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Cliff Tramway, Saltburn


Saltburn Cliff TramwayThe iconic Cliff Tramway at Saltburn-by-the Sea connects the town with the lower promenade, pier and beach - 120ft (37m) below the cliff. The tramway was opened on the 28th of June 1884. It is a funicular (operated by cable with counterbalanced ascending and descending carriages) tramway. Water is pumped from a spring in the cliff to be held into a storage cistern. Water is then transferred into the upper carriage when weight is needed to allow descent. The lower carriage is pulled up by the descent of the upper carriage. When the carriage reaches the bottom its water is re-pumped to the carriage at the top and the process begins again. It was the third such system built in Britain, and is now the earliest surviving example of a water balanced funicular tramway. The upper building (brakeman's cabin) and larger lower building (pay office, engine room, and waiting room/shop) are both Grade II* listed on the National Heritage List for England.

A £30,000 refit of the carriages, funded by Redcar and Cleveland Council, was undertaken in the winter of 2010. The carriages were removed for their first off-site overhaul since 1992, and an intercom system was also added. The carriages were placed back on their tracks by a crane and the tramway reopened in April 2011.[1] The tramway was also closed in September 2019 for the installation of a new hydraulic pump and for its twice-yearly inspection, but remained shut during the Covid-19 lockdowns; the tramway reopened on 2nd June 2022.[2]

Saltburn-by-the-Sea 1884 Lower Building, Cliff Tramway, Saltburn Upper Building, Cliff Tramway, Saltburn
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Saltburn Hillside Railway

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Cars passing on Saltburn Cliff Railway

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Waiting to descend

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The ascent of the Saltburn Cliff Tramway

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Saltburn Cliff Lift

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Saltburn Cliff Tramway

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Saltburn Cliff Lift

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Saltburn Cliff Lift Car

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Cliff Lift On Acid

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Car, Funicular railway, Saltburn-by-the-sea

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Stained Glass Window in Cliff Lift, Saltburn by the Sea

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Saltburn Funicular - Tramway - Cliff Lift

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Saltburn by the Sea 09-06-2015

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Saltburn Funicular

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Saltburn-by-the-Sea

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Saltburn-by-the-Sea cliff railway

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Saltburn by the Sea 09-06-2015

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The funicular railway, Saltburn-by-the-Sea

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Saltburn Cliff Lift

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Saltburn by the Sea 09-06-2015

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Saltburn cliff lift carriages returned

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Saltburn Cliff Lift Lower Station

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Plaque Saltburn Cliff Hoist - Saltburn

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Saltburn cliff lift carriage refit complete
- BBC Tees - 10 April 2011 "....Two landmark water-powered cliff lift carriages are due to be lifted back into place after a £30,000 refit. The Victorian funicular at Saltburn opened ...

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Saltburn's funicular tramway reopens after two years
- BBC Tees - 3rd June 2022 - "...An iconic cliff tramway has reopened after maintenance problems and the pandemic closed it for two years. Saltburn's Victorian funicular, which carries visitors up ...

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