Real Photograph Chattanooga TN Incline Railroad up Lookout Mountain Real Photo Circa 1930 by Photographer Signed WM Cline 3 and 5 8ths by 2 and a half printed on Velox Photo Paper 1 by UpNorth Memories - Donald (Don) Harrison, via Flickr
Leo Lambert formed a corporation to re-open the Lookout Mountain Cave as a tourist attraction after having visited the cave on many occasions as a boy. Here the investors gather to start the drilling of an elevator shaft to reach the old cave that was intersected by the RR tunnel in 1909.
A few months later, the Lookout Mountain Incline Railway began operations from St. Elmo up to the northern point of the mountain. Using cables to pull 24-passenger cars up slopes as steep as 33 degrees, the 4,360-ft railway terminated at the Point Hotel. From there, one could travel on a narrow-gauge steam line that ran along the western cliffs to Sunset Rock and later to Natural Bridge. Both the incline and the narrow-gauge (known as the Mount Lookout Railroad) opened in early 1887.