North Yorkshire, England
The direct result of the succes of the South Cliff Lift was the promotion of a similar line on the North Bay. The Scarborough Queen's Parade Tramway Company Limited was created on March 4th 1878 to link the Queen's Parade, on the top of the North Cliff, to the sands and more precisely to the Promenade Pier. This pier has been built in 1869 in the middle of the North Bay when every english seaside resort wanted its own pier.
On August 8th 1878, when the line opened, a cabin broke loose and seriously damaged the lower station! The lift was closed for the rest of the year. It was really unlucky, with an accident every year, pump engine and water supply failures, landslips. A further landslip in 1887 stopped definitivly the use of the lift.
The pier was destroyed by a great storm in 1905.
The radial marks on the sand indicate the site of the old North Pier.
Nothing remains of the old Queen's Parade incline.
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