Take a ride on Britain’s oldest remaining water balanced cliff lift. The Saltburn Cliff Tramway links the Spa town of Saltburn-By-The-Sea to the pier and promenade. Saltburn-By-The-Sea is home to the only remaining pleasure pier on the entire North East and Yorkshire coast.
History of Saltburn Cliff Tramway
The Saltburn Cliff Tramway opened in 1884 to replace an earlier vertical hoist. It is the oldest water balanced funicular still in operation in Great Britain. The two cars, each fitted with a 1000 gallon water tank, run on parallel tracks. The 10-12 seater cars were rebuilt to the original Victorian design for the Saltburn 150 celebrations in 2011.
How the Saltburn Cliff Tramway works
The car at the top of the 71% incline has it’s tank filled with water until it overbalances the weight of the car 120ft below. In 1924 an electrically operated water pump was installed. Once enough water has been transferred to the car at the top, it gently descends whilst the pulley system attached to the cars pulls the lower car up the incline. The cars pass each other at the midway point and when the car reaches the bottom its water is re-pumped to the top and the process begins all over again. The cars are controlled by a brakeman at the top.
Saltburn-by-the-Sea is a Victorian seaside resort in North Yorkshire. The town boasts a number of tourist attractions including a pleasure pier, mini-golf and miniature railway. As you would expect it is very popular with tourists on warm sunny days.
Travelling to Saltburn Cliff Tramway
Saltburn Cliff Tramway is located on the cliffside in the picturesque Victorian seaside town of Saltburn-By-The-Sea. There is plenty of public parking in and around the town.
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