A Forgotten American Train Journey

Once called “the grandest scenic trip on Earth,” the Mount Lowe Railway transported passengers through miles of mountainous vistas high above southern California. Conceived by American inventor Thaddeus Lowe in the late 1800s, the short-lived venture was forced to permanently close in 1936 after it failed to draw the crowds needed to keep it in operation. Lowe eventually went into bankruptcy and lost the railway and, now, rusted gears and abandoned tracks are all that’s left of the historic transit. Head to Messy Nessy Chic to read more about its history.