Johnstown, Pennsylvania: World's Steepest Railway for Cars

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Johnstown Inclined Plane

Address:
711 Edgehill Dr., Johnstown, PA
Directions:
Edgehill Drive is the top of the incline; the bottom is at Johns St. and Vine St.
Hours:
Apr-Sep 9 am-10 pm, Oct-Dec 11-9, shorter hrs Feb-Mar, closed Jan. (Call to verify)
Phone:
814-536-1816
Admission:
Round trip: people $4, cars $12
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Inclined Plane.

World's Steepest Railway for Cars
Steepest incline for a railway that can carry vehicles, built between Johnstown and a flood-resistant ridge. Tourists enjoy the near-vertical ride with their cars. Roadsideamerica.com Report... [05/06/2017]

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Inclined Plane.

Inclined Plane

The ticket station at the top has a well-stocked gift shop, and also a restaurant where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city as you dine. The ride alone is well worth the $4 (or less) round-trip fare!

[Karen H., 09/26/2015]
Johnstown Inclined Plane - World's Steepest Vehicular Inclined Plane

Under reconstruction and not operating at this time.

[Ed Dimarzio, 06/06/2015]

The Inclined Plane office told us that it will be running again in a week or two.

Inclined Railway.

Johnstown Inclined Plane - World's Steepest Vehicular Inclined Plane

It is hard to believe that the Johnstown Inclined Plane is over 120 years old! It was built after the flood. It is the steepest inclined plane in the world. Lots of nice shops and restaurants at the top.

[Britt Marley, 12/27/2012]

Inclined plane.

Johnstown's Inclined Plane - World's Steepest Vehicular Inclined Plane

After the 1889 Johnstown flood, the Inclined Plane was built to connect downtown with the higher Westmont Borough for area residential development. During Johnstown's two other floods, in 1936 and 1977, the Incline helped people get to higher ground as well as to ship supplies into the valley.

The Johnstown Inclined Plane is the steepest vehicular incline in the world. Its 30-ft long cars hold 65 people, six motorcycles or one vehicle. For a small admission fee, visitors can ride it.

[Lori S., 05/05/2011]

Dec. 2011: Photo added.

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