Johnstown inclined plane is Pennsylvania attraction off the beaten path

Industrial buildings, view from the inclined plane

Industrial landscapes of Johnstown, PA

Johnstwon, PA, USA
Latitude: 40.3254, Longtitude: -78.9286
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Johnstown, Pennsylvania is mostly known as a place of the great flood. Location of the town on the junction of three rivers makes it prone to flooding. Johnstown is roughly halfway in between Pittsburgh and Altoona. If you happen to be driving in this area and looking for things to do, plan a trip to Johnstown and visit inclined plane.

Steepest inclined plane, road trip ideas in Pennsylvania
Steepest inclined plane, road trip ideas in Pennsylvania

Johnstown inclined plane was built after the great flood of 1889. The actual angle of the inclined plane is over 70 degrees and it does look and feel very steep. This historic attraction is off the beaten path but is well worth the visit. Johnstown inclined plane is a national historic place and also important industrial landmark.

looking up at johnstown inclined plane, road trip ideas
Johnstown inclined plane, travel images to plan a trip

Inclined plane was also included in the list of historic mechanical engineering landmarks. There is a church at the bottom of the plane, you can park there in the street.This part of town is not very prosperous and you can see many abandoned houses. Johnstown is known as a town least likely to attract new citizens. However, leaving your car here during the day should be safe.

Abandoned house in Johnstown, PA
Abandoned house in Johnstown, PA

Take a foot bridge across the river to get to the bottom station. There are two funiculars operating on the plane. These rail cars are designed to resemble Pennsylvania railroad trains. It is a fun ride to the top to enjoy Johnstown cityscapes. The residential area on top of the hill is in much better shape, houses are bigger and well maintained. Areial view of the town shows the reason forĀ  the devastation caused by the flood. You will also see many old industrial buildings dating back to times when steel industry was in full swing here.

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Booming days of steel industry – Johnstown, PA – museum photo
world's steepest inclined plane, travel images
world’s steepest inclined plane, travel images
Steep grade of inclined plane, Pennsylvania attractions off the beaten path
Steep grade of inclined plane, Pennsylvania attractions off the beaten path
Foot bridge across the river to the bottom funicular station
Foot bridge across the river to the bottom funicular station
Funicular car descending the inclined plane, travel images
Funicular train car descending the inclined plane, travel images
Arriving at the top funicular station, road tip ideas
Arriving at the top funicular station, road tip ideas
johnstown inclined plane travel images Funicular vehicle parked at the bottom station
Funicular vehicle parked at the bottom station
Johnstown, PA - industrial cityscapes
Johnstown, PA – industrial cityscapes
Johnstown, PA - industrial cityscapes
Johnstown, PA – industrial cityscapes
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USA flag flying at the top of inclined plane

  22.07.2015 by FPImages

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