The Company requested and received approval from the City to adjust the agreement allowing seasonal closures from November 1 to April 1. The first winter closure occurred between 1910 and 1911, and the second between 1911 and 1912. Before opening in March, 1912 the City declared the hoist unsafe. Rather than pay to remedy the defects, the company chose to sell the operation.
The Donald Ross Incline Railway Company encouraged the City to take up the operation, as they felt it still provided an important service to Edmonton’s citizens, however the City declined. Likely influenced by the City disapproval of the safety and condition of the railway machinery and increasing competition with the soon-to-open High Level Bridge, no one came forward with an interest in purchasing the railway.