St Michael's Mount Cliff Railway

SW 515 297

A freight railway, contained in a tunnel to bring goods up to the House.

The old winding wheel - Lower Station The old winding wheel - Lower Station Old hydraulic motor New wagon New wagon Lower Station Lower Station Lower Station Tunnel Roller Tunnel The controls (lower) Upper Station A Carriage Upper Station Coal Station Coal Station Old winding wheel (Upper) New Wagon Old (temp) wagon Old (temp) wagon Rails on Wharf Rails on Wharf

This funicular runs alomst entirly in a tunnel under St Michaels Mount cornwall. The line starts at the quay and then passes through the tunnel under garden (cut and cover type) and eventually into the bedrock under the the buildings to the top of the hill. The railway is used to carry goods up and down to the house. The lift is not used for passengers. In 2006 I was allowed to see this railway which is not generally open to the public. I would like to thank David Ladner for his time taken showing me around.

The Stats
Date Opened ?/8/1912Length 200 m
Gradient 1:1.9*Track Gauge 1372 mm
Number of Cars 1Open to Public No
Funicular Type Modern lower station poweTrack layout Single Track
Power Source 1912 - mid 1920s Gas
Mid 1920's - Electric
Railway Status In Use

* - Variable (max gradient reported)