Wednesday, April 15, 2015


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)


  1. That's so neat! There used to be an incline up a mountain in Roanoke. I wish it was still there.

  2. I have been on this before and it was scary! It is a lovely area!

  3. I would love to give it a try! I rode the one in Gatlinburg and enjoyed the ride. The view is so worth it! Nice history lesson, Linda! Fun little poem at the end, too! Have a good rest of the day! Hello to Jim and the fur-babies!

  4. I would ride it! Looks like fun. You know, of late I've grown weary of vacations. Tired of spending good hard money to be miserable and eat food that's barely palatable, I guess. So I agree with the poem, there's NO place like home!
    Luv ~:)

  5. Yes, so true! I just returned from a mini vacation and yes... there is NO place like home:) I have been to the Incline Railway many years ago:) Loved it! Have a blessed week dear friend, HUGS!

  6. I would ride it! I'm not a fan of heights, but it would be easier to put up with in the train. I like the poem!