Monday, 5 May 2014

Travel Like It's 1883: Volks Electric Railway

Established in 1883, Volks Electric Railway is the oldest operating electric railway in the world. As I mentioned briefly in my previous post, Dad and I took a trip on it on Saturday.

Despite it having been there all my life, I've never ridden upon it! Strange, because it seems like the perfect little ride for a family to enjoy. The carriage we rode on had passengers of all ages.

The railway runs along Brighton seafront, between the Aquarium station and Black Rock station, for the marina. There's also a halfway station, but why get off there when you can ride the entire length of the line?

We ended up riding the same car there and back. Considering it was built in 1910, I bet it's seen a lot of passengers!

When you arrive at Black Rock station, you'd be forgiven for thinking you'd been abandoned in some kind of seaside wasteland! But the marina, with a shops, a cinema, bowlplex and various restaurants, is just a short walk away.

Volks Electric Railway is a very quaint and charming attraction; trains run every 15 minutes so you never have too long to wait if you miss one! It's a pleasant little ride along the coast, especially if you want to take the load off your feet for a bit!

The Volk's Electric Railway Association website has tonnes of information about the railway, it's history, and visitor information.

Having ridden on this, I can now cross off another item on The List:

041. Ride the Volks Railway in Brighton

Hurrah! I know it's a bit of a geeky thing, but I did think it was terrible that I've been to Brighton hundreds of times and never ridden on this railway! (Next up: Brighton Wheel?)

This was NOT a sponsored post. I write about the events I attend, the shops, products and brands I like, solely because I like them and want others to hear about them.

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