The pre-planning by all involved in the Babbacombe Cliff Railway lifting operation on 23rd November 2005 ensured that it ran as if it were a military exercise. At 8.15 am, the Torbay Seaway crane began the process, extending its massive hydraulic lifting jib to enable the lift to commence.
By 8.30 am, the two straps attached to chains were securely in place beneath one of the cars. After the removal of the last pin holding the first car to its bogie slowly, the car was lifted off and carefully manoeuvred onto a flatbed lorry.
The remaining car, two bogies and two diverters lifted during the day and taken to a holding point in Brixham then onto large loader and transported to London for refurbishment.