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photoblog image An afternoon in Aberystwyth 11 of quite a lot

An afternoon in Aberystwyth 11 of quite a lot

And here it is.....well I bet you weren't expecting that were you?

 

An afternoon in Aberystwyth 11 of quite a lot

And here it is.....well I bet you weren't expecting that were you?

 

    • The Aberystwyth Cliff Railway opened in 1896 and operated on a water balance system until electrification in 1921.
    • The unique design of the undulating track and tilted carriages is the work of George Croydon Marks, a man who played a key role in several projects during the golden age of funicular construction, and later made his name in politics as Lord Marks the liberal peer.
    • the historic aberystwyth cliff railway 240The carriages are hauled to the summit at a stately 4 miles per hour, and are powered by a powerful motor and high-tensile steel cables supported by a sophisticated electronic safety system.
    • In the mid-section of the journey the railway is in a deep cutting, where 12,000 tons of rock was excavated to allow the winding footpath to cross overhead on a series of bridges.
    • Constitution Hill was the Victorian predecessor of our modern-day theme parks and is still amongst the most popular attractions in the area.
    • The visitors to the Victorian 'Luna Park' accessed the hilltop recreation area via the cliff railway and a century later it is still possible to retrace the steps of our ancestors on this funicular steeped in history.

comments (20)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 20 Sep 2012, 01:00
Phew, Bill...what a surprise!
Bill Phillips: I hope you have recovered Ray
Fascinating... I'd rather take the railway...
Bill Phillips: Far less like hard work than walking Larry
I love the old Cliff Railway Bill... and the bottom left shot is a magnificent composition....petersmile
Bill Phillips: Great bit of Victorian engineering
Very cool! I'd love to ride that rail!
Bill Phillips: There are still quite a few about. So if you come to the UK add a visit to your itinerary
In a word ... NO
Bill Phillips: Well there you go then
  • Chris
  • England
  • 20 Sep 2012, 06:51
Good Lord - what a contraption!
Bill Phillips: I was happy not to try it
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet
  • 20 Sep 2012, 06:51
Cliff Railways would have made a fine name for a pop singer Bill. I thought at first that this was a railway taking were down some God forsaken pit to dig black stuff.
Bill Phillips: Very good Chad.
  • Lisl
  • Europe
  • 20 Sep 2012, 07:03
You are so right, Bill. Thanks for the narrative
Bill Phillips: It is quite a sight. Happily we didn't have time to try it grin
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 20 Sep 2012, 07:33
a fine collage . In Lynmouth we used such a cliff Railway I enjoyed! Aberystwyth must be worth a visit indeed!
Bill Phillips: Yes i know the one in Lymnmouth. There is one in Bridgnorth near us.
  • John Prior
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 20 Sep 2012, 07:48
And excellent views of the town and bay from the top
Bill Phillips: I might try selling this as a postcard!
Well this lot has put me off my kippers for breakfast.
Bill Phillips: It would take more than this to put me off a decent pair of kippers. Pull yourself together man
The cliff railway is quite impressive!
Fine collage Bill.
Bill Phillips: It is quite a size Richard
I have never seen such a thing. Does it still run?
Bill Phillips: Very much so Mary.
  • Pedroeric
  • United Kingdom
  • 20 Sep 2012, 10:58
Looks a lot like the one at Hastings Bill had to go back in to the old hard drive to make sure. Great set of captures of it.
Bill Phillips: It is quite a piece of Victorian construction Peter
I particularly like the bottom left picture, which provides a sense of perspective. I'm convinced now, that I have not visited Aberystwyth - this is memorable! A fine collage Bill smile
Bill Phillips: Well you should smile
  • Alan
  • Nelson, British Columbia.
  • 20 Sep 2012, 14:51
Well done to Lord Mark (I wonder where he was conceived? wink ) I wonder why it was electrified as the one between Lynton and Lynmouth seems to work quite well on water power?
Bill Phillips: Basildon? Who knows Alan. Perhaps it is the length of this one
LOL at Richard - a fine assemblage of images Bill.
Bill Phillips: He's a daft old sod
We went on this during our visit many years ago, there is a fine view from the top.
Bill Phillips: We didn't really have time but perhaps we will if we go again
Shame upon me - I never actually went up there on any of my visits to ABER.
Bill Phillips: We didn't either! Perhaps next time!
I've seen a few of these around the country, but never before an undulating track

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