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. It is also used to move supplies and equipment. The lifeboat station is open to the public most days but check beforehand.
Also note that the station is nowhere near Padstow, but is situated at Mother Ivey's Bay near Trevone.
The lift includes many unique features including a centrifugal emergency lowering system, pressure sensors on the lift toe guards and rear mounted car escape door. The lift was completed in late 2001 but had some teething problems and this has resulted in changes being made to the interlocking system. This was as a result of the adverse weather conditions. The lift recently became fully operational but is in fact no longer a lift !! Due to the changes that have, by necessity, been made we are now the proud owners of an incline railway.
The speed os 0.35 m/s, with a 900kg max load, the car is 1.25m x 2.23m x 2.15m
Check out the website www.padstow-lifeboat.org.uk
Many Thanks to the brave men and women of the RNLI for their help with this site
|Date Opened||?/?/2001||Length||32.34 m|
|Gradient||48°||Track Gauge||? ft|
|Number of Cars||1||Open to Public||Private but can be Viewed|
|Funicular Type||Track layout|
|Power Source||Railway Status|