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Johnstown Incline Plane History
Description: A short overview og the Johnstown Incline plane, as I interviewed head operator of over 40 years. Built in 1891 for the sole purpose of taking people to higher ground, in any case.

Date Taken: 9/8/2007
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City: Johnstown
State: pennsylvania
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Country: United States
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The Johnstown Inclined Plane is a cable-hauled railway that provides transportation between downtown Johnstown, on the floor of the Conemaugh River valley, and the borough of Westmont, on top of the bluff that overlooks the valley from the west. Like the two inclines in nearby Pittsburgh, the Inclined Plane is a funicular, which uses two cars that counterbalance each other and always move in opposite directions. -- johnstownwildfire
The stationary engine at the upper station needs to provide only enough power to overcome friction and the difference in the weights of the two cars. The cars leave the upper and lower stations simultaneously, and always pass at the midpoint of the track. Unlike its cousins in Pittsburgh, the Inclined Plane carries vehicles as well as passengers -- johnstownwildfire
The stationary engine at the upper station needs to provide only enough power to overcome friction and the difference in the weights of the two cars. The cars leave the upper and lower stations simultaneously, and always pass at the midpoint of the track. Unlike its cousins in Pittsburgh, the Inclined Plane carries vehicles as well as passengers -- johnstownwildfire
The Inclined Plane is 896.5 feet 273.3 m long and has a vertical height of 502.5 feet 153 m, which gives it a grade of nearly 72percent. Each car can carry a load of fifteen tons. It was originally driven by a steam engine, but now uses a 400-horsepower aboaut 300 kW electric motor -- johnstownwildfire
The Inclined Plane was built in response to the Johnstown Flood of 1889, as an emergency escape route during future floods which function it served in 1936 and 1977 and as a tool for developing Westmont. It began operation on 1 June 1891. At first it was owned and operated by the Cambria Inclined Plane Railway, which was controlled by the Cambria Iron Works and its corporate successors. In the 1930s, it began to run at a financial deficit, which the steel company did not want to bear, so in 1 -- johnstownwildfire
After World War II, as cars became more common and roads to Westmont became better, traffic on the Inclined Plane decreased and subsidies increased. Finally, the Borough of Westmont decided that it could no longer afford to subsidize the Inclined Plane, and closed it on 31 January 1962. The Cambria County Tourist Council took over operation while Westmont retained ownership, re-opened it on 4 July 1962, and promoted it as a tourist attraction. In 1982, the Cambria County Transit Authority -- johnstownwildfire
Through windows in the gift shop and the visitor center on the other side, we can look down on the machinery that drives the Inclined Plane. The cable coming off the top of the large drum and leaving the picture at lower right is one of the driving cables. The other one comes off the bottom of the drum, below floor level. Both cables have to turn again through 90 degrees to reach the track, an unusual design required by the short front-to-back distance inside the station. -- johnstownwildfire
Thanks a lot I was forced to watch this today.. Ok so it is somewhat educational. -- jodimiller
Why is Walt stil working dont you think he should step down and retire. Let me run that machine.. -- jodimiller
Nice video. Jodi, dont you think you should learn to drive a car before you operate the Inclined Plane? Perhaps you could go see Andy Lasky over at the restaurant ... I hear he might need a dishwasher .... -- BeckyMarie
 
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