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Inclined Plane

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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Taken on June 24, 2006