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The Incline Railway of Mount Beacon ~ past, present, and future

The Incline Railway of Mount Beacon fascinated generations of Hudson Valley residents and visitors. An estimated 3.5 million rode the funicular up and down the side of the mountain from its opening in 1902 until 1978 when it ceased operations. Now through the concentrated efforts of the Mount Beacon Incline Railway Restoration Society the rails will be restored and a visitors’ center built with modern technology and green, sustainable concepts utilized.

On Thursday, May 4, Frank DiLorenzo and James Diana will come at 7 p.m. to the Sandra and Alan Gerry Forum, Room 010 of the Rowley Center for Science and Engineering at SUNY Orange to present ­"The Incline Railway of Mount Beacon ~ past, present, and future." This lecture presentation is free and open to the public and offers one PDH-CEU certificate to engineers and architects who attend.

DiLorenzo and Diana will explain the engineering and architectural designs to be used in the reconstruction. In addition to covering the history of the railway, DiLorenzo will describe the engineering that a funicular requires. Then, Diana will lay out the specifics of the design conceptual and LEED construction. Several drawings and diagrams will illustrate the plans for the railway as well as the development of the design for the new green sustainable visitors building. The visuals about the railway have been developed in cooperation with the senior design projects at Steven’s Institute of Technology of Hoboken, and the green LEED building proposals have been made by LAN Associates--Engineering Planning Architecture Surveying of Goshen.

DiLorenzo, Senior Project Manager, Mount Beacon Incline Railway Restoration Society, has had extensive experience in railroading having worked over the years for Metro North Railroad, Conrail, Penn Central, and at Grand Central Terminal. He is an active sponsor and advisor with Stevens Institute of Technology, has a degree in mechanical engineering, and is a graduate of the Pace University Land Use Law Program. He presently is president of Cobalt Concepts, Inc., Beacon. Diana AIA, LEED® AP BD+C, is an accredited design professional Associate of LAN Associates. He holds an A.A.S., from SUNY Orange, a B.Arch., from Drexel University, and was an Adjunct Instructor in the Architectural Technology program at SUNY Orange from 1998 to 2010.

Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at (845) 341-4891 and You may also check out the Cultural Affairs website at

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Dorothy Szefc
Cultural Affairs