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The Railroader Memorial Museum showcases the wide contributions of the railroaders and their families, making Altoona the central location for railroad facilities for more than a century. In the past, the city provided repair and maintenance shops, locomotive construction facility, and the test department. During the 1920?s, the Altoona railroad works have amassed at least 15,000 jobs; and in 1945, the city became the world?s largest rail shop complex due to its large railroad facilities.

The museum houses a vast amount of collections and memorabilia donated by families of railroaders. Also, the museum housed two railroad projects that were built in the past ? and one of them is the K-4 Engine 1737. The K-4 engine is a locomotive transportation that weighed 308,890 pounds with a traveling speed of 90miles per hour. Built in 1918, this train was used as the main passenger power until it retired in May 1956. The engine is currently on display at the Horseshoe Curve inside the museum.

Aside from these artifacts collected, there are several facilities that can be rented for a fixed rate. These halls include the lobby ? which can hold at least 55 people for buffet meals and up a hundred people for standing reception; the theater seats for 63 people with VHS and DVD services, computer LCD, and slide projection; the Horseshoe Curve Visitor Center, which can accommodate up to 75 people for standing receptions and outdoor reception in the courtyard with a seating for 150 people.

The museum also accepts membership. This includes free admission to the museum, subscriptions to the Museum newsletter, free passes for special occasions, programs, and events, and discount rate on selected items in their own store. You can be a trustee, benefactor, patron, or an associate depending on the rate of the membership level. Visitors who are fascinated with the history of railroads may have frequent visits by simply enrolling for a membership fee to gain more benefits at the Railroaders Memorial Museum.
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