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Falcon Cliff Lift

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Falcon Cliff Lift is a closed, 5 ft (1,524 mm) gauge cliff railway, just off the promenade at Douglas on the Isle of Man, which was built to serve the Falcon Cliff Hotel on the clifftop above. This distinctive castellated building, which now houses offices, was once one of the town's busiest nightlife venues, with its own cabaret bar, and the cliff lift provided a simple way for guests and visitors to arrive at their destination. An original car was supplied to carry approximately four passengers and this was replaced (as was the mechanics and workings) in 1929, resulting in the car that remains extant today. The line last operated in the summer of 1990, and its future and ultimate ownership are uncertain, although several groups have made expressions of interest in its restoration at an alternative site.

The lift was the scene of a dreadful accident that occurred on 30 May 1887 when maintenance work was being carried out, this unfortunately led to the death of Alfred Walter Cain who was working as part of the maintenance team on behalf of his Father Thomas Cain.

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Falcon Cliff Lift Wikipedia


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