Inclined Plane

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    The Cambria Iron Company began construction of the inclined railway in 1890 to carry people, horses and wagons to the new hilltop community of Westmont. On June 1, 1891 the Johnstown Inclined Plane began providing convenient transportation up Yoder Hill which had a steep 70.9% grade.

    Lights: 114 high pressure sodium lamps
    Cars: 15'2"x15'6"x34' long, 38 tons each
    Length: 896.5 Ft. from top to bottom
    Grade: a very steep 70.9%
    Ties: 720 in total, each 12" x 12" x 14'
    Rails: total length: 3,586 ft., total weight: 120,553 lbs.
    Cable Size: 2" powersteel, wire rope, 6 x 36 right regular lay

    Inclined Plane Website

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    1. Jef Poskanzer 107 months ago | reply

      This almost looks like one of those fake tilt-shifts from a few months ago.

    2. btezra [deleted] 107 months ago | reply

      ~inclines rock~
      Monongahela Incline ~ tilt-shift fake

    3. Th[o]m 107 months ago | reply

      excellent ! I actually live in Valparaiso, and there are 30 lifts a that kind in the city, more one vertical unique in the world. A shot here. Have fun !

    4. zorankaltenbaugh 88 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

    5. happy2ba 86 months ago | reply

      This used to be the steepest incline in the world. Now it's second to one in France. Don't let anyone tell you any different.

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