Rescue Exercise At Babbacombe Cliff Railway

A huge thank you to everyone involved in last night’s exercise with Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, including the team from Coombeshead Academy.
On a dark and extremely blowy November evening we had 14 “casualties” stuck in a Cliff Railway carriage.
3 appliances from Torquay with crews totalling around 20 Firefighters came to their rescue with generator-powered floodlights from Totnes. With help from the Cliff Railway team all were safely rescued.
It was quite an evening for all concerned and we are delighted to have teamed up with both the Fire and Rescue Service and the staff and students from Coombeshead Academy to conduct this incredibly valuable and educational exercise.
We’ll have more pictures for you soon but, for now, here’s a little taster of what happened at Babbacombe Cliff Railway last night

FS1 FS3 FS5…..

Babbacombe Cliff Railway Photo Competition

We are delighted to announce our Photo Competition.

We are planning to make a 2017 calendar and are looking for some inspiring images of the Cliff Railway and surrounding area to use.

So, we’re after 12 great pictures, old and new, to include.

We have prizes on offer and would love to see any photos that you have that you think would be just the thing.

Competition entries can be e-mailed to us at, dropped into our Top Station marked for the attention of Melanie or posted to us at Babbacombe Cliff Railway, Babbacombe Downs Road, Torquay TQ1 3LP.  Closing date for receipt of all entries is 31 January 2016.

Full terms and conditions here:  Babbacombe Cliff Railway Photo Competition

Volunteers Outing

Introducing our fantastic crew of Volunteers from the 2015 season on their trip to visit the SS Great Britain yesterday. The trip was our way of saying a huge “Thank You” to them for all their hard work throughout this year.

If anyone else is interested in joining our merry band of Volunteers, please get in touch and we will be delighted to give you further information. Alternatively pop into the Top Station and leave us your details and we will get back to you as soon as possible.


Volunteers Trip 2015Volunteers Trip 2015 (2)

Railways On The Air Courtesy Of Riviera Amateur Radio Club

Railways On The Air (ROTA) weekend usually takes place every year on the weekend closest to the 27th September. The date celebrates the anniversary of the first steam powered passenger railway which made its first journey on 27th September 1825.

This year the Riviera Amateur Radio Club will be taking part in the event with the permission of the Babbacombe Cliff Railway.

The event involves contacting and being contacted by Radio Amateurs operating other stations at their own nominated railways as well as amateurs operating from their own stations at home or mobile all over the UK and Europe and possibly other parts of the world.

Unfortunately due to poor signal the transmissions will not be taking place at the Babbacombe Cliff Railway itself, but if you are a radio buff and hear our call sign GB4BCR plus mentions of the Babbacombe Cliff Railway on today, you will know what it is all about.