Coming on the heels of the recently published book on the Mt. Beacon Incline, the Mount Beacon Incline Railway Restoration Society has announced the opening of a six-month exhibition. Entitled Along the Mt. Beacon Incline Railway: Past, Present & Future, the exhibition explores the initiative to bring back the Mt. Beacon Incline through the lenses of a historic narrative and an eye towards the future.
As Beacon, in Dutchess County, continues to transform and revitalize, the organizers argue, the Incline’s restoration provides a unique opportunity to connect the past with the future in a way that is meaningful to the city’s heritage and relevant to the community of today.
The exhibit is being hosted at Clarkson University’s Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries’ Main Street gallery space in Beacon.
The exhibit installations are constructed around the themes that are found in the recently published book, Along the Mount Beacon Incline Railway. “One of the themes is river-transportation and how it and the street trolley service ultimately connected all three components of the city, the river, the mountain, and Main Street,” says Railway Resotrian Society President James McHugh, “another theme that is showcased is that of accessibility and how a restored Incline would make it possible for people of all abilities to experience the summit and view these breathtaking vistas.”
The exhibition, which features large format photography, digital video, animation and renderings, runs through March 6th, 2016.
The Beacon Institute for Rivers & Estuaries gallery is located at 199 Main Street, in Beacon NY. The exhibition hours are Saturdays and Sundays, from 11 am to 3 pm; Monday through Thursday, 9 am to 5 pm; and Fridays 9 am to 1 pm (closed holidays).
The Mount Beacon Incline Railway Restoration Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit Historical Society with a mission is to restore, operate and maintain the Incline Railway on Beacon Mountain, the highest peak in New York’s Hudson Highlands. The railway is primarily located in Mount Beacon Park, land owned and preserved by Scenic Hudson. More information, and a short video illustrating the Incline Railway restoration can be found at inclinerailway.org
Photo of the ruins of the Incline Railway provided.