Johnstown Inclined Plane opens after 2 months for cable fix

Johnstown’s Inclined Plane has reopened just in time for the western Pennsylvania city’s busy summer festival season.

The (Johnstown) Tribune-Democrat reports the incline began running again Sunday after being shut down for nearly two months so its cable could be fixed.

The incline has become a tourist attraction in the city about 60 miles east of Pittsburgh, but was built in 1891 to help residents of the city escape floods like the 1889 catastrophe that wiped out much of the city and killed 2,209 people. The incline was used to evacuate people during major floods in 1936 and 1977 but is now run by the Cambria County Transit Authority primarily to give visitors a scenic view of the city.

The 896-foot-long incline lifts riders more than 500 feet above the city at a 71 percent grade.

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