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 Scott

    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".

    • Andrew Dobbs
      Andrew Dobbs

      i love you Tom

    • Miu Miu Koo
      Miu Miu Koo

      Jolly good 🤗👍

    • izukiss !!
      izukiss !!


    • 101mfoxiwriteabit IG
      101mfoxiwriteabit IG

      @Portobello Mushroom it was incredible especially the wave

    • 101mfoxiwriteabit IG
      101mfoxiwriteabit IG

      @penumbra01 you can

  • Francis 11
    Francis 11

    Perpetual motion doesn’t exists! I get that when it goes downhill it doesn’t use fuel but what about uphill?

  • Daxxon Jabiru
    Daxxon Jabiru

    I want a ride.

  • Michael Ciotta
    Michael Ciotta

    I bet people would pay money to ride it back and forth lmfao.

  • hellodavey1902


  • mllop aeet
    mllop aeet

    Soooooo turn into a tourist attraction. This whole video ive been thinking “I soooo wanna ride in those buckets”. Bucket ride Nature tours

  • WZPlasticBling

    Can you answer why humans fear death?

  • chru cas
    chru cas

    👍👌👏 Simply fantastic! Nowadays unfortunately trucks everywhere. Not even the railway is used properly.

  • Erez Ben Lulu
    Erez Ben Lulu

    RemindMe! 15 years

  • AndyfromWrexham

    Places like this should be preserved forever. I'd pay for a ride in the bucket.

  • Macht

    Love this booket content

  • Bean

    Why doesn't it use any power? I don't get it.

  • Johan Bruintjes
    Johan Bruintjes

    Because it is so old and Unique isnt possible to make it part of british national heritage or even list it for Unesco?

  • Barath Raj
    Barath Raj

    I guess you could say..the ropeway is gonna kick the bucket in 2036! I'm sorry, I'll leave

  • jacklikesjuggling

    I don't understand how the empty bins come back uphill without power. Is the potential energy of the full bins somehow being converted into driving them back up?

  • OctoNova


  • Ian Wright
    Ian Wright

    There's one in the Pyrénées that generates electricity from the weight of the rock going down.

  • Blackrepublicanusa

    Brilliant, simply brilliant

  • Kilo Meter
    Kilo Meter

    Because it doesn’t use anything it doesn’t make anyone any money that’s why they are changing it.

  • notyours

    This was a super feel good video and I couldn't tell you why

  • PoshMurder

    Honestly you're probably my favourite ISnetsr. I was born here in SW London, going to be 33 next month, and I'm still learning a LOT about the country I love - all through your videos! I hope you have all your videos backed up, in case ISnets ever has issues in the future, so we can put them in an archive!

  • Lost Space
    Lost Space

    Bruv explain how it works with a Diagram or something. The gravity of the weight going down pulls the lighter empty bucket up? With breaks on?

  • swer

    i wouldve loved a more in depth explanation on how this thing works, it makes absolutely no sense to me

    • chooch1995

      The raw material comes from up above, a quarried hilltop. It’s sent downhill to the brick factory via the rope way. Gravity. The weight of the loaded buckets on the down side pull the empty buckets back up the hill...are you following? Pick something up...drop it. It went down. Gravity!

  • Graysonkhaskins 3
    Graysonkhaskins 3

    Hi Tom I was wondering if u could do a vid about how some people Do and Dont have a voice inside of there brain and some people just see pictures? I dont know if this fits with your channel but you explain stuff well so thanks if you do :)

  • ProtoBoi5

    We need more instead of less of these

  • Lydia


    • Ethan Bennett
      Ethan Bennett

      the many accents of northern england are one of a kind

  • Sam Cyanide
    Sam Cyanide

    nice hole

  • Mia Petersen
    Mia Petersen

    I wonder if it could become some kind of live museum the day that the mine closes

  • lyricalcarpenter

    how do the empty buckets go back up the line?

  • My_Name_Is_ Chef
    My_Name_Is_ Chef

    Seems like you shouldn’t change it. Just add another one

  • Your Dad
    Your Dad

    if this thing can run with just gravity why aren't there more of them? It seems strange to go out of your way to construct underground conveyor belts or use trucks to haul shale for anything other than a special scenario where one of these wouldn't be viable. Is it just because they take too much skill to operate or something? Or does it have to do with maybe the ropes being too expensive and/or time consuming to replace every few years?

  • Ludovic Douay
    Ludovic Douay

    I just realized how ski lift were invented

  • Justin Erickson
    Justin Erickson

    Why would they engineer something that requires less energy if they aren't getting subsidies for it? I'm confused. Politicians and professors and Greta have made me believe that humans won't do good and smart things unless they are forced and incentivized to comply with politicians, professors, and Greta.

