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Shipley Glen Tramway

Bottom tramway depot
The top entrance to the tramway
Tram and tracks
The cars during rebuild

The Shipley Glen Tramway is a historic funicular tramway situated in the wooded Shipley Glen near the village of Saltaire in the English county of West Yorkshire.

The lower station of the funicular is some 660 feet (200 m) 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.Shipley Glen Tramway Preservation Co Ltd [1]

Number of cars 2
Number of stops 2 (at terminals)
Configuration Double track
Track length 440 yards (400 m)
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, attractions at Shipley Glen, including a wooden toboggan ride and a Japanese garden. As built, the line was powered by a gas engine. Since 1902 the line has been electrically operated.[1]

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.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c Nostalgic trip down the line. The Yorkshire Dalesman (Skipton, North Yorkshire: Country Publications Ltd). November 2011. pp. 66–69. 

External links

  • Shipley Glen Tramway web site
  • Shipley Glen Cable Tramway: images and information.
  • The Shipley Glen Tramway, with link to images.
  • Yorkshire Escapes: Shipley Glen Tramway, story and images.
  • YouTube: Shipley Glen Tramway filmed in 1989; 7.5 mins.
  • 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.

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