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.
Richard has tons of stuff, both old and new, mostly Lionel. He sets up in the Purple Hall at York. Many tables.
There's a small train store in the Juniata section of the city. Used to be called Dicks' but he sold it even though he's there a lot. Mostly smaller scales, used Lionel, Williams. The new name escapes me at the moment.
Also American Gold Eagle, out near the shopping district off Hwy 220, in the back of the DeGol building. Beside Uncle Joe's Woodshed (which also has trains). Tons and tons of new Lionel, has almost everything. Take the guy running it with a grain of salt. He's quite the character. A "story" teller.
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.