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Lynton & Lynmouth (England)

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Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway
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General Vue
Lynmouth is located at the sea level and Lynton on the top of the hill.
In the XIXth century, the tourists arriving by boats from Bristol had to climb this steep hill to reach Lynton. For years the best way was to use donkeys!
In 1887 a project was launched to link the two cities by a funicular railway. The Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway company was created and the incline was officialy opened on April 19th, 1890.
Since this day it is still the same company which is operating with the same equipment and technology. Only the upper part of the cars was reshaped.
The Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway is a water counterbalanced funicular. The water is taken from the West Lyn river and brought to the Lynton top station by a one mile pipe.
The Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway is listed Grade II.
My opinion
By Michel Azéma
The 6th April 2001 I visited for the first time Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway. My goal was to visit one of the most famous funiculars of Great Britain.
I was expecting to discover a very classical water powered incline. But in fact I was completely surprised and fascinated. The Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway is absolutely unique!

It uses a "subtractive" water ballast method unlike other water powered funiculars which use an "additional" method.

It is a water powered funicular, of course, but it is also "water braked" !!!... The braking system is absolutely unique!

May be the first funicular with tension cable system!

Another special feature, it is a 100% water powered system, that means that no water is pumped from the bottom to the top. The pumping of the water is used in most of the water powered funiculars.

The Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway is a real "petit bijou", very well maintained with love by the company and its team.
Location


Lynton and Lynmouth are located in England, in the Devon County on the south bank of the Bristol Channel.
Lynton is located on the top of the cliff and Lynmouth is located at the see level, just below Lynton, where the East and West Lyn rivers merge.
The 15th August 1952 an heavy rainfall caused a flood disaster in the two rivers. 34 people died.
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Lynmouth
Lynmouth, West and East Lyn river have merged.
This part of the town was destroyed on 15th August 1952.
Lynmouth
Lynmouth, the harbour.
This part of the town was also destroyed on 15th August 1952.
Lynton
Lynton.
   

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