The UK's last aerial ropeway uses no power, moves 300 tonnes a day, and will be gone by 2036.

In Claughton, Lancashire, the Forterra brickworks produces 50 million bricks a year, from shale that's quarried a mile and a half away. To get that shale to the brickworks: the last aerial ropeway in the country. These used to be common: but now, the last one will be gone by 2036.

Thanks to all the team at Forterra:
Thanks to Dave Martin for the idea!

Edited by Michelle Martin (@mrsmmartin)

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  • Tom Scott
    Tom Scott14 dagar sedan

    It'd have been an obvious choice to put a camera on a bucket. And I did! But as you can see from the video, we were battling intermittent rainstorms all day, and unfortunately the shots didn't work here. However, I hope you'll enjoy next week's 18-minute-long video, "An Unedited, Rain-Soaked Ride on Claughton's Aerial Ropeway".

  • 101mfoxiwriteabit IG

    101mfoxiwriteabit IG

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    @Portobello Mushroom it was incredible especially the wave

  • 101mfoxiwriteabit IG

    101mfoxiwriteabit IG

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    @penumbra01 you can

  • Harley Mesidor

    Harley Mesidor

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    @Stroheim333 Thanks you so much. Very appreciative.

  • Stroheim333


    2 dagar sedan

    @Harley Mesidor Watch the video, dear! The explanation is _VERY_ simple: The containers going downhill are heavy, when they went uphill they are light. Read your Newton, kid.

  • Harley Mesidor

    Harley Mesidor

    3 dagar sedan

    @Stroheim333 What you wrote has no more insight nor explanation than the video. If I ask" how do people digest food"? and you respond "watch the video about someone eating and pooping." On that video nothing shows the digestion system, but someone eating chewing and pooping. Nothing on stomach acid, nor big intestines or small intestines.

  • deDatdus
    deDatdusTimme sedan

    I has boohket

  • Mark Shenton
    Mark Shenton2 timmar sedan

    Weird, I drove past this yesterday and wondered what it was for, today, it was on my home page to watch. At least I now know what it is.

  • Philippe Larcher
    Philippe Larcher2 timmar sedan

    How does it grab the cable? Just friction from weight? No pinching?

  • Celtic2Realms
    Celtic2Realms2 timmar sedan

    Very good

  • Chicken yes
    Chicken yes5 timmar sedan

    Someone please put gropro on that bucket

  • Dylan BB
    Dylan BB7 timmar sedan

    Tom is such a classic SEblacks channel

  • Matthew Harvey
    Matthew Harvey8 timmar sedan

    wait.. lets go back to the point where it uses Gravity to power this thing....

  • extonville
    extonville8 timmar sedan

    It’s pronounced Claw tun. Not Claff tun

  • Sky Luke
    Sky Luke9 timmar sedan

    This would be the dopest ride ever!

  • Nico Kelly
    Nico Kelly11 timmar sedan

    This is so cool, you always find the good ones.

  • C Teal
    C Teal13 timmar sedan

    Our forefathers were in someways sooo much smarter than we are.

  • Tomsouz17
    Tomsouz1714 timmar sedan

    Idk how hard itd be but just one segment of the towers with 2 carts to show how it used to be would be nice to keep for the years

  • Remo Peter
    Remo Peter15 timmar sedan

    If it has a Transport Heritage Site plaque, why isn't that a guarantee that it will be preserved and maintained as a museum piece?

  • Emily An
    Emily An15 timmar sedan

    Ropeway - most energy efficient transport available until now.

  • JosiexJosie
    JosiexJosie16 timmar sedan

    Wow, something reducing our impact on the climate? Good thing we don’t use those anymore.

  • mal x
    mal x16 timmar sedan

    How tf are tou going to improve on that

  • Emily An

    Emily An

    15 timmar sedan


  • Poggy
    Poggy16 timmar sedan

    So this is why the earth keeps slowing down. They're stealing all the gravity. Good. Shut it down.

  • Pedro Folloni Pesserl
    Pedro Folloni Pesserl17 timmar sedan

    sorry if I'm being stupid, how do the empty buckets come back to the top if there's no energy?

  • FW911
    FW91118 timmar sedan

    2:47 Even though there's no known cases of a bucket falling off the lines onto the road they went and put a safety bridge over the road anyways? Wow, that's very courteous!

