Johnstown's Inclined Plane
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The Cambria Iron Company began construction of the inclined railway in 1890, to carry
people, horses, and wagons to Westmont Hilltop. On June 1, 1891 the Johnstown
Inclined Plane started to supply transportation up Yoder Hill. It had a steep 70.9% grade.
On March 1, 1936 when flood waters again ran through Johnstown, the Inclined Plane
proved it's worth. It carried almost 4000 residents to safety. In Johnstown's most recent flood, July 20, 1977,
the Inclined Plane once again carried people to saftey on higher ground, as well as
carrying boats, emergency personnel, and equipment down to the valley to aid in rescue operations.
Cars: 15'2"x15'6"x34' long, 38 tons each
Length: 896.5 Ft. from top to bottom
Grade: a very steep 70.9%
Ties: 720 in total, each 12" x 12" x 14'
Rails: total length: 3,586 ft., total weight: 120,553 lbs.
Cable Size: 2" power steel, wire rope, 6 x 36 right regular lay
JOHNSTOWN'S INCLINED PLANE
JOHNSTOWN INCLINED PLANE 1891-HISTORIC