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Johnstown's Inclined Plane

The Inclined Plane's Unique Story...   In PICTURES and IMAGES

The Inclined Plane began its history long before the advent of color photography!

black and white photo of the Inclined Plane during the 1890s, smokestack visible at the top of Yoder Hill

This postcard shows the original smokestack that was part of the powerplant that powered the Inclined Plane.

black and white photo of Inclined Plane, trees cut from hillside

This postcard's image was taken before the trees grew back on Yoder Hill.  The trees had to be cut down to allow the construction to take place.

black and white sketch of Inclined Plane with smokestack at top

Gregg Gorman sketched this view of the Inclined Plane in 1973.

black and white photo, taken from bottom station looking straight up tracks

Looking up at the top station, this photo was taken before the sodium lights were installed.

black and white photo of valley taken from tlp of Inclined Plane

A view of Johnstown as seen from the top of the Inclined Plane.

black and white photo taken from bottom station looking straight up track, sodium lights are visible on side of tracks and side of car

The sodium lights are visible here along the top of the car and along the tracks to the left.

black and white photo of newer, single-story car; taken at top station, side-view of the car

This is the side view of one of the cars currently in operation, and was taken at the top station.

black and white photo taken from streetside at bottom of Inclined Plane, bridge crossing Stonycreek River at center

The bridge across the Stonycreek River, along with the ramp leading to the bridge.  The old smokestack is visible along the skyline.

black and white photo of Johnstown valley; taken from inside top station, side of car visible on the left

A view of Johnstown, looking out the top station of the Inclined Plane.

black and white photo of car approaching bottom station, row of people standing along gate on car, waiting to disembark

This is the newer, replacement car that is only one floor.

black and white photo of car ascending tracks; original car with two-stories

This two-story car is one of the originals.  The top floor was for wagons and horses.  The bottom cab, with the two windows, could seat about 12 people.

black and white photo of car ascending tracks; car located on left track

A view of the Inclined Plane, looking up from the bottom station.

How the Inclined Plane began - from one man's imagination and then onto paper.

mechanical drawing with hand-written labels

One of drawings for the engine room.

black and white photo of Samuel Diescher, balding man with full white beard

Samuel Diescher, of Pittsburgh, designed the Johnstown Inclined Plane.

mechanical drawing with hand-written labels

One of the drawings for the engine room.

Pieces of history.

       

color photo of ticket; punched on both right and left sides to indicate number of trips used

This ticket is from September 1903.  It allowed the ticketholder to ride the Inclined Plane 25 times.

buff-colored paper with typed legal document, backed with heacy blue paper

This is one of the court documents that was involved in ending vehicular traffic on the Inclined Plane while Westmont Borough was owner.

four, copper-colored metal tokens, words located around outside edge, "W" cut into the center

Inclined Plane tokens that allowed the holder one ride on the Inclined Plane.  One side says "Westmont Borough Inclined Plane" and the other says "Good For One Fare."

      

 Youth Corps members repaired the bridge that crosses the Stonycreek River and connects the bottom of the Inclined Plane to the city of Johnstown.

black and white photo of Stonycreek bridge from underneath with part of the bridge missing

black and white photo of man standing on back of truck with load of boards

black and white photo of mid-twenty-year-olds repairing the Stonycreek Bridge

black and white photo of mid-twenty-year-olds repairing the Stonycreek Bridge black and white photo of mid-twenty-year-olds repairing the Stonycreek Bridge black and white photo of mid-twenty-year-olds repairing the Stonycreek Bridge

The dedication ceremony after the 1983-1984 rehabilitation project.

 

black and white photo of rededication ceremony held on Edgehill Drive at the top of the Inclined Plane; top station to the right

white invitation to dedication ceremony, bright blue printing

 

View of Johnstown from the top of the Inclined Plane

(Picture at right) The Inclined Plane is visible in the bottom of the photo.  This view shows the downtown section of Johnstown.

color photo of Johnsotwn in valley

color photo of Johnstown in valley (Picture at left)  This photo is looking to the right of the Inclined Plane.  The highway that is featued in the center of the photo is PA-56.  The river that is crosses is the Stoneycreek River.

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