But surely there are other similar cliff lifts worked by water. Correct; the Saltburn version is water powered ...
The Lynmouth beauty has an open supply with permission for ever to draw water from the river Lyn about a mile away and discharge it into the sea.
Not only that, but the braking systems are also water operated.
Each car has two sets of brakes which are water operated. The ‘governor’, which in turn, is driven by the main wheels operate one set.
These brakes have shoes which press down on the top surface of the rail and actually lift the car off the rail by 2mm, thereby relying on the weight of the car to give maximum friction between the rail and the brake shoes.
On this railway, the other set of brakes are permanently on - operated by a large water accumulator via the drivers hand wheel ...
This means when the cars are unattended, the brakes clamp it to the rails making it impossible to move under any circumstances. These brakes are a calliper type which clamp each side of the crown of the rail.
The brakes are held ON by a large lead weight which is lifted OFF by the pressure of water from the "accumulator".
But we should go for a ride. The upper station is approached by a broad paved footway from the main shopping street,
But maybe one bit of the day-to-day operation is electric. To signify "ready-to-depart" a string worked bell was rung.
The Lynton/Lynmouth experience is not a cheap thrill (£3.80 return) and there's not much to enjoy at the bottom apart from a few tat shops, a car park and the view - so fbb and party quickly returned on high for coffee at the caff.