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Review: Scarborough Central Tramway

Attraction - Railway & Train

Marine Parade , Scarborough , North Yorkshire, YO11 2ER, United Kingdom

A small piece of Scarborough history avoiding a steep climb

  • By SilverTraveller ESW

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  • July 2018
  • On your own

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Scarborough developed high above the beach and five cliff railways were built to carry Victorian holiday makers between the town and beach. Now only two remain, the Spa Cliff Lift and the Central Tramway.

The Central Tramway opened in 1881 running from Foreshore Road to Harcourt Place. It climbs 80’ at a gradient of 1:2.8.Initially worked by steam power, it was converted to electric drive in 1910. The cars were damaged by fire in 1975 and were replaced by new aluminium cars. These were painted in the original livery of dark red and white.

The two cars are connected by strong steel ropes running over a central pulley. the system is driven by a 60hp electric motor at the top station. The weight of the descending car helps pull the ascending car. The cars are controlled by the operation room at the top station.

You can of course climb up from the beach, but it is a steep climb and much more fun to do the trip in style!

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  • ESW
    12 months ago
    Now that sounds a very good idea!
  • HMJ
    12 months ago
    Thanks ESW, this brings back lots of lovely memories of Sunday School outings to Scarborough with the highlight being at the end of the day, getting the tram back up into the town for a fish and chip tea.