-15, 1949
Title:  PRR 9687, EH-15, 1949
Description:  AHC. Here is a duplicate 35mm color slide via Al Chione that was taken at the Pennsylvania Railroad's Horseshoe Curve near Altoona, Pennsylvania, on 5 June 1949. The photographer is not identified. Shown here (L to R) are Pennsylvania Railroad engines #9687 and two more "EH" Class units whose numbers are not recorded. All are EH-15's built by GM-EMD and rated at 1,500 horsepower each. #9687 was constructed as an EH-15 in February of 1949, later regeared and reclassified as an EF-15A, and retired in October of 1969 after just 18 years of revenue service. In this context, this A-B-A trio is rounding the Curve on its way down the Allegheny Mountains to East Altoona where it'll await yet another helper/pusher run up "The Mountain." Wave to the Fireman! ("PrrFan18n" #2 of )
Photo Date:  6/5/1949  Upload Date: 1/17/2021 7:09:08 AM
Location:  ALTOONA (HORSESHOE CURVE), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories: 
Locomotives:  PRR 9687(F3A)
Views:  56   Comments: 0
PRR 9692, EH-15, 1949
Title:  PRR 9692, EH-15, 1949
Description:  AHC. Here is a duplicate 35mm color slide via Al Chione that was taken at the Horseshoe Curve near Altoona, Pennsylvania, on 5 June 1949. The photographer is not identified. Shown here (R to L) are Pennsylvania Railroad engines #9692, an unidentified "F" Class B-unit, and #9693. All were built by GM-EMD and rated at 1,500 horsepower each. #9692 and #9693 are EH-15's built in April of 1949, and later regeared and reclassified as EF-15A's. This A-B-A trio is pushing a freight train around the Curve and up the Allegheny Mountains to Gallitzin, where they will uncouple and return to East Altoona for yet another helper run up "The Mountain." The number of the N-5 cabin car is not recorded.
Photo Date:  6/5/1949  Upload Date: 5/12/2019 6:32:27 PM
Location:  ALTOONA (HORSESHOE CURVE), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories: 
Locomotives:  PRR 9692(F7A) PRR 9693(F7A)
Views:  169   Comments: 2
PRR 5756, AP-20, c. 1949
Title:  PRR 5756, AP-20, c. 1949
Description:  AHC. Here is a duplicate 35mm color slide via Al Chione that was taken at the Horseshoe Curve near Altoona, Pennsylvania, c. 1949. The photographer is not identified. Shown here (R to L) are Pennsylvania Railroad engines #5756 and two more units whose numbers are not recorded. All are AP-20's built by the American Locomotive Company and rated at 2,000 horsepower each. #5756 was constructed in November of 1947, later regeared for freight service and reclassified as an AFP-20, and retired in September of 1962 after just 15 years of revenue service. They are pulling a passenger train down the Allegheny Mountains and around the Curve on their way to Altoona, Harrisburg, and points East. The date is an approximation.
Photo Date:  8/15/1949  Upload Date: 1/1/2019 11:01:38 AM
Location:  ALTOONA (HORSESHOE CURVE), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Passenger
Locomotives:  PRR 5756(PA1)
Views:  564   Comments: 0
PRR 5848, EP-20, c. 1949
Title:  PRR 5848, EP-20, c. 1949
Description:  AHC. Here is a duplicate 35mm color slide via Al Chione that was taken at the Horseshoe Curve near Altoona, Pennsylvania, c. 1949. The photographer is not identified. Shown here (R to L) are Pennsylvania Railroad engines #5848 and a "B" unit whose number is not recorded. Both are EP-20's built by GM-EMD and rated at 2,000 horsepower each. #5848 was built during August of 1947. They are pulling a passenger train down the Allegheny Mountains and around the Curve on their way to Altoona, Harrisburg, and points East. The date is an approximation.
Photo Date:  8/15/1949  Upload Date: 11/28/2018 2:20:58 AM
Location:  ALTOONA (HORSESHOE CURVE), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Passenger
Locomotives:  PRR 5848(E7A)
Views:  354   Comments: 0
PRR 9557, EF-15, c. 1949
Title:  PRR 9557, EF-15, c. 1949
Description:  AHC. Here is a duplicate 35mm color slide via Al Chione that was taken at the Horseshoe Curve near Altoona, Pennsylvania, c. 1949. The photographer's name and the date are not recorded. Shown here (R to L) are Pennsylvania Railroad engines #9557 and two more "EF" Class units whose numbers are not recorded. All were built by GM-EMD and rated at 1,500 horespower each. #9557 is an EF-15 built in September of 1948 and retired in May of 1966 after just 18 years of revenue service.
