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Encyclopedia > Duquesne Incline
Duquesne Incline
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Locale Pittsburgh, PA
Dates of operation 1877 – present
Track gauge 4 ftin (1435 mm) (standard gauge)
Headquarters Pittsburgh, PA

The Duquesne Incline is a funicular, or inclined plane, located near Pittsburgh's South Side neighborhood and scaling Mt. Washington. It was completed in 1877. Duquesne Incline, Pittsburgh File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... City nickname: The Steel City Location in the state of Pennsylvania Founded 1758 Mayor Tom Murphy (Dem) Area  - Total  - Water 151. ... 1877 (MDCCCLXXVII) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... Rail gauge is the distance between two rails of a railroad. ... A foot (plural: feet) is any of several old units of distance or length, measuring around a quarter to a third of a meter. ... Mid-19th century tool for converting between different standards of the inch An inch is an Imperial and U.S. customary unit of length. ... A millimetre (American spelling: millimeter, symbol mm) is an SI unit of length that is equal to one thousandth of a metre. ... As railways developed and expanded one of the key issues to be decided was that of the rail gauge (the distance between the two rails of the track) which should be used. ... City nickname: The Steel City Location in the state of Pennsylvania Founded 1758 Mayor Tom Murphy (Dem) Area  - Total  - Water 151. ... Angels Flight, Los Angeles, California with gantlet track configuration Duquesne Incline, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with full length parallel tracks The Gütschbahn in Lucerne, Switzerland – from an 1893 guidebook A funicular, also called funicular railway, inclined railway, inclined plane, or, in the United Kingdom, a cliff railway, is a system of... An inclined plane is a plane surface set at an angle, other than a right angle, against a horizontal surface. ... City nickname: The Steel City Location in the state of Pennsylvania Founded 1758 Mayor Tom Murphy (Dem) Area  - Total  - Water 151. ... Mount Washington is a neighborhood on Pittsburgh, Pennsylvanias south city area. ... 1877 (MDCCCLXXVII) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ...


History

The Duquesne Incline's original purpose was to take cargo up and down Mt Washington in the late 1800s. It then became available for passenger use to workers on Mt. Washington who tired of walking up footpaths to the top. Inclines were then being built all over Mt. Washington. But as time went on, more roads could be built up Mt. Washington, and most of the other inclines were closed. In the 1940s, only the Monongahela Incline and the Duquesne Incline were left. Events and Trends Beginning of the Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815). ... // Events and trends World War II was a truly global conflict with many facets: immense human suffering, fierce indoctrination, and the use of new, extremely devastating weapons such as the atomic bomb. ... The Monongahela Incline was completed in 1870 and is located in Pittsburgh. ...


In 1962 the incline was closed, apparently for good. Major repairs were needed, and with so few patrons, the incline's private owners did little. But a group of men from the Duquesne Heights neighborhood launched a fund-raiser to help the incline. It was a huge success, and on July 1, 1963 the incline reopened under the auspices of a non-profit organization dedicated to the incline's preservation. 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar). ... July 1 is the 182nd day of the year (183rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 183 days remaining. ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ...


The incline has since been totally refurbished. The cars, built by the J.G. Brill Company of Philadelphia, have been stripped of paint to reveal the wood. An observation deck was added for another view of Pittsburgh, and the Duquesne Incline is now one of the city's most popular tourist attractions.


See also

The Monongahela Incline was completed in 1870 and is located in Pittsburgh. ... Current view 1903 view, with the Third Street Tunnel at right Angels Flight is a landmark funicular railway in the Bunker Hill district of downtown Los Angeles, California, United States, which claims to be the shortest railway in the world. ... Angels Flight, Los Angeles, California with gantlet track configuration Duquesne Incline, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with full length parallel tracks The Gütschbahn in Lucerne, Switzerland – from an 1893 guidebook A funicular, also called funicular railway, inclined railway, inclined plane, or, in the United Kingdom, a cliff railway, is a system of... For United Kingdom funicular railways see List of funiculars in the United Kingdom. ...

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Funicular - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1061 words)
In some cases, such as on the Duquesne Incline in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, there are separate parallel tracks and platforms for each vehicle; the carriages' flanged wheels resemble those of standard railway vehicles.
One of the most famous funiculars of its time was the Great Incline of the Mount Lowe Railway in Altadena, California, combining a funicular raising passengers 2,800 feet (850 meters) up the side of Mount Echo (elev.
A particular feature of the Great Incline was that it was the first of the three-railed funiculars borne out of the need to reduce the amount of wide grading on the incline.
Trams Stop Here: Pittsburgh Inclines Tribute Page (1500 words)
While some of the area's inclines were decidedly short-lived, the survival of the more successful specimens until the mid-20th century and beyond was a testiment to their true utility and durability.
Alas, these inclines were not nearly as well-situated geographically as the Mon and the Duquesne Inclines, whose guardian angels were able to point to those lines' enduring civic value as transit lines and tourist attractions, in addition to their historic significance.
The Duquesne Incline was saved from oblivion largely due to the efforts of a group of concerned local citizens who formed the Society for the Preservation of the Duquesne Heights Incline.
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