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Babbacombe Cliff Railway

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of Babbacombe, Devon

1890 Sir George Newnes MP offered to build a cliff railway to connect the Downs to Oddicombe Beach.

Torquay Corporation consulted George Croydon Marks on the installation of the lift but nothing was built.

1923 the Torquay Tramway Company announced its intention of installing a lift to Oddicombe Beach; Waygood Otis was appointed to undertake the installation.

1924 Work started in December

1926 the Babbacombe Cliff Railway was completed at a cost of £15,648.

1935 The line was taken over by Torquay Corporation for the sum of £18,000.

WWII Line closed

1951 Line reopened after refurbishment by J. and E. Hall.

1993 Line closed for track replacement

1995 Reopened

See Also

  • Friends of Babbacombe Cliff Railway[1]

Sources of Information

  • History of the railway [2]