Photo Date:  8/15/1949  Upload Date: 4/17/2019 7:43:57 PM
Location:  ALTOONA (HORSESHOE CURVE), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories: 
Locomotives:  PRR 9557(F3A)
Views:  193   Comments: 1
PRR 8185, H-10S, c. 1950
Title:  PRR 8185, H-10S, c. 1950
Description:  AHC. Here is a duplicate 35mm color slide via Al Chione that was taken at the Horseshoe Curve near Altoona, Pennsylvania, perhaps in 1950. The photographer is not identified. Visible on the right is Pennsylvania Railroad engine #8185, an H-10S (2-8-0) "Consilidated" built by the American Locomotive Company during April of 1916 and retired in August of 1955 after 39 years of faithful service. In this context, it's attending a work crew that's either laying-down new cross ties or picking-up old ones. Also notable are the Lines West-style tender, Signal Bridge #2416, two venerable water plugs, and a small portion of Brush Mountain in the distance. (SFM)
Photo Date:  8/15/1950  Upload Date: 9/26/2018 1:58:16 AM
Location:  ALTOONA (HORSESHOE CURVE), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Steam,Signal
Locomotives:  PRR 8185(2-8-0)
Views:  490   Comments: 1
PRR 9691, EH-15, 1950
Title:  PRR 9691, EH-15, 1950
Description:  AHC. Here is a duplicate 35mm color slide via Al Chione that was taken at the Horseshoe Curve near Altoona, Pennsylvania, on 21 August 1950. The photographer is not identified. Shown here (L to R) are Pennsylvania Railroad engines #9691 and two more units whose road numbers are not recorded. All were built by GM-EMD and rated at 1,500 horsepower each. #9691 is an EH-15 constructed in April of 1949, later rebuilt as an EF-15A, and retired in February of 1967 after just 18 years of revenue service. This A-B-A trio is rounding the Curve on its way down the Allegheny Mountains to East Altoona where it'll await yet another helper/pusher run up "The Mountain." ("PrrFan18n" #6 of )
Photo Date:  8/21/1950  Upload Date: 4/1/2021 8:10:24 AM
Location:  ALTOONA (HORSESHOE CURVE), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
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Locomotives:  PRR 9691(F7A)
Views:  31   Comments: 0
PRR 4673, I-1SA, 1951
Title:  PRR 4673, I-1SA, 1951
Description:  AHC. Here is a duplicate 35mm color slide via Al Chione that was taken at the Horseshoe Curve near Altoona, Pennsylvania, on 13 August 1951. The photographer is not identified. Shown here is Pennsylvania Railroad engine #4673, an I-1SA (2-10-0) "Decapod" built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works as an I-1S during November of 1923, rebuilt in Juniata as an I-1SA in July of 1941, and retired in August of 1956 after 33 years' service. Looks to me like it's pulling a ballast-cleaning train while on Track #3.
Photo Date:  8/13/1951  Upload Date: 9/1/2018 7:21:08 PM
Location:  ALTOONA (HORSESHOE CURVE), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Steam,Signal
Locomotives:  PRR 4673(2-10-0)
Views:  395   Comments: 0
PRR 6161, J-1, 1951
Title:  PRR 6161, J-1, 1951
Description:  AHC. Here is a duplicate 35mm color slide via Al Chione that was taken at the Horseshoe Curve near Altoona, Pennsylvania, on 13 August 1951. The photographer is not identified. Shown here is Pennsylvania Railroad engine #6161, a J-1 (2-10-4) "Texas" built in Juniata during 1944 and retired in April of 1959 after just 15 years of revenue service. It is pulling a mixed cargo freight train around the Curve on its way down the Allegheny Mountains to Altoona and points East.
Photo Date:  8/13/1951  Upload Date: 12/6/2017 7:05:17 PM
Location:  ALTOONA (HORSESHOE CURVE), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Steam
Locomotives:  PRR 6161(2-10-4)
Views:  933   Comments: 1
PRR 6409, J-1A, c. 1951
Title:  PRR 6409, J-1A, c. 1951
Description:  AHC. Here is a duplicate 35mm color slide via Al Chione that was taken at the Horseshoe Curve near Altoona, Pennsylvania, perhaps in 1951. The photographer is not identified. Shown here is Pennsylvania Railroad engine #6409, a J-1A (2-10-4) "Texas" built in Juniata during June of 1943 and retired in August of 1958 after just 15 years of revenue service. It's passing under Signal Bridge #2416, and is about to round the Curve with a mixed-cargo freight train on its way up the Allegheny Mountains to Gallitzin and points West. Note that the "Dog House" is occupied!
