Altoona Action is a hardcover book that features thirty years of railroading in and around the city of Altoona, Pennsylvania. Altoona Action presents brilliant color and black & white photography of the Pennsylvania Railroad, Penn Central and Conrail, taken between the mid-1960s and the mid-1990s. In addition to Altoona, the book covers Horseshoe Curve, Gallitzin, Cresson, Tyrone and Spruce Creek.
To complement the beautiful photographs, there are histories of Gallitzin and the long-forgotten industrial town of Bennington. You will also learn of two ways in which the Pennsylvania Railroad harnessed the power of the atom for their own use! Additionally, there are old and new maps of the area and excerpts from timetables.
At the end of the book is a complete index and bibliography which will come in handy for those who wish to research related topics. There is also a story written by a gentleman who came to Altoona to work for the P.R.R. in 1885, and recorded many details of what life in Altoona was like more than 100 years ago!
The Railroad Press, hardcover, 128 pages, standard portrait book 8 x 10 in., 50/50 mix of Black-and-White and Color photographs with the color being from the later years.