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  • Did you know the Central Tramway was the only steam powered cliff railway in the country when it was first constructed?

  • Did you know the motor used to power the movement of the carriages is smaller than the average motor in a small family car?

There's lots of fun and fascinating facts to learn about this historic cliff railway for young and old alike.


The Central Tramway Company is committed to sharing our history with our local community as it is such an important part of the wider story of Scarborough.


Pre-arranged school visits are encouraged and welcome at the Tramway, as well as talks and tours for local interest groups. In recent years we've welcomed groups from local historical, special interest and scouting societies.

As part of our package for school visits we have curriculum based resources to assist with learning about the Tramway both on a visit as well as in the classroom. As part of our commitment to helping local schools at this difficult time we're making this resource pack free to download below.

For more information or to book a school visit for your class please email: or click the link below for a downloadable information sheet to learn more.


Central Tramway is proud to support the work of the Children's University in Scarborough, working with local primary schools to improve access to learning for children in our area.

Learn more at their website: Children's University Scarborough.

September sees the annual Heritage Open Day tours at Central Tramway, this is a national event and offers visitors a unique insight behind the scenes at the Tramway, a must for any railway or funicular enthusiast, or those familiar with the Tramway who have always wondered how it works.


Visit the Heritage Open Days website for further information.

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