Photo Date:  8/13/1951  Upload Date: 3/16/2019 2:31:59 AM
Location:  ALTOONA (HORSESHOE CURVE), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Steam,Signal
Locomotives:  PRR 6409(2-10-4)
Views:  338   Comments: 1
PRR 9811, EF-15A, c. 1951
Title:  PRR 9811, EF-15A, c. 1951
Description:  AHC. Here is a duplicate 35mm color slide via Al Chione that was taken at the Horseshoe Curve near Altoona, Pennsylvania, perhaps during 1951. Shown here (L to R) are Pennsylvania Railroad engines #9811 and two more "EF" Class units whose numbers are not recorded. All were built by GM-EMD and rated at 1,500 horsepower each. #9811 was built in April of 1951. In this context, they are pulling a mixed-cargo freight train that's about to round the Curve on its way up the Allegheny Mountains to Gallitzin and points West. The photographer's name and the date are not recorded.
Photo Date:  8/14/1951  Upload Date: 3/27/2019 2:44:56 PM
Location:  ALTOONA (HORSESHOE CURVE), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Signal
Locomotives:  PRR 9811(F7A)
Views:  167   Comments: 1
PRR EH-15's, c. 1951
Title:  PRR EH-15's, c. 1951
Description:  AHC. Here is a duplicate 35mm color slide via Al Chione that was taken at the Horseshoe Curve near Altoona, Pennsylvania, perhaps during 1951. Shown here is an unidentified A-B-A trio of EH-15 locomotives built by GM-EMD and rated at 1,500 horsepower each. In this context, they are pushing a freight train that's rounding the Curve on its way up the Allegheny Mountains to Gallitzin, where they will uncouple and return to East Altoona for yet another helper/pusher run up "The Mountain." The photographer's name, the date, and the number of the N-5 cabin car are not recorded.
Photo Date:  8/14/1951  Upload Date: 11/28/2018 2:23:48 AM
Location:  ALTOONA (HORSESHOE CURVE), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories: 
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Views:  213   Comments: 0
PRR 6446, J-1, #1 of 2, 1951
Title:  PRR 6446, J-1, #1 of 2, 1951
Description:  AHC. Here is the first of two successive duplicate 35mm color slides by an unidentified photographer that were taken at the Horseshoe Curve near Altoona, Pennsylvania, on 13 September 1951. Shown here is Pennsylvania Railroad engine #6446, a J-1 (2-10-4) "Texas" built in Juniata during November of 1943 and retired in February of 1960 after just 17 years of revenue service. In this context, it's serving as a pusher for a freight train that's rounding the Curve on its way up the Allegheny Mountains to Gallitzin, where it will uncouple and return to East Altoona for yet another helper/pusher run up "The Mountain." Also visible are N-5 cabin car #477634 and Signal Bridge #2416.
Photo Date:  9/13/1951  Upload Date: 7/17/2019 2:08:07 AM
Location:  ALTOONA (HORSESHOE CURVE), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  RollingStock,Steam,Signal
Locomotives:  PRR 6446(2-10-4)
Views:  292   Comments: 1
PRR 6446, J-1, #2 of 2, 1951
Title:  PRR 6446, J-1, #2 of 2, 1951
Description:  AHC. Here is the second of two successive duplicate 35mm color slides by an unidentified photographer that were taken at the Horseshoe Curve near Altoona, Pennsylvania, on 13 September 1951. Shown here is Pennsylvania Railroad engine #6446, a J-1 (2-10-4) "Texas" built in Juniata during November of 1943 and retired in February of 1960 after just 17 years of revenue service. In this context, it's serving as a pusher for a freight train that's rounding the Curve on its way up the Allegheny Mountains to Gallitzin, where it will uncouple and return to East Altoona for yet another helper/pusher run up "The Mountain." Also visible is N-5 cabin car #477634.
Photo Date:  9/13/1951  Upload Date: 10/3/2018 7:03:40 PM
Location:  ALTOONA (HORSESHOE CURVE), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  RollingStock,Steam
Locomotives:  PRR 6446(2-10-4)
Views:  327   Comments: 0
Ayers' Family Fun, 1952
Title:  Ayers' Family Fun, 1952
Description:  AHC. Seated on the base of the old flagpole are four members of the Ayers Family of Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania. Facing the camera (L to R) are Nancy Virginia, Lois Rachel, James Lloyd, and Thomas Carl. This photo was taken at the Pennsylvania Railroad's Horseshoe Curve ~ near Altoona, Pennsylvania ~ during the Summer of 1952. In the background, an A-B-A trio of GM-EMD EH-15 helper engines drifts back down to Altoona to pick-up another train to pull or push up the Allegheny Mountains. Photo taken by Lloyd Roberts Ayers, my father.
