Duquesne Incline Operator Revisited

Here’s Chuck Wise again, manning the controls of the Duquesne Incline.  He’s been operating the incline for twenty years.  During the day he delivers flowers. He ‘graciously allowed me to photograph him again and you can tell there was a Pirates Game Wednesday night.

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Here is the orginal post. .  Blog Post -Incline Operator in January 2013.

Atop the Stump at the Farm etc.

And a few other pics for the second ATOP gallery.

  I was talking with my friend today and said I don’t think I use the word atop in my everyday vocabulary.  But I seem to have a few photos from the archives that illustrate it.

At Chuck and Sharon’s farm in Crestline, OH

grandkids atop roofGrandkids atop the playhouse in the backyard, a few years ago.

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People ready to scream atop Phantom’s Revenge at Kennywood

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Duquesne Incline atop Mt. Washington Pittsburgh PA

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Wonder Bread sign in Columbus OH

xmas tree atop fenceChristmas Tree atop fence post on Arlington Avenue

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St. Mary of the Mount atop Mt. Washington Pittsburgh

Between Okanogan and Spokane

Landscape is the weekly photo challenge, “typically displayed in a horizontal orientation” Cheri Lucas Rowlands  

You can see I shot this landscape in a vertical orientation as well.

(August 2006 when visiting my brother in Washington)

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Primitive road

Screen shots from online storage are not the best resolution.  Have to dig out an external hard drive to hunt for 2006 landscapes original files from Washington trip.

 

and another favorite landscape is a cityscape of Pittsburgh at Night

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Pittsburgh Skyline, Incline and Sea of Fog

Pittsburgh in Fog

Made the decision to turn right at the mouth of the Liberty Tunnel, go to Mount Washington and photograph the city in fog on the way to school this morning.

I thought the above shot was best with the gift of light on the incline car, as it prepared to head down the mountain. No tripod although there was a man with one.  I stabilized my camera on the iron fence.

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Of course, the light changes every moment as the sunrises in the east.  All shots taken with 24-70 lens on the Canon 5D Mark ii

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One vertical shot. Light and dark/ Cloud and shadow.

Trying to get the best view in the frame.

Being there. looking at the city in the fog,  was a magnificent experience. The limits of photography.

It felt like being in a plane but you’re standing on a concrete platform by the incline, looking at the city disappear in a foggy sea. Wasn’t it just last week I was photographing the icy river and the barge lane?  Today felt like early Spring.

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More in Depth

Still thinking about depth.  A second gallery for the weekly challenge.  What draws your eye into the picture.

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Rolling Pins in Mathews Antiques, Ohio

Homestead Smokestacks

Homestead Stacks through a rainy windshield

Duquesne Incline Tracks

Duquesne Incline Tracks from Below

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Looking down into the box of  Bird Bath Birds at the Antique Store.

St. John Ukranian Church window

Two door windows.

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City View from Incline Ride- The Monongahela River

The city is there, I swear

On the way to school, I drove up McArdle Roadway to Mount Washington.

This is shot from the Duquesne Incline Platform.   A blanket of October 1st fog.

Almost a Wordless Wednesday.

Pittsburgh in fog

Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio -Three Rivers

Threes.  Many things come in threes. It’s a strong number- a favorite number of many.

Still on the theme of three with a triptych story with the suggested 3 pictures will be coming in the near future……………

Thanks Mark for this thought on the Three Rivers even though the stadium by that name was demolished in 2001

(see implosion below)

Panorama from the Duquesne Incline platform
Panorama from the Duquesne Incline platform

Allegheny River on the left

Monongahela River on the right

Forming the Ohio River at the triangular point!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Incline in the Snow

I returned to the Duquesne Incline platform on Monday evening as I arrived from Ohio.  Not quite as much snow as I thought there would be.

Taken just as the sun sank in the sky and the temperatures dropped.  Will try again, a different winter day.

Couldn’t wait any longer to shoot when the sky was darker as it was too windy and cold.  You might have liked the night time version better.

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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.

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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
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