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Saltburn Cliff lift

By oldgreyheron      
These are views of the Saltburn Cliff Lift. The lift is powered by water and the current installation was commissioned in approximately 1884. The carriage at the top of the 120ft. 71degree incline has a tank which is filled with water until its weight overcomes that of the lower carriage. Gravity then takes the top carriage to the bottom and the lower to the top as they are interconnected by steel cables. There are additional controls managed by a brake man in the small cabin at the top.

Image #2 is a view from the ascending carriage of its neighbouring descending carriage.

#3 is one of the water filling system at the top (the water from the 1000 gallon tank is emptied at the bottom and pumped back to the top).

#4 shows the carriage leaving the top and #5 both carriages in transit.

#6 is a view inside the brake man's cabin.


Tags: Transport Saltburn Cliff lift

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NaturesHaven 6 283 6 England
22 Jul 2012 8:31PM
Nice to see the lifts again....used to live in Saltburn many many years ago..........SmileSmile

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Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2012 9:09PM
Interesting reportage.
It does look steep.
Amazing the faith we put in engineers.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
22 Jul 2012 11:06PM
Amazing contraption-- V6 is special!
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
23 Jul 2012 5:35AM
A grand set, Mike, reminds me of a similar lift between Lynton and Lynmouth in Devon. Carol
jdinne 15 16 England
23 Jul 2012 12:08PM
Excellent set Mike and great narrative.

ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
23 Jul 2012 6:31PM
What a brilliant system! Fantastic reportage, Mike Smile


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