Shipley Glen Tramway
The lower station of the funicular is some 600 metres (2,000 ft) by foot from Saltaire railway station, and a similar distance from the historic Salts Mill, now occupied by shops and restaurants as well as the David Hockney gallery.
The line is operated by volunteer staff on behalf of a charitable trust. It normally operates only on Sunday afternoons.
|Number of cars||2|
|Number of stops||2 (at terminals)|
|Track length||0.25 miles (0.40 km)|
|Maximum gradient||1 in 7 (14.29%)|
|Track gauge||20 in (508 mm)|
|Maximum speed||7.5 miles per hour (12.1 km/h)|
The line was opened in 1895 by Sam Wilson, a local publican, showman and entrepreneur. It was intended to ease access to a number of other, now long closed, atttractions at Shipley Glen, including a wooden toboggan ride and a Japanese garden. As built, the line was powered by a gas engine. Since 1928 the line has been electrically operated.
In 2002, operation of the line was taken over by a charitable trust under a lease from Bradford City Council. The line was closed in 2009, and has been rebuilt to bring it up to modern safety standards. This involved fitting the two tramcars with new chassis, wheels and decks, relaying the track, and improving braking systems on both cars and haulage drum. The line reopened in 2011.
- Gallon, Andrew (November 2011). "Nostalgic trip down the line". The Yorkshire Dalesman (Skipton, North Yorkshire: Country Publications Ltd). pp. 66–69.
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- YouTube: Shipley Glen Tramway filmed in 1989; 7.5 mins.
- Visitbradford.com: Shipley Glen Cable Tramway, details including directions to site.
- Telegraph & Argus: On track for a great day out, by Emma Clayton, 19 January 2009 Written before tramway closed down for brakes repair.