Calstock Lift

NGR SX430690

An viaduct was constructed of concrete blocks and supported by 12 arches each of 60 foot span. The rails are 120 feet above river level. Next to this a 113 foot high wagon lift was constructed to provide access to the sidings on the Quays This could hold one 4-wheeled open wagon carrying approx. 15 tons and was powered by a steam boiler and winding engine at the top. Its arrival at its destination was heralded by a bell.

The wagon lift was kept open after mining ceased for the shipment of local bricks & granite. However, in 1912 the lift man was dispensed with as little use was being made of the hoist by then. The lift was dismantled in 1934.