Altoona Area Photos

PRR Era


Unknown Date
This very early photo shows an older ALTO tower and only 2 tracks going up the mountain. Note the stub switches!
Unknown photographer
An M1 on one of the East Altoona turntables sometime between 1930 and the end of steam.
PRR Photo
Enginehouse #3, at the 12th Street Car Shops, former Altoona Machine Shops. The building in the forground is the locomotive testplant.
PRR Photo
A scene at the Altoona Car Shops.
Here's a look inside the lobby of the Logan House Hotel not long before it was closed.
A train is stopped at the Logan House.
The Logan House.
The Logan House.
October 1934
PRR 1, an H6sb, is seen at the East Altoona yard.
PRR Photo
c 1935
PRR 7103, an H10s, has probably just been overhauled by the shop in this photo.
PRR Photo
March 1936
The westbound hump and Homer Tower looking west.
PRR Photo
June 1937
PRR 1223, a D16sb, has just been outshopped by the Juniata Shops.
PRR Photo
January 1938
This Baldwin-built I1sa has been be outshopped by the Juniata Shops after coming in as an I1s.
PRR Photo
October 1939
PRR 1187, an H3 built at the Altoona Machine Shops, has been restored by the Juniata Shops.
PRR Photo
c. 1940
An H9sc works the Altoona Yards at Red Bridge (8th Street).
Photo by Arlington J. Wolfe
An H9s works the yard at 8th Street.
Photo by Arlington J. Wolfe
An I1sa and M1a sit in the yard somewhere.
Photo by Arlington J. Wolfe
An I1sa is backing through the switches at Rose.
Photo by Arlington J. Wolfe
An H9s does some yard work on the north side of the main line near the passenger and freight stations.
Photo by Arlington J. Wolfe
An M1 and another engine stand ready in the yard.
Photo by Arlington J. Wolfe
A J1 and an I1sa shove with all their might on the rear of the westbound at the Horseshoe Curve.
Photo by Arlington J. Wolfe
November 1943
This scene at the East Altoona Enginehouse is taken from the coal wharf.
PRR Photo
July 1945
The Q1 has had its streamlining removed. I think it looks much better like this.
PRR Photo
1945 - 1953
A T1 sits at East Altoona with the westbound receiving yard in the background.
Collection of William Burket
December 1946
PRR 6200, the lone S2 turbine, has been outshopped by the Juniata Shops after the addition of Smoke deflectors.
PRR Photo
September 1951
The Erecting & Machine shop of the Juniata Shops with the passenger mains in the foreground.
Photo by John Dziobko, GodFatherRails.com
Looking east off the 8th Street bridge at Juniata.
Photo by John Dziobko, GodFatherRails.com
Looking east off the 8th Street bridge at Juniata toward the engine servicing area.
Photo by John Dziobko, GodFatherRails.com
Engine servicing area from the ground next to the passenger mains.
Photo by John Dziobko, GodFatherRails.com
A set of BP60 'centipedes' has a passenger train stopped at the Altoona station.
Photo by John Dziobko, GodFatherRails.com
July 1952
From the future Sheetz parking lot.
Photo by John Dziobko, GodFatherRails.com
A sad scene at the turntable at the Juniata Shops.
Photo by John Dziobko, GodFatherRails.com
A Fairbanks-Morse CF16A leads a train off the mountain and by the Altoona Car Shops.
Photo by John Dziobko, GodFatherRails.com
A set of Baldwin BH50 helpers at Works.
Photo by John Dziobko, GodFatherRails.com
An eastbound train with A-B-A Fairbanks-Morse CF16 units passes the BH50 helpers.
Photo by John Dziobko, GodFatherRails.com
A rare Baldwin centercab has some coal loads at the passenger station in downtown Altoona.
Photo by John Dziobko, GodFatherRails.com
This 0-6-0 is likely on its last legs. It may never have operated after this photo was taken.
Photo by John Dziobko, GodFatherRails.com
June 1953
PRR 436, an 0-6-0, is doing shop switcher duties in 1953.
Photo by John Dziobko, GodFatherRails.com
A view inside the 12th Street Shops in '53.
Photo by John Dziobko, GodFatherRails.com
This photo looks like it was taken from the 17th Street bridge. We're looking into the 12th Street Shops where the locomotive test plant was located.
Photo by John Dziobko, GodFatherRails.com
The original Rose Yard office was damaged by fire. In this photo it is being repaired. That's the old 8th Street bridge on the right.
Photo by John Dziobko, GodFatherRails.com
Here's a good wide view of the shops in Altoona that show the amount of smoke that hung in the air.
Photo by John Dziobko, GodFatherRails.com
In this photo I believe we're looking at the Altoona Car Shops. Note the passenger car seems to be fresh from the paintshop.
Photo by John Dziobko, GodFatherRails.com
Downtown Altoona. Below the pair of smoke stacks is the Altoona passenger station. There's a better photo if you scroll down.
Photo by John Dziobko, GodFatherRails.com
From the south end of the 8th Street bridge we have the eastbound class yard in the foreground. Note switchman is getting a ride from a speeder.
Photo by John Dziobko, GodFatherRails.com
Westbound freight by Alto Tower.
Photo by John Dziobko, GodFatherRails.com
Another view from the future Sheetz parking lot.
Photo by John Dziobko, GodFatherRails.com
July 1955
Several large PRR engines are getting coal under the East Altoona coal tipple.
Photo by John Dziobko, GodFatherRails.com
September 1955
Another great view of East Altoona from the coal wharf. It looks like a lot of the steam engines in this photo are out of use.
Photo by John Dziobko, GodFatherRails.com
Again from the coal wharf, A passenger track ducks under the westbound hump at MP 233. This tunnel was removed in the mid-1990s for the clearance project.
Photo by John Dziobko, GodFatherRails.com
An I1sa with the coal wharf in the background.
Photo by John Dziobko, GodFatherRails.com
This little B8a 0-6-0T was 50 years old when this photo was taken. PRR 2796 shifts the East Altoona Enginehouse.
Photo by John Dziobko, GodFatherRails.com
Some Baldwin Sharks at East Altoona.
Photo by John Dziobko, GodFatherRails.com
A couple US Army visitors with an E unit at East Altoona.
Photo by John Dziobko, GodFatherRails.com
PRR 9543 is an F3A at the old 17th Street bridge with East Altoona Roundhouse in the backgroun.
Photo by John Dziobko, GodFatherRails.com
PRR 4262 I1sa at East Altoona.
Photo by John Dziobko, GodFatherRails.com
PRR 4314 I1sa on the East Altoona roundhouse turntable.
Photo by John Dziobko, GodFatherRails.com
PRR 4678 I1sa at East Altoona.
Photo by John Dziobko, GodFatherRails.com
1955
The Aerotrain is westbound by SLOPE tower.
The Aerotrain is westbound at WORKS and passing the Altoona Car Shops.
July 1958
An L1s is the helper ahead of a T1 duplex with a passenger train at SF and about to enter the tunnels.

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