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Gallitzin Tunnels

<img src="/images/Multi_Media/wearecentralpa/nxd_media/img/jpg/2008_08/d7db3ef7-4086-8e44-99ae-17a435d7d3cc/raw.jpg" alt=" " style="width: 200px; height: 135px" align="left" height="135" width="200" />Before the Gallitzin Tunnels were completed in 1854, goods had to be moved through the region by water.
GALLITZIN, CAMBRIA COUNTY -- Before the Gallitzin Tunnels were completed in 1854, goods had to be moved through the region by water. Getting up over the mountain proved to be a tough task. So tough, they decided not to go over the mountain, but through it.

More than 150 years later, the tunnels bring visitors to Gallitzin from all over the world. International visitors even get their pictures taken and are added to a photo guestbook in the visitors center. Railbuffs pay homage to the tunnels year-round. It's easy to see why they come.

The tunnels are rich in history. At three-fifths of a mile long, they're a crucial part of the Pennsylvania Railroad. The smaller of the two - the Gallitzin Tunnel - was added next to the Allegheny Tunnel in 1904. It remained in service until 1995, when the Allegheny was expanded. Members of the tourist council say there's talk of upgrading the Gallitzin Tunnel, and possibly bringing it back into service.
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