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Johnstown

Johnstown is located along the Conemaugh River, at the junction of Pennsylvania routes 56 and 271. The town dates from about 1800 and at one time was a major center for steel making and railroads. It has had a number of serious floods in its history, most notably the one in 1889 which killed over two thousand people, many of them burned by a mass of debris that caught fire.

There has been considerable decline from its major steel making days, but there are some interesting museums and historic sites and one can ride the Inclined Plane, a remarkable bit of engineering that dates back to 1891. In one end of the terminal building at the top of the incline is a restaurant that has a very good Italian menu, Asiago's has seating that overlooks the city. They and the attached Visitor Center have some windows where one can see the winch mechanics that pull the trams up the incline.

Ye Olde Photographer has a been here twice in recent history, once on the return leg of Grand Tour 2016 when we rode the Incline, in addition to having an excellent lunch with friends in the restaurant at the top. Returning from our Eclipse Ramble 2017 excursion we met the same friends at the restaurant for lunch. One or two shots from that trip have been added.

Visitors Center
Visitors Center
Upper Station
Upper Station
Engineering Landmark
Engineering Landmark
Railroad Station
Railroad Station
Top of the Incline
Top of the Incline
Halfway Down
Halfway Down
Motor Room
Motor Room
Winch Drum
Winch Drum
Power
Power
Major Components
Major Components
Mechanics
Mechanics
Operator Booth
Operator Booth
Entry Gate
Entry Gate
Car #1 at Top
Car #1 at Top
Looking Down
Looking Down
Interior
Interior
Car at Top
Car at Top
On Our Way!
On Our Way!
Car at Bottom
Car at Bottom
Rivets
Rivets
Toward Town
Toward Town
Auto Ramp
Auto Ramp
PA Route 56
PA Route 56
Looking Back
Looking Back
Memorial Baptist
Memorial Baptist
Ready for Ascent
Ready for Ascent
Up We Go!
Up We Go!
Cables
Cables
Cable Guides
Cable Guides
Inside
Inside
Undercarriage
Undercarriage
Almost There
Almost There