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Although it looks odd, this inclined plane is operating normally. It's billed as the "steepest vehicular inclined plane" in the world, the word vehicular referring to it's capability of carrying cars up and down the 70.9% grade. It is termed a "funicular" inclined plane since it uses two cars that counterbalance each other and always move in opposite directions. The lower car in this shot actually has an auto aboard.
It was built to serve a new suburb on the hilltop after a flood in 1889 killed more than 2200 people. In 1936 when floodwaters again threatened the city, the inclined plane was able to evacuate almost 4,000 residents.
I've posted a workshop closeup showing the undercarriage and a car aboard.

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