  • Carlton Banks
    Carlton Banks18 timmar sedan

    The ropeway uses power, just doesn't use electricity or fuel.

  • Davis Peterson
    Davis Peterson18 timmar sedan

    Have they considered relocating/reinstalling the ropeway somewhere else once the shale runs out? I know it would probably be cheaper and easier to just build a new one, but if we're talking about preserving it for it's historical value, wouldn't it make sense to find another site that needs something similar, possibly one better situated for tourism?

  • Adam K
    Adam K19 timmar sedan

    Similar technology can be seen in an episode of _Thomas the Tank Engine_ . The only difference is that the gravity cable was hooked up to rail cars; heavy cars, going down, pulled up empty cars.

  • Graeme Guthrie
    Graeme Guthrie19 timmar sedan

    Literally every chairlift ever made.

  • george waite
    george waite19 timmar sedan

    A system designed by intelligent people about to be closed by clowns.

  • nick ford
    nick ford19 timmar sedan

    Energy storage anyone

  • M Godinho
    M Godinho19 timmar sedan

    Congratulations, thank you very much for your video

  • 1967AJB
    1967AJB21 timme sedan

    Fantastic, I’ve ridden my motorbike under it many times and always wanted to know more.

  • Peter Miller
    Peter Miller22 timmar sedan

    Does it run all night?

  • fart sneed
    fart sneed23 timmar sedan

    "Diversity is our strength" "Whoops, we can't maintain this vital infrastructure, we no longer have the [old technology]"

  • Ruri Rotaru
    Ruri RotaruDag sedan

    I get why when the quarry is done this has to come down. Why not still save this heritage by putting parts of it on display in a museum. Maybe one of engineering or science. To me this was and is an engineering marvel.

  • Łukasz Matula
    Łukasz MatulaDag sedan


  • Just hacking Around
    Just hacking AroundDag sedan

    What an interesting video!

  • Peter Senn
    Peter SennDag sedan

    Totally cool !!! Zero carbon emissions and a great job.

  • Akbar Mohamed Ali
    Akbar Mohamed AliDag sedan

    It's only innovation can eradicate carbon emissions. . . .

  • Victors Bondarchuks
    Victors BondarchuksDag sedan

    Must be saved that peace of engineering for generations. Good attraction. Foolish people just destroy everything. Clever people see potential...

  • Sanghamitra Ahirrao
    Sanghamitra AhirraoDag sedan

    W=m*g.. Potential energy. its not pmm.

  • Jas Morris
    Jas MorrisDag sedan

    That is awesome

  • Peter Hjermø
    Peter HjermøDag sedan

    Are British people more likely to shout or speak with a raised loud voice?

  • Rocker Jim
    Rocker JimDag sedan

    When it's decommissioned they could make it into a tourist attraction

  • Herr Unsinn
    Herr UnsinnDag sedan

    0:30 Thank goodness closed captions are provided, otherwise understanding what Martin Brotheridge is saying would be almost impossible. 😅 😂 🤣

  • maumastoks
    maumastoksDag sedan

    Ahhh that worker's accent

  • John Doe
    John DoeDag sedan

    I’d make it differently. 🧮🧮🧮🧮🧮🧮🧮🧮🧮🧮🧮🧮🧮🧮

  • Ramona E
    Ramona EDag sedan

    they use one of these at my local ski lodge for the Way to get to the top of the hill

  • An M4 Variant
    An M4 VariantDag sedan

    I shall ride the bucket.

  • Peter T_Rex
    Peter T_RexDag sedan

    The rope way: Environment friendly, better than making brand new one The government: new one is eNvIrOmEnTfRiEnDlY!!

  • J T
    J TDag sedan

    If only there was a ropeway from my house to my local Starbucks! 😆

  • Cottontail Grouse
    Cottontail GrouseDag sedan

    The lines at cerro gordo are still there and their towers were made from wood. Shame britons give up on their machine history.

