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The Broadway Limited on Horseshoe Curve, 1980s.

Black and white photograph showing train No. 40 descending the famous curve outside of Altoona, Pa.

The <i>Broadway Limited</i> on Horseshoe Curve, 1980s.

The daily Broadway Limited (New York/Washington-Chicago) took its name from that of a predecessor run by the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR). West of Altoona, Pa., the train passed over the famous Horseshoe Curve, completed by the PRR in 1854. Construction of the 2,375 foot long curve necessitated the blasting of a hillside and filling of two ravines. Considered a 19th century engineering marvel, Horseshoe Curve is designated a National Historic Landmark.

The Amtrak Broadway Limited was discontinued in 1995, but the Pennsylvanian (New York-Pittsburgh) now travels along the curve twice a day. In this image, the Broadway Limited, led by F40PH locomotive No. 366 in Phase III livery, pulls a variety of Heritage sleeping, dining and baggage cars purchased from the predecessor railroads.

Photographer: Unknown for Amtrak. From the Amtrak Corporate Collection.