fun things, history, museums

Visitors to San Francisco, one of America’s most iconic cities, are likely to take a classic cable car ride.  Even if you haven’t ever been to San Francisco, you probably can conjure up an image in your mind’s eye of some scene in a movie or TV show  like Full House or some other movie that includes a San Francisco cable car.  Or maybe you remember the classic cable car fight scene from the James Bond Movie, Moonraker, which takes place in the Sugarloaf Mountain Cable Car in Rio de Janeiro.

Well, Pittsburgh has its own famous cable car ride, otherwise known, as the “Incline”.  At one time, Pittsburgh had 15 inclines, shuttling people up and down Mount Washington, located across from downtown Pittsburgh.  Two remain today, the Duquesne Incline and the Monongahela Incline– both built in the 1870’s, sometimes referred to as “working museums”.  Both inclines are registered in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania. The 20 passenger cable car has no operator on board, as he is busy in the station manning the engine that is used to power the cable that pulls the cars up and down the inclined track…inclines with grades of 30-35 degrees. It’s a very gentle 2 ½ minute ride, at a speed of 6 miles per hour – luckily the length of track is less than 800 feet long or you would have to pack a lunch!  The inclines are enjoyed by many tourists and still used by commuters on a regular basis.

It’s opened 365 days a year, until 12:45am, rain or shine…or snow!  If you haven’t taken a ride yet, it should be on your “must do” list.

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