1895, The Beginning
Leaving Upper Station
Looking down the mountain
From the inside, looking out
Treats at upper station
Treats at lower station
The Incline Railway has been around a long, long time. I am sure most of you have either heard about it, have seen pictures before, or some have even been brave enough to ride it. I rode it one time and that was enough for me! Many have spent some time there while on vacation.
The Lookout Mountain Incline Railway is an inclined plane railway located along the side of Lookout Mountain in the historic St. Elmo neighborhood of Chattanooga, Tennessee, in the United States. Passengers are transported from St. Elmo's Station at the base, to Point Park at the mountain summit, which overlooks the city and the Tennessee River. The railway is approximately one mile (1.6 km) in length (single track except for a short two-track stretch (passing loop) at the midway point, allowing operation of two cars at one time), and has a maximum grade of 72.7%. It is billed as one of the world's steepest passenger railways.
I'm going to have a vacation!
I'll leave all my housework behind,
And not have to do any cooking;
I'll forget all the daily grind!
I'll bask in the sunshine—don't worry!—
And so all the things that are right;
I'll enjoy myself every minute,
And I'll go to a dance each night!
But when my vacation is over
And I pack my glad rags, alone,
I'll be happy—so very happy!—
For, really, there's no place like home!
~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, "My Vacation" (1940s)