Photographer's Note

My two-week-old daughter is very absorbing but we have managed to take her for a walk to the near coastal town Saltburn-by-the-Sea. It is a lovely place and I think we will be frequent guests there. The Yorkshire coast seems very attractive and full of unexpected treasures. Except for a nice sandy beach and a charming pier you can enjoy here a very interesting funicular railway. Just before boarding it I heard a lot of water flushing the bottom of the car. After a while I realized that the two cars are connected with the single line and they are moving due to the water being pumped to the base of the upper car which thus becomes heavier than the bottom car.
You may wonder why the pier is build so far from the sea :) for people not aware of that: North Sea has a very noticeable tides. This photo was taken at the low tide.
After many freezing weeks in North East England we have had finally several days when the temperature reached 20 degrees.

Saltburn Cliff Lift
The Saltburn Cliff Lift is one of the world's oldest water-powered cliff lifts (the oldest being the Bom Jesus funicular in Braga, Portugal). After the opening of Saltburn Pier in 1869, it was concluded that the steep cliff walk was deterring people from walking from the town to the pier. The Saltburn tramway, as it is also known, was developed by Sir Richard Tangye's company. The cliff tramway opened a year later and provided transport between the pier and the town. The railway is water-balanced and since 1924 the water pump has been electrically operated.

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Additional Photos by Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6300 W: 105 N: 16589] (64656)
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