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Pittsburgh May 21, 2010

by Chris Guenzler

After that great trip on the Kiski Junction Railroad Randy and I headed to Pittsburgh stopping at Wendy's for a lunch to go. Once there we headed to Mckee Rocks and found something of interest.

Pittsburgh and Ohio Central 1545. From here we found the Union Steam Engine in town.

Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad "Texas Type" Steam Engine 643. From here we drove to the parking lot for the Duquesne Incline.

The bottom house of the Duquesne Incline. We paid $4.00 for the round trip and a few minutes later we started the trip up the Duquesne Incline. The Duquesne Incline climbs 400 feet above the Three Rivers has an angle of 30 degrees and a length of 800 feet.

The trip and views from going up the Duquesne Incline.

The view from the top of the Duquesne Incline. We took the second car back down to the bottom.

The view from the bottom of the Duquesne Incline looking up. Next we drove and parked at Station Square then we walked over to the Pittsburgh Light Rail to board the next train out of the Station Square Station.

Pictures of the Light Rail at the Station Square Station. This Blue Line Train took us out to Library. We left Station Square and went through the joint bus/light rail Transit Tunnel out to south Hills Junction. Here we left the Orange Line and stopped or passed through stations at Boggs, Bon Air, Denise, South Bank, McNeilly, Killarney, Memorial Hall, Willow, Martin Villa, St Anne's, Smith Road, Washington Junction, Mine 3, Hillcrest, Lindermer, Center, Lyle, Mesta, South Park Road, Monroe, Latimer, Sarah, Logan Road, King's Smith Road, Beagle, Sandy Creek, West Library and the final stop Library. The operator then nicely told me no photo's of the Light Rail are allowed on Port Authority property. I thanked him telling him I was from California and would stop taking pictures. Randy and I had to go and find dollar bills as they do not have a day pass.

After visiting a bar and pizza shop we returned to the station with this picture of the Library Station from the grade crossing. We reboarded and paid for a ticket with a transfer for our next trip. We headed back to Washington Junction and crossed over to the other platform and boarded a train to South Hills Village. The car stopped at Casswell, Highland, Santa Barbara, Bethel Village, Dorchester and detrained at South Hills Village. From here we boarded the next train back to Willow also known as Overbrook Junction and boarded a waiting Red Line for Downtown Pittsburgh. Our stations on the Red Line were Castle Shannon, Arlington. Poplar, Mt. Lebannon before we passed through the Mt. Lebannon Tunnel. Next stop was Dormont Junction, Kelton, Potomac, Stevenson, Neeld, Shiras, Boustead, Belasco, Coast, Hampshire, Fallowfield, Westfield, Pennant, Traymore, Dawn and Palm Garden before we rejoined the mainline at South Hills Junction. We traveled back through the Transit Tunnel and stopped at Station Square. We then crossed the Monongahela River and entered downtown Pittsburgh. We stopped at First Avenue, Steel Plaza and the final stop at Wood Street. From here we retraced are steps back to the Station Square station ending a fantastic trip on the Pittsburgh Light Rail. I walked over to the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Station.

The Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Station.

Caboose 153.

Two passenger cars on display here.

Light Rail on the bridge across the Monongahela River.

The Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Station.

CSX 7827 West at Station Square.

The Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Station. From here we drove to PNC Park and parked across the street.

The Home Plate Entrance of PNC Park. We went up to the top level to seats behind home plate and I picked up a foot long hot dog which was excellent. The seats had a great view of not only the field but downtown Pittsburgh.

The Pittsburgh Steelers Football Stadium.

The scoreboard of PNC Park.

Views from our seats.

A hedge behind the center field fence spells Pirates.

View of the Pittsburgh Pirate Mascot.

Welcome to PNC Park.

Views during the game.

A Riverboat passed the stadium during the game.

Stadium views.

One last view of the field. The Atlanta Braves crushed the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-0. We drove to the Super 8 in Uniontown for the night.