Where: Meet at Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site Visitor Center
Notes: Tour is free; reservations required. Call (814) 886-6150
Travel back in time with a Park Ranger on a free van tour of the historic route of the Allegheny Portage Railroad. This tour follows the entire route of the Portage Railroad from the canal basin in Hollidaysburg to the canal basin in Johnstown. Visitors will learn how this engineering marvel was built and hear the compelling stories of the men and women who built and operated what was the most important route westward from 1834 to 1857. In many places the route will follow the exact path of the old Portage Railroad. In addition, passengers will be driven past the Skew Arch Bridge, the reconstruction of Engine House No. 6, the historic Lemon House and several historic culverts. This free tour begins at 1:00 PM at the Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site Visitor Center. Space is limited to 12 people and reservations are required.