Great Gorge Route

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Car of the Niagara Gorge Railroad

The Great Gorge Route or Niagara Belt Line was a trolley belt line encompassing the Niagara Gorge, operated by the International Railway and Niagara Gorge Railroad. Many dignitaries rode this line and they used to use a flat car with search light to illuminate the Niagara Whirlpool at night (during the tourist season).

Beginning[edit]

In 1895, the International Railway Company (IRC) established the Great Gorge Route scenic attraction. This electric trolley line ran from Niagara Falls (Prospect Park) to Lewiston, NY along the banks of the Niagara River. The trolley line ceased in 1935, victim to the Depression and the change in tourist transportation preferences (bus and automobile).[1]

The route[edit]

The Canadian route ran from Niagara Falls, Ontario to Queenston, Ontario with a bridge crossing at Queenston. This side was on the top of the Gorge.

The American side ran in the gorge from Youngstown, New York to Niagara Falls, New York, where it gradually ascended to cross the Upper Steel Arch Bridge. On the way it passed under the Whirlpool Rapids Bridge and the Michigan Central Railway Bridge.

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