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Bridgnorth, England

Bridgnorth Cliff Railway

This charming railway is one of the oldest and steepest funiculars in England.  

The busy town of Bridgnorth is divided into high and low parts by the river Severn. To improve connectivity between the two, the Bridgnorth Cliff Railway was built in 1892, one of the the oldest and steepest funicular railways in England.

The railway line carries passengers in two cars running on parallel tracks across the cliffs spanning a height of 111 feet. The line runs on a counterbalance system where one goes up as the other comes down, a mechanism that was originally driven by a water balance system.

The funicular was designed by railway engineer George Croydon Marks, who was also responsible for many other cliff railway lines in the region, and their popularity saw an upward swing from the year 1875.

Around 150 times a day, the trademark blue and cream colored cars make the journey along the 201 feet long line, which is built into the sandstone cliff face. This key piece of infrastructure has been modernized over the years, most notably in the mid-20th century, when it was electrified. From the top of the line, the local landmark offers a bird’s-eye view of the picturesque English town.