Photo Date:  8/15/1952  Upload Date: 5/4/2017 6:04:43 PM
Location:  ALTOONA (HORSESHOE CURVE), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories: 
Locomotives: 
Views:  583   Comments: 0
PRR 9794, EF-15A, c. 1952
Title:  PRR 9794, EF-15A, c. 1952
Description:  AHC. Here is a duplicate 35mm color slide via Al Chione. Shown here (L to R) are Pennsylvania Railroad engines #9794 and two more "EF" Class units whose numbers are not recorded. All were built by GM-EMD and rated at 1,500 horsepower each. #9794 is an EF-15A built in March of 1951. The photographer's name, the date, and the location are not recorded.
Photo Date:  8/15/1952  Upload Date: 2/1/2019 2:29:51 AM
Location:  ALTOONA (HORSESHOE CURVE), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
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Locomotives:  PRR 9794(F7A)
Views:  268   Comments: 1
PRR 6402, J-1A, 1952
Title:  PRR 6402, J-1A, 1952
Description:  AHC. Here is a duplicate 35mm color slide (converted to B&W) of a photo by Mr. Marvin H. Cohen that was taken at the Horseshoe Curve near Altoona, Pennsylvania, sometime in 1952. Shown here (R to L) are Pennsylvania Railroad engines #6402 and another "J" Class locomotive whose number is not recorded. #6402 is a J-1A (2-10-4) "Texas" built in Juniata during June of 1943 and retired in April of 1958 after just 15 years of service. Produced and distributed by Audio-Visual Designs; 70026C. (SFM)
Photo Date:  9/22/1952  Upload Date: 1/29/2019 12:18:18 PM
Location:  ALTOONA (HORSESHOE CURVE), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Steam
Locomotives:  PRR 6402(2-10-4)
Views:  223   Comments: 0
PRR 6407, J-1A, 1952
Title:  PRR 6407, J-1A, 1952
Description:  AHC. Here is a photo by Mr. Robert F. Collins. It was published as the frontice piece in Frederick A. Kramer's booklet entitled "Horseshoe Curve Remembered." Photo Caption: "For a hundred years, smoke and cinders poured forth over Horseshoe Curve. By October 12th of 1952, even as the economics of diesel power doomed the steam locomotive, the halls of Kittanning Point continued to be awakened by the exhaust of big steam power. No. 6407, a Class J 2-10-4 Texas type locomotive, marched along beneath Jack Frost's handiwork." Shown here is Pennsylvania Railroad engine #6407, a J-1A (2-10-4) "Texas" built in Juniata during June of 1943 and retired in August of 1958 after just 15 years of revenue service.
Photo Date:  10/12/1952  Upload Date: 10/20/2017 8:01:21 PM
Location:  ALTOONA (HORSESHOE CURVE), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Steam
Locomotives:  PRR 6407(2-10-4)
Views:  657   Comments: 0
PRR "East- & Westbound Action," 1953
Title:  PRR "East- & Westbound Action," 1953
Description:  AHC. Here is a duplicate 35mm color slide by an unidentified photographer that was taken at the Horseshoe Curve near Altoona, Pennsylvania, during the Summer of 1953. At the right, a Class "J" (2-10-4) "Texas" and a pair of "AF" Class diesels head an eastbound freight down the Allegheny Mountains to Altoona. At the same time, a pair of "EF" Class diesels head a freight rounding the Curve on its way up "The Mountain" to Gallitzin and points West. Kittanning Mountain dominates the distance.
Photo Date:  8/15/1953  Upload Date: 3/3/2021 11:29:30 PM
Location:  ALTOONA (HORSESHOE CURVE), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Steam
Locomotives: 
Views:  35   Comments: 0
PRR 9548, EF-15A, 1953
Title:  PRR 9548, EF-15A, 1953
Description:  AHC. Here is a duplicate 35mm color slide of a photo by Mr. Robert R. Malinoski that was taken at the Horseshoe Curve near Altoona, Pennsylvania, on 11 September 1953. Shown here (L to R) are Pennsylvania Railroad engines #9548, #9548-B, and #9549. All were built by GM-EMD as EH-15's in November of 1948, rated at 1,500 horsepower each, and later regeared and reclassified as EF-15A's. In this context, they're rounding the Curve with a mixed-cargo freight train on its way to Altoona and points East. ("PrrFan18n" #1 of )
Photo Date:  9/11/1953  Upload Date: 11/5/2020 8:13:05 PM
Location:  ALTOONA (HORSESHOE CURVE), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories: 
Locomotives:  PRR 9548(F3A) PRR 9548-B(F3B) PRR 9549(F3A)
Views:  89   Comments: 0
PRR 2017, BF-16, 1955
Title:  PRR 2017, BF-16, 1955
Description:  AHC. Here is a duplicate 35mm color slide via Al Chione that was taken at the Horseshoe Curve near Altoona, Pennsylvania, on 16 January 1955. The photographer is not identified. Shown here (L to R) are Pennsylvania Railroad engines #2017 and two Shark "B" units whose numbers are not recorded. All were built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works. #2017 is a BF-16 built in March of 1952, rated at 1,600 horsepower, and retired in January of 1967. This A-B-B trio is pulling a mixed-cargo freight train around the Horseshoe Curve on their way up the Allegheny Moutains to Gallitzin and points West.
