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Duquesne Incline
Society: ASMEMain Category: MechanicalSub Category: Rail TransportationEra: 1870-1879DateCreated: 1877Mt. WashingtonPittsburghState: PAZip: 15211Country: USAWebsite: Diescher, Samuel

Designed by Sam Diescher, son-in-law of the Monongahela's designer John Endres, the Duquesne Incline opened May 20, 1877, as the second of seventeen built and operated in the Pittsburgh area. It has operated with only minor interruptions for the last one hundred years. A preservation group from Duquesne Heights and Mount Washington interceded in 1962 to refurbish this incline to working order. Like the Monongahela, the Duquesne was steam powered and then converted to electric and updated with modern safety devices.

Image Credit: Original Image: Courtesy Flickr/Nogwater (CC BY-SA 2.0)Image Caption: Duquesne InclineEra_date_from: 1877
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