Fisherman's Walk Cliff Railway

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The cliff railway (left of centre) seen from the beach.
A closer view of the line from below.

The Fisherman's Walk Cliff Railway, or Southbourne Cliff Railway, is a funicular railway located in Southbourne, a seaside suburb of the English seaside resort of Bournemouth. The line serves to link the seaside promenade and beach with the cliff top and the town behind.[1]


The line is owned and operated by Bournemouth Borough Council and has the following technical parameters:[1][2]

  • Length: 128 feet (39 m)
  • Gradient: 1:1.49 (67.11%)
  • Cars: 2
  • Capacity: 12 passengers per car
  • Configuration: Double track
  • Gauge: 5 ft 8 in (1,727 mm)
  • Traction: Electricity

Opened in 1935 by Bournemouth Corporation, Fisherman's Walk Cliff Railway is the most recent of the town's three lines. Traction was originally provided by a 21 horsepower (16 kW) electric motor, although this was replaced in the 1960s.[1]

The Fisherman's Walk Cliff Railway is one of three such cliff railways in Bournemouth, the other two being the West Cliff Railway and the East Cliff Railway. All three operate between April and October.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Bournemouth's Cliff Railways". The Heritage Trail. Retrieved 2009-05-15. 
  2. ^ "South Cliff, Bournemouth". Retrieved 2009-05-15. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Fisherman's Walk Cliff Railway at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 50°43′16″N 1°49′02″W / 50.721083°N 1.817352°W / 50.721083; -1.817352