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Funicular for sale

THE TOWN that invented cliff face funicular railways over a century ago is having difficulties giving away one of its rare, but now redundant, systems.

'Despite contacting over a dozen transport and industrial museums there seems little interest,' said Scarborough District Council's marketing development officer Gareth Jones.

The 68 year old double car electric lift runs at an angle of 1 in 2 up 20m high cliffs at Scarborough's North Bay. It is the youngest of three in the area but needs £75,000 of repairs due to corrosion and mechanical problems. Falling passenger numbers and annual £20,000 running costs make reinstatement uneconomic. So far attempts to give it away have only attracted interest from Cornwall's Launceston civic society.

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