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Horseshoe curve author to take part in book signing at history museum
By Amanda Golden   - 10/02/2008

Tyrone Daily Herald

More Info on This Book: Horseshoe Curve

This year Farm/City Day is moving back to downtown Tyrone and the Tyrone Area Historical Society will be a part of the festivities.

A booth will be set up along Pennsylvania Avenue, but a special event will take place at the Tyrone History Museum.

Four local authors will be on hand for a book signing under canopies outside, weather permitting.

The authors include David Seidel, Luther Gette, Jeffrey L. Adams and Paula Zitzler.

David W. Seidel’s book, Horseshoe Curve, captures the colorful past of Pennsylvania’s popular landmark.

Seidel uses vintage photographs to chronicle the rich heritage of the Horseshoe Curve, which still uses its original route and has been active for over 150 years.

With over 70 trains per day, the Horseshoe Curve is a vital link in transcontinental railroad travel and shipping.

Seidel’s book reveals historic photographs from both public and private collections; shows how the Curve revolutionized railroad travel and shipment of raw materials and finished goods and provides a glimpse at the monumental mountain grade and how it was constructed.

All profits from this book are being donated to a non-profit historical and educational organization allied to preserving railroad heritage.

Horseshoe Curve is a part of the Images of Rail series published by Arcadia Publishing. This series celebrates the history of rail, trolley, streetcar and subway transportation across the country using archival photographs.

Seidel, 70, is a native of Altoona where he spent most of his life, excluding his four years of military service with the US Air Force.

He is a founding member of the Horseshoe Curve Chapter, national Railway Historical Society and serves as its chapter historian.

Also, he is active with the Railroader’s Memorial Museum in Altoona as a docent/volunteer.

Seidel retired from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Labor and Industry, having worked in employment and job training programs in Western Pennsylvania.

He enjoys amateur photography, particularly railroads, collecting railroad documentation and memorabilia and contributes newsletter writing to two organizations.

Everyone is encouraged to stop by the history museum during Farm/City Day this Saturday to meet these local authors, hear their stories and perhaps, share their own stories.


Buy It Now: Horseshoe Curve $21.99




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