World Famous Horseshoe Curve, Altoona, Pennsylvania USA - Virtual Railfan LIVE

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  • Published on:  Sunday, January 13, 2019
  • Actual start date: 6/20/17NS Emergency Number: 800-453-2530Amtrak Emergency Number: 800-331-0008Welcome to Virtual Railfan, please read this important info.This is a live stream of the famous Horseshoe Curve in Altoona, Pennsylvania, USA, for people who enjoy watching trains. You are welcome to join our family friendly chat, but keep in mind that there’s a community with rules already established. Please check them out below.This camera is sponsored by: Railfan Depot. Please stop by and visit their website: and like them on Facebook: the Railroader's Memorial Museum, with the main campus located in Altoona, and the RMM also operates this public area here at the Curve: DISPATCHER FEED: Pittsburgh Line Timetable/MAP: or distribution of our videos is STRICTLY prohibited without permission. Official policy here: RULES:• Be polite and respectful• Use English, we need a single language to be able to understand each other. If you’re not fluent, please use a translator such as Google Translate:• Don’t post in ALL CAPS or use excessive emojis, letters or characters.• Don’t discuss politics, religion, race, sex, violence, disturbing details about train or vehicle accidents, or anything like that. We try to be mindful of any children who may be watching. • Don't use the terms "foamer" or "foaming" in your comments or your username. Many railfans find them derogatory and offensive.• The conversation here is trains, and please remember that it needs to come first. Off topic conversation such as music, sports, jokes, etc. is fine, but it must be kept in balance with on topic.• Please keep conversations of personal issues (medical, domestic, legal, etc.) out of the chat; take it to messaging or email. Remember, you are sharing information with hundreds of people, not just those directly involved in the chat.• Don’t ask to become a moderator. It’s earned. If we’re interested in your assistance, we will contact you.• Just be nice, it’s amazing what happens when we’re all nice to each other.THINGS THAT WILL GET YOU BANNED: • Inappropriate usernames• Profanity• Asking for subscriptions (subs)• Being intentionally disruptive, creating arguments or any other jerk-like behavior • Not following the moderators’ instructionsABOUT THIS FEED: Horseshoe Curve is the three-track (formerly four-track) railroad curve on the Norfolk Southern Railway's (NS) Pittsburgh Line, the former Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) mainline, between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Approximately 50 freight trains travel the Curve each day.The 360 camera can pan the entire curve, when an operator is available. During the daytime hours when an operator is not present the camera is placed on an automatic script (program), which does auto pans from one predetermined position to another, but it is not capable of panning with the movement/direction of a passing train.Amtrak's "Pennsylvanian" passenger train (between New York City and Pittsburgh via Philadelphia) passes this camera twice daily, once per direction.There is an ATCS layout available, with server (data) coverage to the east of the Curve down in Altoona itself.There is a radio stream available, see link above. You will also hear conversations (between the dispatcher and crews) from said radio feed being broadcast over the speaker at the Curve.The engine on display is former PRR GP9 #7048, built by EMD in December 1955 in Order #5408, to Penn Central (PC) #7048, to Conrail (CR) #7048, then donated for display.When’s the next train? Yeah, we get this a lot. There’s no schedule for freight trains, but some of our more knowledgeable members will provide real-time information when it’s available. Please refrain from asking. ABOUT VIRTUAL RAILFAN: Virtual Railfan currently has 33 cams from 3 countries. Visit our website for memberships, more free cams, and our own live chat. Thanks for stopping by, we’re glad you’re here! Website: Facebook: Twitter: Know a good location for a camera? We’d love to hear! Please email us at If you have any contacts in the area, please let us know.


  • Markus Hymek
    Markus Hymek  1 months ago +1

    Why do they reroute automatically to a other stream?

  • AliWard
    AliWard  1 months ago +7

    Fiber optic line somehow got cut, they are repairing it now....(from one of the mods at another camera)

  • ddintheshop
    ddintheshop  1 months ago +1

    the VR stream is up ????

  • josif spartak
    josif spartak  1 months ago

    Why no any explanations from Virtual Railfan ?

  • ElectronicsTech09
    ElectronicsTech09  28 days ago

    The link is up again on a different link

  • dan96kid
    dan96kid  1 months ago

    I'm getting a "This live stream recording is not available" error.

  • Kerri W
    Kerri W  1 months ago

    I think it's a combination of things, and feel confident that it will be restored.

  • Joe D
    Joe D  1 months ago +2

    What happened to the live stream what time it will be back on live stream I want to see some trains on cam

  • Rail Kid Productions
    Rail Kid Productions  1 months ago +2

    2.3 Million views? I guess this is Virtual Railfan's most popular video now...

  • Joe D
    Joe D  1 months ago +4

    What happened to the live stream out to horseshoe curve do you think it will be back on soon on live stream I love seeing trains go by there

  • William Corbin
    William Corbin  1 months ago +3

    We were there late afternoon when storms blew through. Lost our Verizon cell service.

  • Brian Dillon
    Brian Dillon  21 days ago

    Whats the new link?

  • Zeppelin Freak Hayes

    What to the Cam

  • AliGG1
    AliGG1  1 months ago +2

    The cam went down rather late last night - only 800 viewers at the time so I doubt it was a server crash. No problems earlier in the day when it was 2k+. There was heavy rain at times - maybe that's the cause?

  • Bill Timmann
    Bill Timmann  1 months ago +2

    Any update on the restoration yet

  • Kiwi Sunshine
    Kiwi Sunshine  1 months ago

    When is the cable going to be fixed? It seems to be taking awhile.

  • TheDefBurns
    TheDefBurns  1 months ago +3

    What happened at 2584:45:30 is incredible...

  • Mike Ross
    Mike Ross  1 months ago +1

    They had tech trouble with the camera or internet connection last night, I'm sure it'll be back when it's fixed.

  • Joe D
    Joe D  1 months ago +2

    When the horseshoe curve live stream you will be back on I’m living kind of worried

  • Eric Gamble
    Eric Gamble  1 months ago

    Just saw a small clips of the derailment up there thank God no one got hurt y'all have a safe train chasing day