The first funicular railway to open in Great Britain was the Spa Cliff Lift in Scarborough. Opened on July 6th 1875, the lift was originally powered by sea-water using a counterweight system. Two gas engines, replaced by steam pumps in 1879, were installed to pump the sea water to the upper station to fill the top car. In 1947, the hydraulic system was replaced by electricity. The cliff lifts in both Scarborough & Whitby are still available today and are a popular form of transportation from the beaches up to the towns.
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