The Master Mechanic

The Master Mechanic (HMZJ1)

Location: Altoona, PA 16602 Blair County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 30.819', W 78° 23.961'

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Built in 1882, this Master Mechanics Building housed then, as it does again today, stories of what made the Pennsylvania the most important railroad in America and a cornerstone of the industry.

First-Rate Mechanics
Each Pennsy operating division had a Master Mechanic, whose job was to oversee the upkeep of locomotives and cars in his division to assure their first-rate performance and reliability. Nowhere was he more respected than here in Altoona - headquarters of PRR's Middle Division, home of the world's largest railroad shops, and a hub of day-to-day railroading activity.

State-of-the-Art Railroading
In this building were also housed the finest state-of-the-art physical and chemical laboratories, where research was conducted by the Pennsylvania Railroad Test Department. Founded by engineers, the PRR emphasized cutting-edge science and technology to build the biggest corporation and self-proclaimed "Standard Railroad" fo the world.
HM NumberHMZJ1
Series This marker is part of the Pennsylvania Railroad series
Placed ByRailroaders Memorial Museum
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 9:11pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 720330 N 4488019
Decimal Degrees40.51365000, -78.39935000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 30.819', W 78° 23.961'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 30' 49.14" N, 78° 23' 57.66" W
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Area Code(s)814
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1200 9th Ave, Altoona PA 16602, US
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