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Volk’s Electric Railway

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Address: 285 Madeira Drive, Brighton BN2 1EN, England
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A little piece of history

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 November 2013
Kate H
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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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

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London, United Kingdom
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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... More 

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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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.... More 

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North Wales
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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.

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Dartford, United Kingdom
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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... More 

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Lancing, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2013

We took this great little train to Black Rock to see the Sand Sculpture(which were very disappointing) having not been on it for many years it was a very nostalgic journey. OK the stations could do with a freshen up but for the short time you a waiting it doesn't really seem to matter. It was a lovely day and... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2013

The Railway was quite busy when we visited last Wednesday (October 2nd). We found it quite expensive but the experience was quite invigorating. The stations were clean, although a coat of paint would not go amiss and the staff were very knowledgeable and helpful. Well worth a visit with more pluses than minuses, but a word of warning. It was... More 

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Hassocks, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2013

This 130 year old railway is still running, but some of it, especially the stations are in need of a coat of paint. Nice ride along the sea front but not much to do at Black Rock unless you plan to walk on further to the marina. Trains run every 15 minutes from the end of March till the end... More 

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Redditch
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2013

We had a ride on this train 9 September 2013. We parked at the Marina end of the line and rode down to Brighton Pier. I asked the driver about the time of the last train and was told 5.00pm. When we returned at 4.15 we were told that the service had closed because of the ‘weather‘. This seemed reasonable.... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2013

The railway was doing very well, packed to capacity each run on a dull Saturday. . The "stations" were very shabby and could do with a coat of paint. It is very depressing to see them in such a state, and given the charges and the numbers travelling, one would think the company could run to some redecoration. It's sixty... More 

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