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“A little piece of history”

Volk’s Electric Railway
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US$25.56*
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Cycling Tour of Brighton City
Ranked #15 of 161 things to do in Brighton
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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“A little piece of history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2013

The Volks Railway has much to recommend it. It hugs the beach and has brilliant old, open sided carriages. The only downsides are that the tickets seem on the expensive side and the line doesn't make it all the way to the marina

Visited September 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Quaint and very Victorian”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2013

The Volks Railway is the worlds oldest electric railway, and works on the principle that the local trains in Southern England work on - an extra rail to provide electricity, rather than the more common overhead wires. The open-sided cars still have the original wooden seats, and clatter along the beach from Palace Pier to Black Rock (Marina). If you plan to travel on the line more than 3 times in a year, join the Volk's Electric Railway Association and you will be able to travel for 50p!

Visited July 2013
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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“The Oldest Electric Railway?”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2013

Volk’s Electric Railway sounds like only a slight thing when described verbally. Just a rather shabby, open-sided, single-car unit running for just over a mile along the seafront. But, have a look at the date over the entrance. 1883! In those days, an electric railway wasn’t just an amusing novelty but, to quote a sadly overused phrase, cutting edge technology.

Some claim that it’s the oldest electric railway in the world. That’s plausible, but I haven’t yet found an authoritative source to back it up.

It was the brainchild of Magnus Volk … who, despite his rather Germanic-sounding name was Brighton born and bred … and what we see today is the railway pretty much as it was when he constructed it.

Apart, of course, from its rather ‘lived in’ look, and the fact the driver no longer sports a high collar and a bushy moustache. They wouldn’t have looked right on her, anyway!

So, it might be said that, purely as a ride it’s rather ordinary … but, if you’re into railway history at all, it is, nevertheless, one not to be missed.

Visited September 2013
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North Wales
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“Work in progress.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2013

Closed for repairs. The railway that never stops had. The rail work being carried out was not explained by poster or otherwise. No idea how long the work would take.

Visited October 2013
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Dartford, United Kingdom
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“Great fun”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2013

Take a ride on the little train along the seafront, we walked back along the beach, our fault but we went past the rude bit of the beach without thinking, a few naked bodies even in the cold weather, the kids found it very funny, I said they was poor people and couldn't afford clothing. Walked along to the pier was windy but lovely. Legs took time to recover.

Visited October 2013
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