The Camberwell Society

Society for those living, working or interested in Camberwell

Fun, fun, funicular


A new wonder on our station plinth driven by water and Tony Coleman

Many readers may still believe that the only reason to go to Denmark Hill station is to catch a train or view the artwork at the new entrance. But yet another installation will soon attract its own fans.

Barring disaster and / or mechanical failures, by the time you read this the Funicular Rail will have been installed on the station's garden plinth.

Hopefully, it will also have its two associated rolling ball runs attached and rolling. The device is water driven.

It has been created to be another in the series of mechanical wonders to grace the plinth and bring a smile to the faces of travellers and passers-by alike.

It will sit alongside the Marble Run, the Chaos Wheel, Sit- up Santa, the Cogmas Tree and other wonders that have entertained us, along with static displays such as Una Marson and the endearing Log Train.

People ask why? For the fun of it of course.

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The Camberwell Society was formed in 1970 and is the recognised amenity society for those living, working or interested in Camberwell.

The Society’s objectives, as defined by our constitution, are: to stimulate public interest in Camberwell, to promote high standards of planning and architecture in Camberwell, and to secure the preservation, protection, development and improvement of features of historic or public interest in Camberwell.

We are a charity and raise money for local charities. In the past we have raised money for Southside Rehabilitation Association, St Giles Trust, Cambridge House, the CamberwellCommunity Choir, the HollingtonYouth Centre and the Camberwell Arts Festival