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Duquesne Incline

1197 W. Carson St, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15211 USA

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Open Now
Tue 5:30a-12:30a
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
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“A magnificent view of Pittsburgh's "Golden Triangle"”

The Duquesne Incline is an inclined plane railroad located near Pittsburgh's South Side neighborhood and scaling Mt. Washington. Designed by Samuel Diescher, the incline was completed in 1877 and is 800 feet long, 400 feet in height, and is inclined at a 30 degree angle. It is an unusual 5 ft gauge. Originally steam powered, the Duquesne Incline was built to carry cargo up and down Mt. Washington in the late 19th century. It later carried passengers, particularly Mt. Washington residents who were tired of walking up footpaths to the top. Inclines were then being built all over Mt. Washington. But as more roads were built on “Coal Hill” most of the other inclines were closed. By the end of the 1960s, only the Monongahela Incline and the Duquesne Incline remained. In 1962, the incline was closed, apparently for good. Major repairs were needed, and with so few patrons, the incline's private owners did little. But local Duquesne Heights' residents launched a fund-raiser to help the incline. It was a huge success, and on July 1, 1963, the incline reopened under the auspices of a non-profit organization dedicated to its preservation. The incline has since been totally refurbished. The cars, built by the J. G. Brill and Company of Philadelphia, have been stripped of paint to reveal the original wood. An observation deck was added at the top affording a magnificent view of Pittsburgh's "Golden Triangle", and the Duquesne Incline is now one of the city's most popular tourist attractions.

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Reviewed by
chrissymissme

  • 7 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
August 12, 2014
Rated 4.0

Senior citizens can go up and down for free. Had a difficult time finding the parking lot but ended up in a $7 lot. There are two inclines and both of them will take you up to fantastic views!

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Reviewed by
pborenstein

  • 6 Reviews
  • 7 Helpful
July 21, 2014
Rated 4.0

Don't miss the machine room at the top. It's an extra 0.50, but possibly the most interesting part of the incline.

Parking is available in gravel lot across from lower station. It's not free, but reasonable.

Note that many of the restaurants at the top are not open for lunch.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
MetroMan19

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
July 22, 2014

It is awesome

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Lasinia

  • 2 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
July 11, 2014

It's interesting to see antique transportation if you're into that. The view is amazing though. It's the quintessential photo op spot of pittsburgh

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Erica Griffith

  • 92 Reviews
  • 95 Helpful
July 02, 2014

So many great memories from the incline as a kid. Really cool view at the top as well.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
joe238

  • 4 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
April 08, 2014

It's ok I suppose. $5 to go up and down

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
melbode

  • 14 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
March 18, 2016
Rated 5.0

Worth it. Beautiful view.

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Reviewed by
NicoleLynnJones84

  • 6 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
February 20, 2016
Rated 5.0

Neat place to take in a quick view of the city, plus such a cool feat of engineering! Make sure you have exact change for parking and your ticket, when we visited (2/19/16) it cost $2.00 for the first hour and $1.00 per additional hour to park, and the incline was $2.50 One way (so $5 to ride it up and back down).

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Reviewed by
Abe Lincoln

  • 126 Reviews
  • 19 Helpful
October 23, 2014
Rated 3.0

This was pretty cool! There's not much around either the top or bottom of the incline to do, but there's some good info on the incline at the top and you can't beat the view :)

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Duquesne Incline

1197 W. Carson St
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
15211 USA

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Open now until 12:30 am
  • Mon - Sat: 5:30 am - 12:30 am
  • Sun: 7:00 am - 12:30 am

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