Photo Date:  1/16/1955  Upload Date: 3/3/2019 3:23:47 PM
Location:  ALTOONA (HORSESHOE CURVE), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Winter
Locomotives:  PRR 2017(RF-16A)
Views:  263   Comments: 0
PRR "Eastbound Coal Train," 1955
Title:  PRR "Eastbound Coal Train," 1955
Description:  AHC. Here is a duplicate 35mm color slide by an unidentified photographer that was taken at the Horseshoe Curve near Altoona, Pennsylvania, on 13 October 1955. Prominent here is a Pennsylvania Railroad coal train as it rounds the Curve on its way down the Allegheny Mountains to the Eastbound Receiving Yard in Altoona. On the far side are its three GM-EMD "F" Class locomotives. On the near side is PRR N-5 cabin car #477630, with a crew member on the rear porch inspecting his train.
Photo Date:  10/13/1955  Upload Date: 7/6/2018 5:11:08 PM
Location:  ALTOONA (HORSESHOE CURVE), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  RollingStock,Signal
Locomotives: 
Views:  252   Comments: 1
PRR 8852, AS-16MS, c. 1955
Title:  PRR 8852, AS-16MS, c. 1955
Description:  AHC. Here is a duplicate 35mm color slide by an unidentified photographer that was taken at the Horseshoe Curve near Altoona, Pennsylvania, c. 1955. Shown here (R to L) are Pennsylvania Railroad engines #8852 and at least two GM-EMD "E" Class passenger units whose numbers are not recorded. #8852 is an AS-16MS built by the American Locomotive Company in January of 1952 and rated at 1,600 horsepower. It is helping to pull a mail and express train around the Curve and up the Allegheny Mountains to Gallitzin, Pittsburgh, and points West. The date is an approximation.
Photo Date:  10/13/1955  Upload Date: 2/16/2018 8:51:32 AM
Location:  ALTOONA (HORSESHOE CURVE), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Passenger
Locomotives:  PRR 8852(RS3)
Views:  366   Comments: 1
PRR 1000, Aerotrain, 1956
Title:  PRR 1000, Aerotrain, 1956
Description:  AHC. Here is an original 35mm color slide that was taken at the Pennsylvania Railroad's Horseshoe Curve near Altoona, Pennsylvania, during May of 1956. Shown here is the PRR's "Aerotrain" ~ built by General Motors during July of 1955 ~ on its daily roundtrip journey from New York City to Pittsburgh and back . . . only this time, it meets a pair of "Centipedes" returning to East Altoona to make yet another helper/pusher run up "The Mountain." The photographer's name and the exact date are not recorded.
Photo Date:  9/22/1956  Upload Date: 3/16/2019 2:29:35 AM
Location:  ALTOONA (HORSESHOE CURVE), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Passenger
Locomotives:  PRR 1000(LWT-12)
Views:  263   Comments: 1
PRR 5826, BH-50, 1956
Title:  PRR 5826, BH-50, 1956
Description:  AHC. Here is a duplicate 35mm color slide via Al Chione that was taken at the Pennsylvania Railroad's Horseshoe Curve near Altoona, Pennsylvania, on 11 November 1956. The photographer is not identified. Shown here (R to L) are Pennsylvania Railroad engines #5826 and another "Centipede" whose road number is not recorded. Both are BH-50's built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works as BP-60 passenger engines rated at 3,000 horsepower each, and later regeared and reclassified as 2,250 horsepower BH-50's for freight and helper service only. #5826 was constructed in September of 1948 and retired in September of 1962 after just 14 years of revenue service. In this context, they're rounding the Curve on their way down the Allegheny Mountains to Altoona where they'll await another helper/pusher run up "The Mountain." ("PrrFan18n" #3 of )
Photo Date:  11/11/1956  Upload Date: 1/27/2021 12:17:48 AM
Location:  ALTOONA (HORSESHOE CURVE), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories: 
Locomotives:  PRR 5826(DR12-8-1500/2)
Views:  61   Comments: 0
PRR 9473, FP-20A, c. 1957
Title:  PRR 9473, FP-20A, c. 1957
Description:  AHC. Here is a photo that was taken at the Horseshoe Curve near Altoona, Pennsylvania. Shown here (R to L) are Pennsylvania Railroad engines #9473 and another unit whose number is not recorded. Both were built by Fairbanks-Morse and rated at 2,000 horsepower each. #9473 is an FP-20A built in June of 1948 and retired in September of 1962 after just 14 years of revenue service. In this context, they're pulling a fully-loaded mineral train down the Allegheny Mountains and around the Curve on its way to the Eastbound Receiving Yards in Altoona. The photographer's name and the date are not recorded.