  • Oscar Lumberg
    Oscar LumbergDag sedan

    😮what!!!!😮 Why can't we make a human transport system using this tech?!!!😮

  • Jo LiMag
    Jo LiMagDag sedan

    Amazing solution, I’d like to see the carbon saved compared to that period of truck operation 😄😄😄

  • Beige Fedora
    Beige FedoraDag sedan

    it would be cool to go back in time and bring the person that designed this to 2036, and show them how perfect their design was, and how the thing they made not only ran perfectly, but completely finished the job.

  • Robert Crown
    Robert CrownDag sedan

    As that general hux?

  • Jason D
    Jason DDag sedan


  • Phil Wetherick
    Phil WetherickDag sedan

    It uses power; it (in part) uses electrical [power]; it uses [magic], (as defined by Germain's Truth); it uses fuel, and I'm fed up with whining about things that, quite frankly, I don't care about. That said, I'm going to the beach tomorrow and going to risk arrest for living - to©long backyards have driven me bonkers over their so-called "governing" of this country we call "home". Backyards need a kick to the teeth. Sorry about that. I'll see a doctor next week.

  • Phil Wetherick

    Phil Wetherick

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    * bastards need a kick to the teeth

  • Mat
    MatDag sedan

    Thanks for this, driven and cycled under it hundreds of times, never knew anything about it!😁

  • Parko
    ParkoDag sedan

    Thats a small dump truck and it would be waiting awhile to be filled with those small buckets. It's a brilliant idea. But unfortunately doesn't seem super quick.

  • Nils Sens
    Nils SensDag sedan

    So, how much power can a standard size mountaintop generate?

  • Mr Jay White
    Mr Jay WhiteDag sedan

    if its all down hill, maybe rewild the lad and convert it to a mountain-bike/forrest park. could use the old buildings for paintball/airsoft like a lot of places in europe.

  • 5MadMovieMakers
    5MadMovieMakersDag sedan

    So cool! Reminds me of log flumes that would carry logs miles to be cut and dried

  • RobBobRig


    23 timmar sedan


  • Shanaya Choudhury

    Shanaya Choudhury

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    haha, _fi-_ **trips over**

  • Ben Toth
    Ben TothDag sedan

    Would this be a Blondin as mentioned in the Citation Needed episode?

  • Rueben James
    Rueben JamesDag sedan

    What an ingenious solution that still makes sense 100 years later.

  • Henry B
    Henry BDag sedan

    This system is hundreds of years old, the rocks weight runs it and that's it

  • mxxses 69
    mxxses 69Dag sedan

    Im an Ropeway technician in austria and thats soo cool too see that old technics

  • mmoore
    mmooreDag sedan


  • Paul E
    Paul EDag sedan

    It's unedited?? No, its a feature, not a bug XD. Very cool btw!

  • That_Yellow_ DRZ
    That_Yellow_ DRZDag sedan

    BOOKIT ;-0

    NAMELESSDag sedan

    Reminds me of a ski lift lmao

  • WNT fan
    WNT fanDag sedan

    Very cool. The question I have -- that I was hoping the video would answer -- is how the thing gets started (if they are not operating it 24-7 or, say, after replacing the rope). Does it require a complete set of full buckets to operate and, if so, how does it operate when not all the buckets are full yet?

  • Bron
    BronDag sedan

    Instead of just using brakes to slow it down connect generator and harvest energy of gravity too )

  • Travels of a service engineer, Hi Viz Wizz
    Travels of a service engineer, Hi Viz WizzDag sedan

    I know exactly where this is and passed under it many times, so nice to discover some more information, thanks so much 👍

  • The Atom
    The AtomDag sedan

    Hey Tom Like you said i had an Idea in the shower as you said Id like to run it by you, I also wanted to let you know I am 15 and have no resources other than basic information about tech stuff and coding just hear me out once on the idea perhaps an Email and it is obviously your choice if you wanna make something like that.

  • Sarthak chauhan
    Sarthak chauhanDag sedan

    the perfect British accent/

  • Eric Liu
    Eric LiuDag sedan

    "It needs no fuel and no electricity to run." Then why don't we keep building and using them? That's a good design if it does not require any energy and fuel because that can reduce co2 emissions and reduce the power consumption of quarries. If we are going to reduce co2 emissions technology like this will be a huge help. I guess the reason why aerial ropeways are no longer built is because of three words. Sheer human stupidity. Why can't we keep any of the good things that we invented so they can be improved and used in the future.

