Someone asked me the other day why there are two small trains carrying folks up and down Mount Washington. I have to admit, even being raised in Pittsburgh, I wasn't 100% sure what the answer was to that question. So I set out on a mission to find the answer to share with all of you.
Today, there are only two inclines that anyone born after 1960 would be aware of: The Duquesne and the Monongahela. At one point, though, there were 17 inclines carrying various forms of cargo and coal up and down the hillsides in the greater Pittsburgh area. The inclines were typically operated by railway companies or "incline plane companies."
The Duquesne and Monongahela are the only two inclines still remaining and exist today to move tourists from the Monongahela River to Mt. Washington. While orignially powered by steam, the power source was changed to electricity in 1935. As of the time of this writing, adults can ride the inclines for $2.50 each way or $5.00 round trip. Once on top, there are several observation decks offering views of the city from the south side.