When it was first opened for business in 1895, it was known as the Mount Hamilton Incline Railway. Very soon, it would be more generally known as the East End Incline.
The incline railway provided up-and-down transportation for pedestrians and horse-drawn wagons between the head of Wentworth Street South and the top of the escarpment.
The East End Incline pictured circa 1895.
The East End Incline pictured by William Chatfield in the 1920s. In 1914, the incline railway had been converted from steam to electric power, the roadbed regraded and the tracks lifted away from contact with the escarpment and replaced.
http://1910shamilton.blogspot.ca/2014/03/1914-jan-16-east-end-incline-1.html – a link regarding the state of the incline in January 1914.
Photos courtesy PreVIEW, Local History and Archives, Hamilton Public Library.