Incline Gears

Please forgive the Friday intrusion, but I can’t resist a chance to bring back a few photos from the Duquesne Incline.

I don’t participate in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge very often, but I follow a lot of people who do. The challenges are a great source of interesting photos. Anyway, I’m going to make this very short, and since I don’t normally post on Fridays, feel free to take a look and slip away. Also, I’m also limiting the photo count in the gallery.

So, the challenge this week is Gears and Engines – Seriously Cee, you couldn’t have set me up better. How’s this for a gear and engine?

The inner workings of the Duquesne Incline
The inner workings of the Duquesne Incline

The gears have wooden teeth that can be easily replaced. The few (really, limited) photos in the gallery show what the engine and gears are moving.


  1. Hi Dan – looks fascinating – great having wooden teeth that can easily be replaced – makes sense for the gear mechanism. Didn’t know where it is ..but see it’s in Pittsburgh …fun photos – cheers Hilary

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    • The inclines (there were once 15 of them) were essential for moving coal, freight and workers, to and from the steel mills. Shutting down for a little while to replace a tooth was much better than shutting down and casting/cutting a new gear of that size.

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  2. It is thanks to your recommendation that we took the Duquesne Incline last summer. It was a great trip. Sadly, annoyingly, we only had one way tickets so we had to take the long and tedious walk back down.

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  3. Ooo, I like this very much! Why can’t all uppy places have an incline like this? Sit in a thing that’s all level and touching the ground and going up without swinging and swaying = yes.

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  4. I’m glad you were able to find the photo and to tell us the history of the Duquesne incline. I didn’t realize (short attention span) it is located in Pittsburg. Is the other incline the one over the New River Gorge? :)

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    • Thanks! It’s fascinating to see how they overcame the fact that they didn’t own enough property to build a traditional incline railway (where the power unit would be in line with the rails). This was the only one of what was once 15 inclines in Pittsburgh, that had a 90° angle in the powerhouse. AND – this was built 140 years ago!

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