  • Peter Müller
    Peter Müller

    This is truly environmental friendly. stupid to close it down.

    • Ethan Bennett
      Ethan Bennett

      that isn't why they're closing it down

  • Naidu VGA
    Naidu VGA

    this is the most basic difference between modern and ancient methods of doing many things. the reason for our dumping the old ones and always coming up with even the most absurd ways is simply on an economic scale. if it dont fit in it goes out, even if it is the best one

  • NoClassic

    so if it has brakes it could be making power as well?


    Sometimes i watch your video even i don't understand it

  • Waterbird 4222
    Waterbird 4222

    Very Cool

  • Deepa Rana
    Deepa Rana

    in nepal still in rural areas its normal to have this ropeway

  • deDatdus

    I has boohket

  • Mark Shenton
    Mark Shenton

    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 Larcher

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

  • Celtic2Realms

    Very good

  • Chicken yes
    Chicken yes

    Someone please put gropro on that bucket

  • Dylan BB
    Dylan BB

    Tom is such a classic ISnets channel

  • Matthew Harvey
    Matthew Harvey

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

  • extonville

    It’s pronounced Claw tun. Not Claff tun

  • Sky Luke
    Sky Luke

    This would be the dopest ride ever!

  • Nico Kelly
    Nico Kelly

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

  • C Teal
    C Teal

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

  • Tomsouz17

    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 Peter

    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 An

    Ropeway - most energy efficient transport available until now.

    • David Dou
      David Dou

      Not when you need an engine because it is transporting material uphill.

  • JosiexJosie

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

  • mal x
    mal x

    How tf are tou going to improve on that

    • Emily An
      Emily An


  • Poggy

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

  • Pedro Folloni Pesserl
    Pedro Folloni Pesserl

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

    • David Dou
      David Dou

      You are being stupid, go back watch and listen.

  • FW911

    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 Banks

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

  • Davis Peterson
    Davis Peterson

    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 K

    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 Guthrie

    Literally every chairlift ever made.

  • george waite
    george waite

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

  • nick ford
    nick ford

    Energy storage anyone

  • M Godinho
    M Godinho

    Congratulations, thank you very much for your video

  • 1967AJB

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

  • Peter Miller
    Peter Miller

    Does it run all night?

    • Ethan Bennett
      Ethan Bennett

      probably not knowing that it requires people to do it

  • fart sneed
    fart sneed

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

  • Ruri Rotaru
    Ruri Rotaru

    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 Matula


  • Just hacking Around
    Just hacking Around

    What an interesting video!

  • Peter Senn
    Peter Senn

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

  • Akbar Mohamed Ali
    Akbar Mohamed Ali

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

  • Victors Bondarchuks
    Victors Bondarchuks

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

    • Ethan Bennett
      Ethan Bennett

      they explain in the video why it will need to go. it's cool but a safety hazard and will be completely pointless and costly to maintain once the quarry has been fully excavated

  • Sanghamitra Ahirrao
    Sanghamitra Ahirrao

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

  • Jas Morris
    Jas Morris

    That is awesome

  • Peter Hjermø
    Peter Hjermø

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

  • Rocker Jim
    Rocker Jim

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

  • Herr Unsinn
    Herr Unsinn

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

  • maumastoks

    Ahhh that worker's accent

  • John Doe
    John Doe

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

  • Ramona E
    Ramona E

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

    • David Dou
      David Dou

      No, I don't think you understand the concept.

  • An M4 Variant
    An M4 Variant

    I shall ride the bucket.

  • Peter T_Rex
    Peter T_Rex

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

  • J T
    J T

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

    • anononomous

      You'd have to have the Starbucks at the top of a hill, so the people coming down are heavier than the people going up.

  • Cottontail Grouse
    Cottontail Grouse

    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 Lumberg

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

  • Jo LiMag
    Jo LiMag

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

  • Beige Fedora
    Beige Fedora

    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 Crown

    As that general hux?

  • Jason D
    Jason D


  • Phil Wetherick
    Phil Wetherick

    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

      * bastards need a kick to the teeth

  • Mat

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

  • Parko

    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 Sens

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

  • Mr Jay White
    Mr Jay White

    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

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

    • RobBobRig


    • Shanaya Choudhury
      Shanaya Choudhury

      haha, _fi-_ **trips over**

  • Ben Toth
    Ben Toth

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

  • Rueben James
    Rueben James

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

  • Henry B
    Henry B

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