Knoxville Incline

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Knoxville Incline
Locale Pittsburgh, PA
Dates of operation 1890–1960
Track gauge 9 ft (2,743 mm)
Length 2,644 feet (806 m)
Headquarters Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Knoxville Incline was a broad gauge inclined railway that ran between Pittsburgh's South Side and Knoxville neighborhoods. The incline was constructed in 1890 and had a track gauge of 9 feet (2,700 mm). The last day of service was December 3, 1960.[1] It was demolished in 1960.[2] It was designed by John H. McRoberts, with a length of 2644 feet. The Knoxville Incline was operated by the Pittsburgh, Knoxville & St. Clair Electric Railroad, and later by Pittsburgh Railways. During its operation, the incline ferried people and freight between the South Side and Knoxville. The Knoxville Incline and the nearby Mount Oliver Incline enabled the development of land in Knoxville and surrounding communities on the hilltop. Like the Nunnery Hill Incline, the Knoxville Incline featured a curve, an unusual engineering feat for an incline.

Fatal Accident[edit]

On October 7, 1953 a boy hanging from a car was killed. While it is commonly reported that Pittsburgh inclines recorded no fatalities, this, along with an incident on the St. Clair Incline, provide the only blemishes on the safety record of inclines in Pittsburgh.[3] None of the fatalities occurred with paying passengers who had not jumped from cars.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Knoxville Incline, Last Days". 1960-11-26. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  2. ^ "South Side Facts". Retrieved 2009-05-19. 
  3. ^ Hadley, S Trevor (1994). "Chapter 3: Inclined to Disaster (1909)". Only in Pittsburgh. educational publishing resources. pp. 19–22. ISBN 0-9642251-0-7.