Questions & Answers 
Q: Who designed it? 
A: George Marks - believed to have been a ‘disciple’ of Isambard Kingdom Brunel designed the cliff railway. He later became Baron Marks of Woolwich. 
Q: Who funded it? 
A: The Majority of the funding for the railway was provided by Sir George Newnes, publisher of Tit Bits and The Strand. Sir George had a passion for Lynton & Lynmouth - and recognised the enormous tourism potential. It was this vision which led him to back not only the Cliff Railway, but also Lynton’s town Hall (1900) and the main Barnstaple to Lynton Railway (1898). 
Q: Who Built It? 
A: A local builder called Bob Jones built it and his family are still directors today. 
Q: When was it built? 
A: Work began on the lift construction in 1887. It took less than three years to complete - a remarkable achievement considering the entire excavation relied on manual labour. The lift is now a listed monument and the buildings have been listed to Grade II. 
Q: When did it open? 
A: The inaugural decent was opened on 7th April 1890 and it has been in operation ever since … Even during the two World Wars (although on a restricted service). 
Q: Who runs it? 
A. An Act of Parliament formed the Lynmouth & Lynton Lift Company in 1888. A further Act of Parliament gave the company perpetual rights to the water from the Lyn Valley – The railway’s extraordinary power source. It is still run by the same company today. 
Q: What is it’s length? 
A: The rails are 862 feet long. The top station is 500 feet above the lower station - giving an inclination of 1:1.75. 
Q: How does it work? 
A: The lift works on a simple balancing principle. The water comes through 5” pipes from the West Lyn River - more than a mile away - and is stored in reservoirs. Each car has a 700 Gallon tank mounted between the wheels (plus a smaller 10 gallon tank as the reservoir for the braking system). As the water is discharged from the lower car, the ‘heavier’ top car descends so pulling the lower car up the cliff. 
Q: How are the cars connected 
A: The two lift cars are connected via four cables, two of which are hauling cables these carry the weight of both cars. The other two cables are tail balanced cables, which do just that, counteract the weight of the hauling cables. The cables run around 5 foot 6 inch pulley wheels mounted at the top and bottom of the tracks. 
Q: What is it’s capacity 
A: Each car holds up to 40 passengers and weigh 10 Tons when fully loaded.