Duquesne Incline - Amazing Facts and History Of Pittsburgh's Best

A 136 year old incline cable car still works its magic up and down Mount Washington. Started in 1877, the Duquesne incline has been continuously serving people until this day. Riding the incline is one of the top 10 things to do in Pittsburgh, and you can get the amazing view of Pittsburgh from the top.

Watch the video of the Historic Duquesne Incline below:

Location: 1197 West Carson Street, Pittsburgh, PA

Monday through Saturday:
5:30 a.m. to 12:45 a.m.

Sundays and Holidays:
7:00 a.m. to 12:45 a.m.

Phone: 412-381-1665
Fax: 412-381-1943
Email: duq.incline@duquesneincline.org

Please read these tips before you take the incline, it will definitely save you some money and time.

Above: The Duquesne Incline Goes Up & Down Mount Washington, Pittsburgh 
History: The Duquesne Incline construction was started in 1875 to take workers up and down the Coal hill. The Coal hill? That was the original name of Mount Washington before they changed it in 1876! The Duquesne Incline had its grand opening on May 20, 1877. The designer was a Hungarian engineer named Samuel Diescher who also designed the historic Johnstown Incline. Note that the incline was operating even before Thomas Edison had invented his incandescent electric bulb in 1879.

The incline was originally steam powered and was replaced with electric drives in 1932. After this, no more changes were made thus far. On November 21, 1962, the Duquesne Incline closed down permanently due to Mad Mike Haunting scare. Concerned citizens created the "Save The Incline" committee, and raised enough money to reopen it on July 1, 1963.

Above: A chart that shows the working of Duquesne Incline, found in the museum
Museum: The incline has a museum up on Mount Washington, which is one of a kind in the world. It is the actual machine room where you can see the working parts of the Incline. You can learn more about the Duquesne Incline Museum here.

Above: Duquesne Incline on a rainy day. It works rain, shine or snow, 365 days a year! 
Fun Facts:

1. It is called the most expensive ride in the world, as you pay $2.50 for 80 seconds travelling just 800 feet. Locals often joke about the Duquesne Incline being the "Fastest way to spend 5 Dollars".

2. The original price to ride the incline was 5 cents, when it started in 1877.

3. In 1994, Bill Clinton and England's Prime Minister John Major rode the Duquesne Incline.

4. On December 18 2006, the Duquesne Incline carried its 20th million rider since re-opening in

5. The Duquesne Incline runs at a speed of 6 miles an hour, and runs 365 days a year. For more interesting facts, visit the museum page.

6. Pittsburgh once had 16 operating inclines, more than any other city in the world. Only the Duquesne and the Monongahela incline remain in operation now, so ride the inclines before it is too late!

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took the duquesne incline last night - best thing to do in pittsburgh ever.

I am even more attention to the scenery behind . very cool

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