Castle Shannon Incline

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Castle Shannon Incline
Location Mount Washington (Pittsburgh)
Opened 1890
Closed June 21, 1964
Owner Pittsburgh Railways
Track length 1,350 feet (411 m)
Electrified 1918

The Castle Shannon Incline was a funicular railroad in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was originally built in 1890 as part of the Pittsburgh and Castle Shannon Railroad as a means of transporting passenger traffic over Mt. Washington, rather than using the Pittsburgh and Castle Shannon Tunnel through Mt. Washington, which used a former coal mine. The mine continued to be used as a tunnel to transport coal to a separate incline that unloaded at a station on Carson Street. The incline ran from Bailey on Mt. Washington to Carson Street and Arlington.[1] Its large cars were able to carry both passengers and automobiles. Originally steam powered, it was converted to electrical operation in 1918 by the Otis Elevator Company.[2]

The incline was closed 21 June 1964.[3][4] The former route of the incline is partly replaced by East Sycamore Street.[5]

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  1. ^ "Pittsburgh Inclines Tribute". Retrieved 2008-11-15. 
  2. ^ "Pittsburgh and Castle Shannon Railroad HAER no. PA-410". Retrieved 2009-01-02. 
  3. ^ "The Early Years at PAT". The Antique Motor Coach Association of Pennsylvania. Retrieved 2009-05-09. 
  4. ^ "The Overbrook Saga: 1870s-1993". Retrieved 2008-11-15. 
  5. ^ Elliott, Suzanne (2002-12-13). "Plans for city's 'Saddle' rankles Mount Washington residents". Pittsburgh Business Times. Retrieved May 9, 2009. 

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