RNLI Lizard RNLI Cliff Railway RNLI

NGR SW716125

Not at the Lizard but a few miles away at Kilcobben Cove. This is a private line for transporting Lifeboat men to and from the station and the cliff top and to bring casualties to the top from the lifeboat.

A crude lift system was installed in 1961 but was upgraded to a railway in 1995.

The new inclined elevator system was designed by Austin and McClean of Bournemouth. Transmission engineers Highfield Gears Power manufactured the one-off 70/1 lifting gear and the 520-mm twin drums that spool up the twin 13-mm diameter ropes, raising and lowering the passenger car a travel of 45 meters at 0.54 meters per second. The rails, eight feet apart, are angled at 38°


A Carriage Up the Line

Bottom Station Top Station

Up the Line A Carriage

A Carriage

The Stats
Date Opened ?/?/1995Length 45 m
Gradient 38°Track Gauge 8 ft
Number of Cars 1Open to Public Private but can be viewed
Funicular Type Single LiftTrack layout Single Track
Power Source ElectricRailway Status In Use