Monongahela Freight Incline

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Monongahela Freight Incline
Monongahela Incline 1905.jpg
LocalePittsburgh, PA
Dates of operation1884–1935
Track gauge10 ft (3,048 mm)
HeadquartersPittsburgh, PA

The Monongahela Freight Incline was a funicular railway that scaled Mount Washington in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States.

Designed by Samuel Diescher and John Endres, the incline was built beside the smaller, original Monongahela Incline. It opened in 1884.[1] The incline cost $125,000 to build. It had a unique 10 ft (3,048 mm) broad gauge that would allow vehicles, as well as passengers to ascend and descend the hill. The cars were hoisted by a pair of Robinson & Rea engines.[2] The incline ran until 1935.[3] The older passenger incline still runs today, and concrete pylons from the freight incline can be seen during the descent.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Diescher, Samuel (June 1897). "American Inclined Plane Railways". Cassier's Magazine. 12 (2): 86.
  2. ^ A Century of Inclines, pp. 7-8.
  3. ^ "Twentieth Century Progress Dooms Vehicle Incline Built Before Autos Replaced Hansoms and Victorias". The Pittsburgh Press. 11 October 1935. p. 37.


  • A Century of Inclines, The Society for the Preservation of the Duquesne Incline.

Coordinates: 40°25′55″N 80°00′20″W / 40.431944°N 80.005556°W / 40.431944; -80.005556