Friday, August 12, 2011
Altoona was created by the Pennsylvania Railroad when the locomotive and car manufacturing and maintenance facilities were established there in 1850. ("History of City of Altoona and Blair County," by Ewing and Slep, 1880, Mirror Printing House, Altoona, PA, Page 63.) The original workshops were located where today's Railroaders Memorial Museum and adjacent shopping center is located in downtown, Altoona, PA. In 1905, a stationary test plant where prototype locomotives were operated under controlled and measured conditions to determine appropriate locomotive design became part of the workshop complex.