Volk’s Railway

Brighton's Volk’s Railway when it used to run on stilts

Brighton's Volk’s Railway when it used to run on stilts

First published in Nostalgia The Argus: Photograph of the Author by

Volk’s Railway in Brighton ran on stilts in its early days, making a ride on it exciting at high tide.

There were many reports of spray covering the carriages as waves went under the tracks.

Gradually beach levels increased, particularly when the marina was built in the 1970s, which restricted the drift of stones.

Founded in 1883 by Magnus Volk, this little line just over a mile long was the first electric railway in Britain.

It still runs today between the Aquarium and Black Rock but only in the spring and summer months.

This picture shows the railway against the backdrop of Madeira Drive.

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