Pennsylvania Railroads Central division west of Altoona attacked the Alleghany mountains with a 4 track mainline and 150 daily trains. No mountain railroad on earth could come close, none. But the Pennsy did it and during WW2, pushed over 300 trains a day over the mountain. Here we see a PRR 4-8-2 M1a, a Mountain class locomotive of Baldwin design and Juniata build, no more than 12 miles from the location here, MP245, 4 miles west of the famed Horseshoe curve. Here, the railroad hung to the side of the mountain as it fought near 2 percent grades towards the top, Gallitzin. And whats more impressive than a steam locomotive on its hands and knees, working as hard as it can, sanders on with freight trains on each side, and you, your between the rails.
Pencil, 10 hours.