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Offline spiggy

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Folkestone Cliff Lifts
« on: November 17, 2013, 09:36:01 am »
For Folkestone's cliff lifts see:

http://www.warrenpress.net/FolkestoneThenNow/FolkestoneCliffLifts.html

The eastmost lift no longer in operation but one of the carriages has been restored and may be seen at the Elham Valley Railway Museum at Newington.

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Re: Folkestone Cliff Lifts
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2014, 20:13:34 pm »
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By the time you make ends meet, the've moved the ends.

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Re: Folkestone Cliff Lifts
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2014, 20:22:45 pm »
Superb. The buildings at the lower level even look like a proper railway station. Is there a tannoy system that announces: 'the 13:52 train from the Upper Station is now arriving at platform 2' ?

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Re: Folkestone Cliff Lifts
« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2014, 09:43:54 am »
'Charlie Chaplin', the oldest of the Folkestone carriages, at the Peene railway museum.
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Re: Folkestone Cliff Lifts
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2015, 17:52:13 pm »
Folkestone -

I have just realised the lift type shown in my post is different to those in reply #3, it appears (Stepped Cars) ran on the tracks to the right of the lifts.
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Re: Folkestone Cliff Lifts
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2015, 21:40:08 pm »
As evidenced in my link.

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Re: Folkestone Cliff Lifts
« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2015, 21:52:27 pm »
An old postcard showing both types..
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Re: Folkestone Cliff Lifts
« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2015, 19:36:50 pm »
As evidenced in my link.

Sorry spiggy I did not check your link, would have saved me half an hour. I just tried and I think the link no longer works. I tried to find a replacement but could not. 26.02.2015 Just checked again and it is now working.
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Re: Folkestone Cliff Lifts
« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2015, 22:53:56 pm »
Some more photos of the Folkestone Lifts which I took a few days ago.  My wife and I took a ride down in a lift - our 'maiden voyage'!

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Re: Folkestone Cliff Lifts
« Reply #9 on: July 08, 2015, 07:44:05 am »
Our tickets-to-ride!

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Re: Folkestone Cliff Lifts
« Reply #10 on: May 06, 2017, 00:29:17 am »
Unless some kind soul stumps up some cash the East Leas Lifts will go the same way as the lifts at the Metropole West Leas and ones on Sandgate Hill, although those last named packed up in 1922.

I went along the Leas on Wednesday to see if the lifts were working and the only movement was by a bunch of rats scurrying around amongst the rubbish.  What a shame to see them in disuse.

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Re: Folkestone Cliff Lifts
« Reply #11 on: October 03, 2021, 09:10:21 am »
A nice old image..
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Re: Folkestone Cliff Lifts
« Reply #12 on: September 11, 2023, 14:58:55 pm »
An image from the early 1900s.
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Re: Folkestone Cliff Lifts
« Reply #13 on: November 04, 2023, 09:35:16 am »
One of only three surviving, Victorian water-balanced lifts in the UK is to be restored thanks to a £4.8 million grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The Grade II* listed Leas Lift in Folkestone, Kent, will be repaired and refurbished to return it to its original use following the raising of a total of £6.6 million for the project.


Work will start next year with the Victorian-era lift expected to reopen in 2025.

Cathy Beare, chairwoman of the Folkestone Leas Lift Company Charity, said: “We can’t wait to welcome passengers back 140 years after it was first installed.  Press article 4/11/23
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Re: Folkestone Cliff Lifts
« Reply #14 on: November 04, 2023, 10:05:03 am »
Does the restoration project include reinstatement of the second pair of rails or is it limited to the extant pair of rails?