I have yet to visit Jason's store over in Johnstown,but that would be less than 45 min. from Altoona. It would be an easy drive on 4 lanes the whole way with a lot of nice scenery to boot. Heading west out of Altoona you would see the PRR Mainline skirting the mountains on your right as it snakes it's way to Cresson.
I need to visit Jason's soon,I keep hearing nice things.
The gold eagle place smells like smoke, he smokes PACKS a day. All the trains smell like smoke. I mentioned it to him and needless to say we got into it! Uncle Joe's Woodshed is kind of a cool throwback...
I grew up in State College and make my way back once a year. It's amazing to see how many train shops have closed and opened in the past 20 years. About every shop mentioned above I've never heard of, LOL. All the ones I remember from the 90's are gone.