Photo Date:  8/15/1957  Upload Date: 8/3/2020 4:27:32 PM
Location:  ALTOONA (HORSESHOE CURVE), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories: 
Locomotives:  PRR 9473(ERIE-A)
Views:  94   Comments: 0
PRR 9815, EF-15A, 1958
Title:  PRR 9815, EF-15A, 1958
Description:  AHC. Here is a photo that was published originally in the Pennsylvania Railroad Company's 112th Annual Report for the Year Ending 31 December 1958, page 12. The photographer's name and the date are not specified. Photo Caption: "PRR TrucTrains now carry trailers for individual shippers, common carrier truckers, and for our own complete service." Shown here (R to L) are PRR engines #9815 and two more F-Class units whose numbers are not recorded. All were built by GM-EMD and rated at 1,500 horsepower each. #9815 was built in 1951 and retired in November of 1966. They are pulling a TrucTrain around the Horseshoe Curve and up the Allegheny Mountains to Gallitzin and points West.
Photo Date:  12/21/1958  Upload Date: 4/11/2018 3:37:08 AM
Location:  ALTOONA (HORSESHOE CURVE), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  PRR 9815(F7A)
Views:  223   Comments: 0
PRR 1361, K-4S, 1959
Title:  PRR 1361, K-4S, 1959
Description:  AHC. Here is an original photo that I took at the Pennsylvania Railroad's Horseshoe Curve near Altoona, Pennsylvania, during August of 1959. Shown here is PRR engine #1361, a K-4S (4-6-2) "Pacific" built during 1918 and retired in May of 1956. Those were the good old days when women wore heels, skirts, and earings to the Curve!
Photo Date:  8/15/1959  Upload Date: 4/29/2017 6:10:01 AM
Location:  ALTOONA (HORSESHOE CURVE), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Steam
Locomotives:  PRR 1361(4-6-2)
Views:  553   Comments: 0
PRR Westbound Freight, #1 of 3, 1959
Title:  PRR Westbound Freight, #1 of 3, 1959
Description:  AHC. Here is the first of three successive photos that I took at the Pennsylvania Railroad's Horseshoe Curve near Altoona, Pennsylvania, during the Summer of 1959. Shown here are five GM-EMD EFS-17M's pulling a merchandise freight train up the Allegheny Mountains to Gallitzin and points West. Bringing-up the rear are three ALCo "pushers."
Photo Date:  8/15/1959  Upload Date: 10/27/2016 1:58:04 AM
Location:  ALTOONA (HORSESHOE CURVE), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories: 
Locomotives: 
Views:  300   Comments: 0
PRR Eastbound Snappers, #2 of 3, 1959
Title:  PRR Eastbound Snappers, #2 of 3, 1959
Description:  AHC. Here is the second of three successive photos that I took at the Pennsylvania Railroad's Horseshoe Curve near Altoona, Pennsylvania, during the Summer of 1959. Shown here is an A-B-A trio of ALCo AF-16's. They are heading back to East Altoona after helping another freight train up the Allegheny Mountains to Gallitzin, where they uncoupled and headed back down the Alleghenies for yet another run up the Mountains. Also visible is a westbound merchandise freight train pulled by three EMD EFS-17M's and pushed by three ALCo AS-18AM's.
Photo Date:  8/15/1959  Upload Date: 10/27/2016 1:59:14 AM
Location:  ALTOONA (HORSESHOE CURVE), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories: 
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Views:  290   Comments: 0
PRR Westbound Pushers, #3 of 3, 1959
Title:  PRR Westbound Pushers, #3 of 3, 1959
Description:  AHC. Here is the third of three successive photos that I took at the Pennsylvania Railroad's Horseshoe Curve near Altoona, Pennsylvania, during the Summer of 1959. Shown here (L to R) are PRR engines #8678 and two more RSD-12's whose numbers are not recorded. All are ALCo AS-18AM's rated at 1,800 horsepower each. #8678 was built in April of 1958. They are pushing a merchandise freight train ~ headed by five EMD EFS-17M's ~ up the Allegheny Mountains to Gallitzin, where they will uncouple and return down the Alleghenies to East Altoona for yet another run up the Mountains and back.
