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Southend Cliff Railway
Southend on Sea SS1 1DT
Southend Cliff Railway - The shortest funicular railway in Britain and the only single track funicular railway.
The shortest funicular railway in Britain and the only single track funicular railway.
On August Bank Holiday 1912 the Cliff Lift was opened for the first time. It was built by Waygood and Co.
In 1930 improvements were made to the lift including adding a new carriage. More improvements were made to the lift in 1959, including new upper and lower stations, refurbished electrical and winding gear and another new carriage. A third carriage was added in 1990, with new ramps that improved access for pushchairs and the disabled.
In 2003 a malfunction brought operations to a halt and the lift was out of action for 7 years until Heritage Lottery funding allowed the Cliff Gardens, including the Lift stations, to be restored. By 2006 the work on the Cliff Lift stations was completed, and on Tuesday 25th May 2010, the Cliff Lift was officially re-opened by the Mayor of Southend.