Horseshoe Curve . Norfolk Southern & AMTRAK . Watercolor . 12" x 16"
... The Horseshoe Curve, outside of Altoona, Pennsylvania was built by the Pennsylvania Railroad as part of a time savings route over the
Alleghany Mountains and completed in 1854 . The curve, with a diameter close to 1,300 feet, is part of a 12 mile, 1.8% grade climb to the top
of the northeastern side of the mountains. Ownership of this Pennsylvania Railroad Line, was transfered through merger to the Penn Central
Railroad in 1968, CONRAIL in 1976 and purchase by the Norfolk Southern Railway in 1999. AMTRAK also uses this east, west route.
... illustrated: a pair of eastbound Norfolk Southern GM-EMD, SD40-E diesel-electric locomotives, meet the westbound AMTRAK,
GE P42DC #68 passenger train. This watercolor was painted for a Bella Terra Maps publication.