NEW YORK TIMES - For modern travelers, transportation is less a marvel than a necessity, and it can be joyless: squishing into a sticky airplane seat, grabbing a still-warm subway pole or slumping behind a steering wheel and hoping you make it home in time for supper. But in 1902, when the Mount Beacon Incline Railway — then the world’s steepest passenger funicular — began operations in Beacon, N.Y., the journey was still paramount...

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