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Front view of gravity car filled with passengers ready to coast down the mountain. The conductor is on the left side of the car. A man is standing next to the car on the left. The summit tavern is seen up the hill behind the gravity car. Part of the top of Mount Tamalpais may be seen at the top of the photo. Passengers on the "Crookedest Railroad" had the option of coasting back to Mill Valley or Muir Woods by gravity car or returning by the regular mountain train. The railroad ran from 1896 to 1930 using eight miles of track to ascend the half mile high mountain.