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Inclined Railways

Hamilton Transit History

Inclined Railways

The city of Hamilton is a two-tiered city. A little more than 3 km from the shores of Lake Ontario is the Niagara Escarpment, a 90-metre high limestone cliff. Scaling this cliff was vital if Hamilton was to continue to expand as a city, and so in order to get people and wagons from the top to the bottom, 3 inclined railways were chartered. Two of these were actually built in the 1890s; the third at Ottawa St was not.

Unbuilt Inclines

Bayview Park Incline Railway

Hamilton and Barton Incline Railway (James Street Incline)

Mount Hamilton Incline Railway/Wentworth Street Incline Railway (East-End Incline)

Ottawa Street Incline Railway