Broadstairs Cliff Railway

NGR TR398678

Broadstairs Cliff Railway, Folkestone, Kent. The line is no longer in use and only the stations can now be seen. The railway is totally enclosed in the cliff a single car design could carry 12 people. Its operation was unique in being counterbalanced with a concrete weight travelling in a brick lined shaft. The railway was built in 1910 by Messrs Waygood and Co. It was run by Ken Kneeshaw until 1991 when he could no longer maintain it with his resources and despite some attempts to restore the lift it is still disused. The top has now been built over the lower station still exisit.

Top Station

Lower Station Lower Station

The Lift 2008 The Lift 2008

The Stats
Date Opened ?/?/1910Length 37 m
Gradient 45°Track Gauge 1600 mm
Number of Cars 1Open to Public Yes
Funicular Type Single liftTrack layout Single Track
Power Source ElectricRailway Status Closed