Photo Date:  8/15/1959  Upload Date: 10/27/2016 2:00:20 AM
Location:  ALTOONA (HORSESHOE CURVE), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  PRR 8678(RSD12)
Views:  538   Comments: 0
PRR's Horseshoe Curve, c. 1959
Title:  PRR's Horseshoe Curve, c. 1959
Description:  AHC. Here is a duplicate 35mm color slide via Al Chione that was taken at the Pennsylvania Railroad's Horseshoe Curve near Altoona, Pennsylvania, perhaps during 1959. The photographer is not identified. Shown here are two Baldwin-built "Sharks" pulling a mixed-cargo freight train around the Curve and up the Allegheny Mountains to Gallitzin and points West. Also visible on the right is PRR engine #1361, a K-4S (4-6-2) "Pacific" built in Juniata during May of 1918, retired in September of 1956, enshrined at the Curve on 8 June 1957, and restored for excursion service in April of 1987.
Photo Date:  8/15/1959  Upload Date: 6/10/2018 3:08:02 AM
Location:  ALTOONA (HORSESHOE CURVE), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Steam
Locomotives:  PRR 1361(4-6-2)
Views:  784   Comments: 2
PRR 5878, EP-20, 1960
Title:  PRR 5878, EP-20, 1960
Description:  AHC. Here is a duplicate 35mm color slide via Al Chione that was taken at the Pennsylvania Railroad's Horseshoe Curve near Altoona, Pennsylvania, during March of 1960. The photographer is not identified. Shown here (L to R) are Pennsylvania Railroad engines #5878 and two more "EP" Class units whose numbers are not recorded. All were built by GM-EMD. #5878 is an EP-20 constructed in April of 1949 and rated at 2,000 horsepower. In this context, this A-B-A trio is rounding the Curve on its way down the Allegheny Mountains to the Altoona Passenger Station and points East. Also visible is PRR passenger coach #4004. ("PrrFan18n" #5 of )
Photo Date:  3/21/1960  Upload Date: 3/18/2021 11:39:35 AM
Location:  Gallitzin, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  RollingStock,Winter,Passenger
Locomotives:  PRR 5878(E7A)
Views:  48   Comments: 0
PRR 5899, EP-22, 1962
Title:  PRR 5899, EP-22, 1962
Description:  AHC. Here is an original photo by an unidentified photographer that was taken at the Horseshoe Curve near Altoona, Pennsylvania, on 8 April 1962. Shown here (R to L) are Pennsylvania Railroad engines #5899, #5810, and #5761. All are EP-22's built by GM-EMD and rated at 2,250 horsepower each. #5899 and #5810 were built in 1951, but #5761 was built in 1952. They are pulling a "Railfan Special to the Horseshoe Curve," sponsored by the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society. In this context, the "Special" is stopped at the Curve while the railfans inspect K-4S "Pacific" #1361.
Photo Date:  4/8/1962  Upload Date: 3/21/2019 8:47:45 PM
Location:  ALTOONA (HORSESHOE CURVE), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Passenger
Locomotives:  PRR 5899(E8A) PRR 5810(E8A) PRR 5761(E8A)
Views:  192   Comments: 2
PRR 8674, AS-18AM, 1963
Title:  PRR 8674, AS-18AM, 1963
Description:  AHC. Here is a duplicate 35mm color slide via Al Chione that was taken at the Pennsylvania Railroad's Horseshoe Curve near Altoona, Pennsylvania, during September of 1963. The photographer is not identified. Shown here (L to R) are Pennsylvania Railroad engines #8674 and #8675. Both are AS-18AM road switchers built by the American Locomotive Company in March of 1958 and rated at 1,800 horsepower each. In this context, they're pushing a freight train on its way up the Allegheny Mountains to Gallitzin, where they'll uncouple and return to East Altoona for yet another helper/pusher run up "The Mountain." ("PrrFan18n" #3 of )
Photo Date:  9/22/1963  Upload Date: 1/17/2021 7:10:54 AM
Location:  ALTOONA (HORSESHOE CURVE), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories: 
Locomotives:  PRR 8674(RSD12) PRR 8675(RSD12)
Views:  62   Comments: 0
PRR 7131, EFS-17M, 1963
Title:  PRR 7131, EFS-17M, 1963
Description:  AHC. Here is an original photo that I took at the Pennsylvania Railroad's Horseshoe Curve near Altoona, Pennsylvania, on 28 September 1963. Shown here (L to R) are PRR engines #7131, #7252, #2204, #2205, and #2220. All were built by GM-EMD. #7131 and #7252 are EFS-17M's rated at 1,750 horsepower each. #7131 was built in 1957, but #7252 was built in 1959. #2204, #2205, and #2220 are EF-22's built in 1963 and rated at 2,250 horsepower each. They are pulling a 56-car westbound merchandise freight up the Allegheny Mountains to Gallitzin and points West.
