PROFESSOR THADDEUS LOWE

MOUNT LOWE RAILWAY 

The Great Incline

The Great Incline or Mountain Elevator was about 2,590 feet long and rose 1,238 feet in elevation from 1,954 feet at Rubio Canyon to 3,192 feet at Echo Mountain. The incline started out at a slope of 57 percent and increased to almost 62 percent before dropping back to 52 percent and finished at 39 percent at the top. Because of the two major bends in the incline, you could not see the top from the bottom, or the bottom from the top. This meant that the passengers on the incline cars could not see the other car until both cars were near the passing tracks at the center turnout. After they had passed at the turnout they would again lose sight of the opposing car as the car traveling up went over the bend and onto the 52 percent grade. Mt. Lowe Power, page 7.

Thaddeus Lowe (top left) with guests circa 1893 at start of Great Incline

(Courtesy of Huntington Library)

Thaddeus Lowe and California Governor H. H. Markham

(Courtesy of Greg Snyder - great great grandson of Governor H. H. Markham)

Henry Huntington (second from left in middle row) circa 1902

(Courtesy of Huntington Library)

Panoramic view of incline railway in 1895

(Courtesy of Los Angeles County Library)

(Courtesy of Greg Snyder - great great grandson of Governor H. H. Markham)

Rubio car at incline beginning

(webmaster collection)

Echo and Alpine cars passing each other on incline

(Courtesy of Los Angeles County Library)

Looking down the incline from passing tracks

(Courtesy of Los Angeles County Library)

Top of Incline in Later Years

(webmaster collection)

Great Incline in 1929

(webmaster collection)


INDEX PAGE

BEFORE THE WAR

CIVIL WAR YEARS

INVENTIONS AND INDUSTRY

NORRISTOWN PENNSYLVANIA YEARS

PASADENA CALIFORNIA YEARS

MOUNT LOWE RAILWAY

AFTER THE RAILWAY

LOWE FAMILY

BOOKS ABOUT LOWE

NEWSPAPER ARTICLES

EVENTS AND REUNIONS

ARTIFACTS AND HISTORY

ENCYCLOPEDIA BIOGRAPHY

ACCLAMATIONS AND AWARDS

LINKS TO OTHER THADDEUS LOWE WEBSITES