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Hastings East Cliff Railway

By capto
East Hill Cliff Railway, or East Hill Lift, is a funicular railway located in the English seaside town of Hastings. It provides access to Hastings Country Park via the East Hill, which overlooks the Old Town and Rock-a-Nore, an area to the east of Hastings. The line provides views over the Stade, home to the largest beach launched fishing fleet in Europe.
The line is owned and operated by Hastings Borough Council and has the following technical parameters:
Length: 267 feet (81 m)
Gradient: 78%
Cars: 2
Capacity: 16 passengers per car
Configuration: Double track
Gauge: 5 ft (1,524 mm)
Traction: Electricity
The line was opened in 1903 by Hastings Borough Council. The line was originally operated on the water balance principle, and the twin towers of the upper station contained water tanks for this purpose. The line was modernised between 1973 and 1976, during which time it was converted to electric operation and new cars were provided.
The line was shut in June 2007 because of an incident where a fault in a control panel caused the cars to fail to stop at the correct point, resulting in damage to both cars and stations. In 2008, Hastings Borough Council decided on a major refurbishment involving new cars and new control and safety systems, together with repairs to the damaged stations. The line reopened in March 2010.

Tags: Landscape and travel Hastings Old Town

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28 Mar 2017 8:41AM
Excellent set Ivor, very interesting,
cats_123 Plus
18 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
28 Mar 2017 8:42AM
Great set..V3 is my favourite 😀
Ted447 Plus
9 216 1 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2017 8:47AM
Nice set of images and great info. Ted. GrinGrin
leo_nid 5 12
28 Mar 2017 8:48AM
beautiful light and much to see
and thanks for info
dimalexa 5 5 Greece
28 Mar 2017 9:07AM
Beautiful photos and very interesting info!
28 Mar 2017 9:16AM
good work Ivor well documented and reported

28 Mar 2017 9:50AM
Beautiful colour and light in three interesting images, Ivor.Smile
Mollycat Plus
8 21 2 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2017 9:52AM
Wonderful looking set and a great narrative Ivor.
Nikonuser1 Plus
9 172 16 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2017 9:58AM
A great set and write up IvorGrinGrinGrin

28 Mar 2017 10:31AM
Interesting information and a nice series
viscostatic 15 50 11 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2017 12:20PM
Beautiful images as well as interesting information Ivor.

BillRookery 6 2 4 England
28 Mar 2017 1:41PM
Great set of images
Daisymaye Plus
13 23 23 Canada
28 Mar 2017 1:58PM
Very interesting set, the write up and the pictures.
28 Mar 2017 3:32PM
Maiwand 15 3 73 England
28 Mar 2017 3:45PM
Delighted to make this excellent shot to RC Ivor.
28 Mar 2017 5:27PM
Thank goodness some things never change Ivor. Smashing set.

nonur 13 18 13 Turkey
28 Mar 2017 5:56PM
Great set and info, Ivor.
28 Mar 2017 7:41PM
Great set of captures, Ivor.
Interesting narrative too.
Chinga Plus
11 73 3 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2017 8:35PM
Great "boatabilia" set and beautifully photographed...
Isabel GrinGrin
28 Mar 2017 9:50PM
Super set Ivor. Cathy
bliba Plus
16 1 2 Austria
29 Mar 2017 8:23AM
excellent photos and very interesting info

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