"Place, with a trace of humanity" Photography/Photo of the Day/Pittsburgh

Incline Operator

Meet Chuck Wise.  He says his job has its “ups and downs.”  You can find him on youtube he told me!    Thanks for the tour, Chuck.  I was showing fellow blogger Vastly Curious around the Burgh Wednesday night, all the fine sights (  the city view on Grandview Avenue in Mount Washington)

Brrrr it was windy out on the platform.

Churck Wise (like the potato chip he reminded me so I’d spell his name right) has been operating the incline for about 15 years, just as his Great Grandfather did.

He graciously allowed me to photograph and blog him.. Thanks Chuck.

Chuck Wise in door 003

Opened to Public: May 20, 1877
Cost to Build: $47,000
Length of Track: 794 feet
Elevation: 400 feet
Grade: 30.5 degrees
Speed: 6 miles per hour
Passenger: Capacity 18 per car
Chuck Wise on Controls 002
Incline 007
Incline 004
Incline 006

15 responses

  1. You got some great photos of a really nice generational guy! Bravo!

    January 16, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    • I enjoyed being the tour guide of Pittsburgh tonight. That was fun!

      January 16, 2013 at 11:27 pm

  2. PS- Nice stats. !!!

    January 16, 2013 at 11:27 pm

  3. Keith

    Nice series, Ruth.

    January 16, 2013 at 11:56 pm

  4. spectacular view, and a lovely guy!

    January 17, 2013 at 2:11 am

  5. Sue Reinfeld

    I always love your views of Pittsburgh. Meeting the guy that runs the incline takes it to another level.

    January 17, 2013 at 7:02 am

    • Joyce

      Totally agree with Sue! Thanks so much, Ruth.

      January 17, 2013 at 5:19 pm

  6. Great photos and interview.


    January 17, 2013 at 7:34 am

  7. connie

    Great PR for the city. I need to put the “Visit the Incline” on my To Do list for the next visit to PA!

    January 17, 2013 at 10:23 am

  8. Linda Kauffman

    Ruthie: That photo of Pgh with the dark sky is the best I have ever seen! No, really! Can we talk about a reproduction? Linda Kauffman

    January 17, 2013 at 10:30 am

  9. Vincie

    Gorgeous photo of the city!

    January 17, 2013 at 11:12 am

  10. Beautiful shots, Ruth. That last photo is a real stunner.

    January 17, 2013 at 4:33 pm

  11. Janice V

    Agree! That is an amazing photo of the city (love the others too, of course). I like Linda’s idea – I’d pay good money for a copy!

    January 17, 2013 at 6:23 pm

  12. Oh wow, your last photo is AMAZING.

    January 18, 2013 at 10:18 pm

  13. Pingback: Incline in the Snow « Ruth E Hendricks Photography

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