Please be aware that part of the public area loop has been closed until further notice as the park starts preparatory efforts for this summer's paving project on the Picnic Area Road.
Early Closure 11/27/2013
The park will be closing today at 3:00 for the Thanksgiving holiday and remained closed through Thanksgiving Day, November 28. The park will re-open at 9:00 am on Friday, November 29.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. When are the train rides?
A. You are over 150 years too late! There are no working engines on the Allegheny Portage Railroad today. We do have models of a locomotive and a stationary engine, but they are not working models.
Q. Why don't you rebuild more of the Allegheny Portage Railroad?
A. Much of the right-of-way is unavailable. Cost is a big factor too, as would be safety.
Q. How does the Allegheny Portage Railroad connect to the Pennsylvania Railroad?
A. The Pennsylvania Railroad bought the Portage but did not use most of the old Portage route. They did, however, 'recycle' track and other materials.
Q. What years was the Allegheny Portage Railroad in operation?
A. Generally, 1834 to 1854 for the old Portage Railroad. There was a short time of operation for a New Portage Railroad but it was less than 4 years.
Q. How long did it take to travel from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia during the days of the Mainline Canal?
Q. How much did a ticket cost?
A. 8 to 12 dollars depending on the company
Q. How did the Allegheny Portage Railroad get its name?
A. It was a railroad to carry (portage) canal boats over the mountains of central Pennsylvania (Allegheny Mountains).
Did You Know?
In 1834, a passenger on the Portage wrote that the engine houses appeared "like fairy castles seated on the tops of lofty hills, and shaded and surrounded by towering oaks and hemlocks". Today, a new generation of hemlock, Pennsylvania's state tree, survives in Allegheny Portage Railroad NHS.