Prospect Mountain - Another ghost funicular
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** I am back blogging after a long way away due to my move back to the Netherlands. I still want to complete the blog so here we go again! **
Due to a somewhat strangely planned travel itinerary I found myself this morning in a hotel near Albany New York, with plans to drive to Vermont heading back to the north to Lake George, the city I had stayed two days ago. This all because my eye caught a brochure of Prospect Mountain near Lake George NY. It appears that Prospect Mountain used to have a funicular, which had been decommissioned, turning the tracks into another ghost track.
Prospect Mountain is actually not a really high mountain. With a summit altitude of 616 meters (20202 ft) it raises 'only' 506 meters (1660 ft) above Lake George. Despite that the mountain has been popular with tourists visiting the Lake George area, since it offers great views, some 160 km (100 miles) away. In the 1870s a hotel was built on the mountain's summit which could be reached via a carriage road.
To provide better access a funicular was constructed in just six months, to be opened in summer 1895, the Prospect Mountain Cable Incline Railway. The Otis Company completed the job for just 120.000 USD. The line of 2020 meters (6626 ft) negotiated a height level of 486 meters (1,595 ft) with gradients ranging from 13 to 38%.
The highway is still available as a toll road. I preferred to get to the top hiking. Via the abandoned tracks of the funicular. The trail does not follow the track completely but enough to see some old remnants which come to a climax at the summit where some old iron cogwheels are left in a ruin which once was the engine room of the funicular. Very nice.
The famous view did also not disappoint and made the trip, together with some intense fall colours a trip very worthwhile.
More pictures below.