The Horseshoe Curve is Back!

The Horseshoe Curve is Back!

I'm in front of the microphone and Doug's in back of the camera and the last time we were here well you know where this is you are at the Horseshoe Curve and the last time we were here it looked a good bit different people were complaining for years that the effect the effect of the curve was lost by the trees and the foliage and now that's changed considerably this is the spring of 2016 and the guys have been working on the hillside here for about three or four weeks chopping chopping chopping or buzzing whatever and now you have the result and when we get up to the top you'll be able to see the big difference because then you will be able to see the full arc the full arc of the curve and it is really clear clear for camera shots and it hasn't it hasn't been this clear in 50 years this is really impressive well you can see the lads in back of me picking up the small branches they're feeding that stuff into a wood chipper and you can hear the wood chipper idling in the background and it looks to me like they have their work cut out for them if they're going to run if they're going to run all those chunks of wood through the chipper anyhow that contributes to the clearing getting the whole curve well not bare but pretty much looking like the Horseshoe Curve did years ago when people travelled miles I mean it was a it was a big big deal Horseshoe Curve it sort of faded when it got overgrown I think a lot of people are going to be visiting this year and they'll be visiting because the word we'll be out that you can get good shots all around the arc of the curve now especially from the top which we'll see I hope in a little while because the sweep is very very clear going to the top that's the silly thing to say yeah we're going we're going up the hill and here's a train on the curve you'll get a get a chance in a minute to see the improvement with the well with the trees gone and when we get to the top and you can see the full sweep what a difference what an improvement well I'm glad they have the switch set right here we'll be able in a while when we get the next westbound follow it right on around all the way around the curve we'll be able to see it all the way up to McKinley's and I have to say this is really a big big improvement over what we've had for the last 20 or 30 years unable to see the trains Oh from a real fan perspective this is great I guess if you're interested in growing timber it's not so great but boy nice view Oh well what do you think of your visit here it's fun it's awesome we're gonna be back good it'll be back well we have some guests here from the station in and from left to right it's Jean and Edie and Jo and Dan and we're just going to ask them stupid questions like what do you think about the tree-trimming the effects of the tree trimming and we'll start right here on my right effects of the tree trimming okay first of all it's always a pleasure to come up here but now with the trees trims you can actually see from one end of the curve to the other you can actually follow the train all the way around and I think it's wonderful it's been a long time coming but I'm glad they did it yeah same here this is our at least 13th year or seeing the curve and it's absolutely never been better it's fantastic Edie what do you think of the change it's been needed for a long time but it's great I've gotten results already that I'm absolutely wonderful Jean is an accompanying rail fan she's cheap but she's almost a hundred percent rail fan you've been here you've seen with the tree you never saw it grown up well it's quite different say good morning good morning first time here and I'm very impressed whoa whoopee that's great that's good you you

33 Replies to “The Horseshoe Curve is Back!”

  1. Those looked like de-watering wells on those flat cars. I have never seen them in bulk shipment, but have been on underground jobs where we were relying on there use.

  2. My guess this guy either had his lunch money stolen by a gang of trees or his wife ran off with one. This is full out revenge!!!!

  3. It has been many years since I have been there. I was born and raise in Hollidaysburgh Pa.. Many of my family had worked for the Pensylvania Railroad. My father and his brother, both grandfathers and many family friends. They all worked between the Period during WW 11 and shortly afterwards. I am very familiar with the Juniata Yards and the Berwin White Shops in Hollidaysburgh. I left the area in 1978 after graduation. Anyone visiting the area need to go to the Railroad Museum in Altoona to get a history lesson of the PRR and the Horseshoe Curve. You will be amazed of the wealth of information.

  4. Why not cut down all the trees and make it a desert. I see they missed alot they need to go back and maybe cut down the hills also and flatten the hill so they can see the trains better

  5. Great job hats off to you all from the California Mojave Desert, we are very near to the Tehachapi Loop here in Palmdale.

  6. Coming from UK we don’t have these type of lines and ‘mile long’ trains. On a long train around the curve with presumably 3or 4 loco’s, would they space them out along the train, ie. in middle and ends and front or just position them altogether. Excuse ignorance 😉😉 Thanks.

  7. There used to be 4-tracks up and down the curve in the old days,but I guess there are less Trains going over these tracks now maybe because Freight Cars are larger and carry almost twice as much,plus there are fewer Passenger Trains than, say there were in the late 1940's and early 1950's when I traveled up around the Curve starting at 8-years old. Maybe they should have also put-down Sod or Grass-Seed to stop Soil-Erosion.

  8. Man, what a sight it must've been to see this place live back when Pennsy decapods ruled the rails.

    Nothing today can compare to a heavy coal train being hauled by three or four big steamers.

  9. My wife and I are visiting the curve now…. Absolutely outstanding
    Well done..Love this country..
    And Pennsylvania 👍🇺🇸

  10. My dad used to take us kids the in the 40's and could see the whole horseshoe, did not have movie cameras then. In 1998 when we were there the had started a fund to pay to have all the trees removed and still have our receipts. We gave 20 a piece.

  11. Call me dense, but what is so remarkable of a grade that rises 122 ft. with a 1.8% slope? I must be missing some simple truth. Maybe the remarkableness is the fact that this rail line helped speed transportation across the Allegheny Mts.

  12. One of the cameras that the Virtual Railfan has established is of the horsehoe curve…have a decent set of views of trains…cams swivel to follow…

  13. I think interest in the curve didn't dwindle due to foliage, but due to the boring locos and cars today.. The penosh is gone from the rails; beautiful steam engines and early Pennsy diesel types pulling the old heavyweight pullmans and the freight cars with their colorful billboard paint schemes along with the then obligatory caboose punctuating the end of each show…I hate to be a naysayer, and you've done a nice video, but I don't think the removal of the trees and shrubs in the curve is not going to make any big difference…

  14. Before visiting the curve, check visitor center hours. It was closed the day we were there and you can't see squat nor can you find any place to legally park. VERY DISAPPOINTING

  15. HOW STUPID.  Trees can help stabilize the embankment.    People too lazy to walk?
    I remember the little building from the early 1960s.  What was its purpose?    Signal relays?

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