Altoona to Bellwood

The Bellwood Branch

The abandoned railroad route between Altoona and Bellwood, known as The Bellwood Branch, of which 9.26 miles have been abandoned, was once operated in Pennsylvania by the Pennsylvania Railroad.

Historic ICC Abandonment Filings

Docket Number: 13091 Date: 11/12/1940 Section: 1
Application for authority to abandon Bellwood Branch, a distance of 9.26 miles in Blair and Cambria Counties; Tearing Run Branch, a distance of 2.70 miles in Venango County; total distance of 15.60 miles all in the state of Pennsylvania.
Length: 15.6 miles Citation: 244 ICC 224  
Also under this filing: The Tearing Run Branch   

Hello, I just discovered this site, and am very excited to explore! I have a question about this particular branch just outside my hometown. I've been to an area between Altoona and Antis Township that is currently an ATV trail, and it contains several pieces of derelict rolling stock dating from the PRR/NYC all the way to Conrail. There is one track still intact. Is this part of it? Is there any other information anyone can help me with?

Jacob Boslet
Altoona, PA


Where exactly are you referring to? I'm an engineer out of Altoona and am unfamiliar with any such location that is not in Altoona Yard, or the display at Bellwood Park.

Houtzdale, PA


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