The View from the Park: A youngster enjoys the view of an empty coal train emerging from the Allegheny Tunnel.

Our Restored N5C Caboose: Climb aboard our restored caboose!
Our Restored N5C Caboose

View Doug Obert's video tour of the West Slope of the Alleghenies beginning at Gallitzin.
Video Tour of Gallitzin Area Attractions

Park & Museum Features

  • Museum/Theatre Exhibits, Souvenirs.
  • Restored 1942 PRR Caboose with exhibits.
  • Ideal location for photos of trains entering & exiting Allegheny Tunnel on the mainline.
  • No Admission Charge.
  • Historians on duty in the Caboose
  • Specialized programs available for large groups - geared to the age group.
  • School Groups Welcome.

Tour Groups Welcome!: A bus tour from Valley Forge enjoyed their visit to the Tunnels Park & Museum in August, 2003.
Tour Groups Welcome!

The Gallitzin Tunnels

The extremely high grade presented the final obstacle in conquering the Allegheny Mountains, making it necessary to build tunnels as early as 1850. The New Portage Tunnel was completed in 1854 at an elevation of 2,167 feet, and was traditionally (and still is) used primarily for eastbound traffic. The Allegheny Tunnel, at 3,605 feet in length, was completed that same year.

The third tunnel, known as the Gallitzin Tunnel, was completed in 1904 and removed from service when the Allegheny Tunnel was expanded to two tracks in 1995. The Tunnels were so significant to the transportation system that they were guarded during the war years.

Still in use today, you can feel the awesome power of trains as they pass through the tunnels daily.

Click the image at left to preview Once Upon a Mountain

Once Upon a Mountain narrates and illustrates the fascinating transportation history of the Gallitzin area, including the Allegheny Portage Railroad, Horseshoe Curve, and of course the Gallitzin Tunnels. This video documentary is available on VHS and DVD, and can also be viewed at our theatre.

Railroad buffs have identified the Gallitzin Tunnels as a "must" stopover. It offers to the visitor a glimpse of the fascinating railroad "past and present."

Trains run through the tunnels 24 hours a day and are part of Norfolk Southern's main line through Pennsylvania. While visiting the tunnels, stop by at our Visitors Center located in the Museum/Theatre. The Museum and Caboose are staffed by friendly, local volunteers and are open to the public Tuesday through Sunday.

Gallitzin Area Tourist Council
Gallitzin Tunnels Park & Museum
DeGol Plaza
411 Convent Street, Suite 20
Gallitzin, PA 16641-1295

Phone: (814) 886-8871
Fax: (814) 886-6811
Email: info@gallitzin.info

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