  • Hellcat Bass
    Hellcat BassDag sedan

    The greatest technology was from Egyptian times up until the 1920's, after that everything was mass-produced and the marketing of electricity and electrical powered equipment was very high on demand. As soon as the Chrysler Building went up in the United States and other corporate buildings, that's when everything started going downhill

  • Chucky McNubbin
    Chucky McNubbinDag sedan

    The remnants of one exist I Tasmania. The line and buckets are still attached to it too.

  • Dinesh Twanabasu
    Dinesh TwanabasuDag sedan

    One way traffic from higher end to lower end never require aditional force.

  • MrLoobu
    MrLoobu2 dagar sedan

    Advanced technology no power or fuel. See we are the wasteful dumbasses.

  • Christine Lennox
    Christine Lennox2 dagar sedan

    That's amazing amazing now there is a clever idea. ♥️♥️♥️🤔

  • Вася Аникин
    Вася Аникин2 dagar sedan

    2:05 so this truck moves the same amout of material every day?

  • Rauch Rodrigues
    Rauch Rodrigues2 dagar sedan

    How do they send empty buckets uphill without any fuel/electricity ?

  • Glen's Transport

    Glen's Transport

    13 timmar sedan

    The weight of the fully laden buckets going downhill hauls the empty ones uphill.

  • Thomas Peirce
    Thomas Peirce2 dagar sedan

    When finished, could it be turned into type of tourist attraction ride?

  • Ivan Andreev
    Ivan Andreev2 dagar sedan


  • Sagar Singh
    Sagar Singh2 dagar sedan

    Wonder how many times the workers have taken a trip in the buckets.

  • Imadirtnigga
    Imadirtnigga2 dagar sedan

    Make more of them!!!!

  • Chetan Bhagde
    Chetan Bhagde2 dagar sedan

    I wish to travel the world same way 👍

  • Jean Robinson
    Jean Robinson2 dagar sedan

    I've driven under that ropeway many a time! It goes over the A683, a lovely road.

  • Kaw Rider
    Kaw Rider2 dagar sedan

    It would be fun riding in one of those buckets :)

  • 0MindSwept0
    0MindSwept02 dagar sedan

    Sounds like it's really on the ropes

  • Errol Moo
    Errol Moo2 dagar sedan

    I'm gonna put this on my BOOKET list

  • Martin
    Martin2 dagar sedan

    There's a Victorian thingy on a big hill in Wales, the car, like a ski lift has a big tank under it. A stream at the top fills the tank and the car descends under it's own weight. The other car which is at the bottom empties it's tank and thus ligher is pulled up to the top by the descending car.

  • A google Account
    A google Account2 dagar sedan

    Why don't we resurrect this idea w modern materials and use it to reduce fossil fuel consumption in other places too .

  • Martian Dan
    Martian Dan2 dagar sedan

    3:17 the answer to that is probably experience over gadgets. The people that built stuff back then just knew their trade front to back and had extensive hands-on experience. Nowadays we have technology that just seems to get in our way of making great things. We should be able to turn known tech that works, into amazing tech that works better and lasts longer. Instead we can't even build doors on machinery properly anymore. Or make cars that don't look like insect or spaceships. We push nature to the side and attempt to make things "better"....

  • number1one google
    number1one google2 dagar sedan

    Sooooo they used a nice invention but in the end still had to hand it over to a big CAT diesel great

  • Anthony Thompson
    Anthony Thompson2 dagar sedan

    Glad they're getting rid. Thing's an eye sore.

  • Shaun Robbins
    Shaun Robbins2 dagar sedan

    This is all trumps fault

  • Flood
    Flood2 dagar sedan

    It can’t be cheap to replace that rope every 6 years.

  • JordanR32
    JordanR322 dagar sedan

    Love the way that guy says "Bwooket"

  • Gregg
    Gregg2 dagar sedan

    I’m assuming there is sort of speed governing system on it? Would have been great to see how that works.

  • JP Montello Dr.Phosphorus
    JP Montello Dr.Phosphorus2 dagar sedan

    There are electric dump trucks nowadays with regenerative brakes getting the same results...

  • Topazman12
    Topazman122 dagar sedan

    If this works, then the world should duplicate this type of transportation.