A change of venue, Mt. Beacon Incline Railway.

A little glimpse into the past.

Mt. Beacon Incline Railway History PDF

Mount Beacon Incline Railway – 1902

Uploaded by on Jul 24, 2009

Visit http://www.inclinerailway.org to learn more about the non-profit society dedicated to restoring the Mount Beacon Incline Railway in Beacon, New York.

Mount Beacon Incline Railway – 1946

Uploaded by on Aug 20, 2010

Visit http://www.inclinerailway.org to learn more about the non-profit society dedicated to restoring the Mount Beacon Incline Railway in Beacon, New York. This video is courtesy of Ron Wallace and RonRail Pictures. It is excerpted from RonRail’s “Empire State Trolleys.” The film is also courtesy of the National Railroad Historical Society (NRHS), North Jersey Chapter. The footage was shot by Mr. Al Cramer, a distinguished early member of that chapter.

Mount Beacon Incline Railway – 1974 Part I

Uploaded by on Mar 21, 2010

Visit http://www.inclinerailway.org to learn more about the non-profit society dedicated to restoring the Mount Beacon Incline Railway in Beacon, New York. This video is courtesy of Michael P. Metz.

Mount Beacon Incline Railway – 1974 Part II

Uploaded by on Mar 21, 2010

Visit http://www.inclinerailway.org to learn more about the non-profit society dedicated to restoring the Mount Beacon Incline Railway in Beacon, New York. This video is courtesy of Michael P. Metz.

Hike Mount Beacon Park, Beacon, Hudson Valley, VISIT vortex

Uploaded by on Sep 23, 2010

http://www.visitvortex.com From the parking area an old road leads to the remains of the station house, where passengers used to board the Mount Beacon Incline Railway. The trail starts with a stairway containing an observation deck that offers the first views over the valley. The trail continues switchbacking up the steep slopes. A spur to the right leads to a second observation deck built by volunteers. Atop the summit are the remains of the incline railway’s wheelhouse, including impressive remnants of the original machinery. Passing the foundations of the Beaconcrest Hotel and Casino (in reality a dance hall), the trail leads to spectacular views of the City of Beacon, the Hudson Valley, and the Hudson Highlands. Driving Directions: The parking area and trailhead are located at the intersection of Route 9D and Howland Avenue in the City of Beacon.

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15 Responses to A change of venue, Mt. Beacon Incline Railway.

  1. Greetings! I’ve been following your website for a while now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Austin Tx! Just wanted to tell you keep up the good work!

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  3. Interesting post Bob! What an engineering marvel it was. So sad to see that it was completely destroyed. That was a true part of Americana. Loved the guy sliding down the rail & waving at the camera. Thanks for sharing!

    MR

  4. I’d like to find out more? I’d love to find out some additional information.

  5. upaces88 says:

    This is who WE are. WE ARE a strong nation with hard working people. THOSE people are examples of the REAL AMERICA. You work hard and go home to your family for dinner.
    Gosh…I remember as a child getting in the car with my mother to drive to Convair (General Dynamics-Ft. Worth, TX) to pick up my Daddy one Christmas Season. On the way home, We watched the planes take off at Carlswell AFB. That was such a thrill!
    Right now? I am a 10 yr old child remembering picking my Daddy up from work. He was tired but HE WORKED and he was proud of his work!

    I have no experience remembering any railroads….

    • I remember when we were kids, our folks would take us to the small regional airport near where we lived to watch the planes come and go. Talk about cheap entertainment!

      MR

      • upaces88 says:

        My daddy was “PROUD” of working on the F-111 at General Dynamics. That sucker was HUGE!
        http://americannationalmilitia.com/is-it-time/

        • And he had every right to be!

          Pride seems to be one of the many traits lacking in today’s society.

          MR

          • upaces88 says:

            I am, more than likely, going to sound as though I was not in today’s reality after I went to work.
            This was MY Reality:
            My parents raised me with not just ethics but with WORK ETHICS. If you work for a man, or an entire company, it doesn’t matter if you are making the $1.25 an hour (when I started working) to $30 an hour. YOU WORK FOR HIM (or the company); and your time belongs to them!. You didn’t complain, piss ‘n moan, YOU WORKED or you lost your job to be replaced by someone else.
            It WAS just that simple!
            I raised my daughter the same way; however, it became very clear to me that my way of thinking had become obsolete. I went to work at a privately owned company and I have NEVER seen such a “loony-tune” place in my entire life. Young women were punching someone in the face IN THE WORKPLACE because they didn’t agree on something! AND IT WAS ALLOWED!!! I don’t do that! Fortunately or unfortunately, I was raised to have dignity and you just DO NOT go around punching people in the face because you don’t agree with them.

            When I didn’t “adapt” (their words), I was threatened with my job. It had nothing to do with NOT doing the work. I was told, “You do not know how to get along with the other employees!” Huh???
            They played vicious passive aggressive games to “get RID” of the person who was the supervisor so they could have the job. Yet, they didn’t know HOW to do the entire job in the first couple of days. The YOUNG people seem to have the attitude that “If I am here, I DESERVE TO BE THE BOSS!” Huh?

            I NEEDED the job so I began “documenting all of the behaviors” and when I was threatened, I told them what I was doing. Now, they did leave me alone for a while but they made my life miserable. This is NOT the way it is supposed to be!

    • boudicabpi says:

      My parents house is at the foot of Mt. Beacon about 1/2 mile north of the Incline Railway. My mom still lives there. As kids we often hike up to the casino by a different route, not along the incline and sometimes a free ride down. No video games or computers back then. Unless it was raining mom would kick us out to play outside.

  6. upaces88 says:

    O’ My Lord, what great video(s)…….1902. Makes me feel pleased and happy inside.
    And, WE built that!

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