Saltburn Cliff Lift


The Saltburn Cliff Lift is a working Victorian tramway that descends 120 feet down the cliff to the lower promenade at the east coast seaside resort of Saltburn near Redcar. The Saltburn Cliff Lift was officially opened on 28th June 1884 and has transported thousands of holidaymakers up and down the cliff for over 130 years.

Originally there was a vertical hoist on the cliff edge which was designed by John Andrew. It was a timber frame construction which was kept in place by guy ropes. The hoist operated for fourteen years prior to the building of the Saltburn Cliff Lift and could transport twenty people at any one time. However in 1883, the hoist was deemed unsafe and a new solution had to be sort which is where the idea for the Saltburn Cliff Lift came following successful implementations of similar tramways in nearby Scarborough further down the coast.

The construction of the new cliff lift did not take long and was up and running within a year. Very little has changed with the way the cliff lift operates and today it is only one of two water powered tramways in the country. In 1998, the Saltburn Cliff Lift underwent a major service when the main winding wheel was replaced and a hydraulic braking system was added. Prior to this, the only major change was in 1924 when the water pump which was powered by the town's gas main was replaced by an electric one.

The fare for the short journey costs 65p each way and although very short (the length of the track is 207 feet), it is an enjoyable step back in time, and credit must go to the people of Saltburn and the Tees Valley Partnership for keeping this fantastic old tramway in service.

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Jim dungey Says:
September 28th, 2010 at 9:22 PM

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