The Duquesne Incline is an amazing plane railroad located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, that scales Mount Washington. The design was created by Samuel Discher and it is 800 feet long, 400 feet high, and it rises at a 300 degree angle. One of the most unique aspects of this incline is the odd five foot gauge railroad, and it was completed in 1877. Originally, this was powered by steam and used to foray cargo up and down the mountain in the late 1800s, but eventually it led to passengers being ferried up the mountain. By the late 1960s only two inclines up the mountain remained this one and the Monongahela.
Some of the most interesting things about the Duquesne Incline are the following:
- The Observation Deck at the top of the mountain provides a truly amazing panoramic view of the valley below; photographers will thoroughly enjoy photographing the scenery.
- Take a look at the cars and equipment that operate this Incline that has been restored to its original style and beauty.
- For travelers who need a souvenir to bring home to remember this unique place, take some time to visit the Gift Shop and see some of the most unique gifts that are made specifically about the Incline. From plates, to glasses, to t-shirts, there's plenty inside to purchase.
Take some time while in Pittsburgh, and take the Duquesne Incline to the top of Mount Washington, see an incredible view, and learn some interesting facts about this incline.