Devils Dyke Funicular Railway

NGR TQ260112

The line only survived for about ten years as the anticipated passenger traffic never materialised, this line was unusual in the fact that the track gradient was not constant and the two cars had to be run independently.

It was an ambitious project designed to take passengers from the top of the Dyke to Poynings for afternoon tea. The graident was 1:2.9 at the bottom, 1:1.5 in the middle and 1:1.8 at the top, where a brick building housed the oil fired winding engine and also served as as the upper station. There was no lower station just a platform. The railway was closed about 1908 motor buses being easier and cheaper to use than the railway.

Little now remains, but the upper station base slab can be seen, and the route of the railway is obvious on the hillside.

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Thanks to Ian James for the historic pictures

Recent pictures (2006)

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The Stats
Date Opened 24/7/1897Length 840 ft
Gradient 1:1.5*Track Gauge 914 mm
Number of Cars 2Open to Public Yes
Funicular Type Two independant carriagesTrack layout Twin track
Power Source OilRailway Status Disapeared

* - Variable (max gradient reported)