Photo Date:  9/28/1963  Upload Date: 8/12/2016 2:43:59 AM
Location:  ALTOONA (HORSESHOE CURVE), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Scenic
Locomotives:  PRR 7131(GP9) PRR 7252(GP9) PRR 2204(GP30) PRR 2205(GP30) PRR 2220(GP30)
Views:  948   Comments: 3
PRR 5807, EP-22, 1963
Title:  PRR 5807, EP-22, 1963
Description:  AHC. Here is an original photo that I took at the Pennsylvania Railroad's Horseshoe Curve near Altoona, Pennsylvania, on 28 September 1963. Shown here (L to R) are PRR engines #5807, #5704, #5857, and #5710. All were built by GM-EMD. #5807, #5704, and #5710 are EP-22's built in 1952 and rated at 2,250 horsepower each. #5857 is an EP-20 built in 1948 and rated at 2,000 horsepower. They are pulling a 50-car westbound mail/express train up the Allegheny Mountains to Gallitzin and points West.
Photo Date:  9/28/1963  Upload Date: 8/12/2016 2:57:23 AM
Location:  ALTOONA (HORSESHOE CURVE), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Scenic
Locomotives:  PRR 5807(E8A) PRR 5704(E8A) PRR 5857(E7A) PRR 5710(E8A)
Views:  1214   Comments: 4
PRR 5859, EP-20, 1964
Title:  PRR 5859, EP-20, 1964
Description:  AHC. Here is a duplicate 35mm color slide via Al Chione that was taken at the Horseshoe Curve near Altoona, Pennsylvania, on 5 June 1964. The photographer is not identified. Shown here (R to L) are Pennsylvania Railroad engines #5859, #5769, and two more units whose road numbers are not recorded. All were built by GM-EMD. #5859 is an EP-20 constructed in February of 1948 and rated at 2,000 horsepower, while #5769 is an EP-22 built in May of 1952 and rated at 2,250 horsepower.. In this context, this A-A-A-A quartet is rounding the Curve on its way down the Allegheny Mountains to Altoona and points East with a mail-express train. ("PrrFan18n" #7 of )
Photo Date:  6/5/1964  Upload Date: 4/1/2021 8:12:26 AM
Location:  ALTOONA (HORSESHOE CURVE), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories: 
Locomotives:  PRR 5859(E7A) PRR 5769(E8A)
Views:  38   Comments: 0
PRR 9454, FF-16, c. 1964
Title:  PRR 9454, FF-16, c. 1964
Description:  AHC. Here is a duplicate 35mm color slide that was taken at the Horseshoe Curve near Altoona, Pennsylvania, perhaps during 1964. Shown here (L to R) are Pennsylvania Railroad engines #9454 and two other units whose numbers are not recorded. #9654 is an FF-16 built by Fairbanks-Morse during September of 1950, rated at 1,600 horsepower, and retired in April of 1965. They are pulling a mixed-cargo freight train around the Curve on their way up the Allegheny Mountains to Gallitzin and points West. The photographer's name and the date are not recorded. Produced and distributed by FUC Productions.
Photo Date:  8/15/1964  Upload Date: 9/15/2018 8:14:56 PM
Location:  ALTOONA (HORSESHOE CURVE), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  PRR 9454(CFA16-4)
Views:  343   Comments: 0
PRR 9551, EF-15A, c. 1964
Title:  PRR 9551, EF-15A, c. 1964
Description:  AHC. Here is a duplicate 35mm color slide that was taken at the Horseshoe Curve near Altoona, Pennsylvania, perhaps during 1964. Shown here (R to L) are Pennsylvania Railroad engines #9551 and two more "EF" Class units whose numbers are not recorded. All were built by GM-EMD and rated at 1,500 horsepower each. #9551 is an EH-15 built in December of 1948, rebuilt later as an EF-15A, and retired in September of 1965 after just 17 years of revenue service. The photographer's name and the date are not recorded. Produced and distributed by the Hawk Mountain Chapter of the NRHS.
Photo Date:  8/15/1964  Upload Date: 7/24/2018 11:07:21 PM
Location:  ALTOONA (HORSESHOE CURVE), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories: 
Locomotives:  PRR 9551(F3A)
Views:  208   Comments: 0


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