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81 Years Ago


September 2, 1938 was the day that the Grand Coulee Dam car skip was completed for use. The $30,000 incline allowed fully loaded railroad cars to be lowered from the regular government railroad, at the west end of the dam, down to the trestle deck spanning the top of the dam construction area. The skip connected the two levels that were 130 feet apart in height with a 200-foot-long incline. Measured another way, the grade was a shockingly steep 80%. Railroad cars would be rolled on a platform over the skip runway. The platform would then roll downhill with the aid of a counterweight. A hois...

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