Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site
110 Federal Park Road
Gallitzin, PA 16641
Some units may direct drivers into the town of Gallitzin instead of to the park. Some users report that putting the town as "Cresson" instead of "Gallitzin" produces the correct driving directions. You may wish to verify your route using a roadmap. Regardless of which direction you are driving on U.S. Route 22, the Gallitzin Exit followed by a right turn will take drivers to the park visitor center.
Accessing the Park
Ever since 1992, the park is accessed by taking the Gallitzin Exit of U.S. Route 22 and turning right into the park. Though there is a road and a gate adjacent, access is not gained by way of the Lemon House. That road is for staff only.
What's in the Visitor Center?
Upon your entrance to the Summit Level Visitor Center, a Park Ranger and maybe even a park volunteer will greet you at the information desk. This is also where you will need to go if you wish to get the America the BeautifulAccess Pass, the only pass available at Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site.
The park film provides an overview of the park story and is a great place to start your visit. It is shown in the indoor 60 seat auditorium by request. The film lasts approximately twenty minutes. The presentation is a dramatic interpretation of what it was like to work and travel on the Portage Railroad. A fictional character, Edgar West, explains life on the canals then speaks of a change of occupation to Portage Railroad worker. Edgar relates a story of blasting the Staple Bend Tunnel as well as general building techniques. He uses written accounts by writers such as Charles Dickens and local newspapers to speak of the value of the Main Line system and the thrill of faster travel.
Our newly updated Visitor Center includes various exhibit areas and models including a life- size replica of a canal boat and the locomotive Lafayette, and artifacts from the Portage Railroad. There are also hands on and interactive exhibits that will interest young and old alike. There are other exhibits on the park grounds and in the Engine House No. 6 Exhibit Shelter, the Lemon House, and along several park trails.
The park's non-profit Eastern National run bookstore carries unusual and hard to find books and souvenirs from the canal and early railroading era. Eastern National has published or reprinted books specifically related to park features or the park story. These include the Sylvester Welch Report and A Pleasant Peregrination through the Prettiest Parts of Pennsylvania (1836). Souvenir items include collectibles such as park magnets, keyrings, mugs, patches, pins, decals, coal-in-a-bottle, and brass coins as well as many other fun and educational items.