The cool thing is that their funicular ("the cliff railway") is hydro-powered, i.e., water is used to move the cars.
- Connect two cars with a rope that goes from top to bottom.
- Put the rope through a pulley at the top. Hang one car on either side, one up and one down.
- Fill top car's water tank [from river at top of railway] until it gets heavy enough to pull up -- by sliding down the rail and pulling the rope through the pulley -- the car on the bottom.
- Drain water at bottom, fill water at top, and repeat.
These photos show the entire slope, the down car (see the green tank on the bottom, "in front?"), and the view of the track from Lynmouth.
Bottom Line: It's possible to use water wisely -- this example uses engineering to solve an economic problem (how to lift people) while having no negative environmental impacts (the river diversion is minimal, and the water is dropped back on course). Excellent!
* Their tabloids can teach ours a thing or two about lower standards ...