Originally Posted by Top Of The Park
....what are those red cable like cars on the hillside? Seems like such a short distance to serve a real purpose.
Well, it's a 400 foot drop from the top to the bottom. When these were built, (1870's) there was a large industrial complex, and a very vile residential area located at the foot of this hill. The incline opened up the areas at the top of the hill and beyond, for residential development. There were once 17 (I believe) inclines in the city. Only two are left, and they serve largely as tourist attractions (especially the on shown, which is the Duquesne Incline).
I used a long lens on those pics, which tends to compress and make the distance look shorter. This pic from the incline's home page Duquesne Incline
gives a better idea of how high up it goes.
I don't think you want to make that walk.