City Insights

First day of Volks Railway season

By Jennifer Drury

 
Photo:Nicholas Owen and Stuart Strong open the 2015 season

Nicholas Owen and Stuart Strong open the 2015 season

┬ęTony Mould: images copyright protected

From Easter to September

Our photograph shows BBC newsreader Nicholas Owen, a long time supporter and fundraiser for Volks Railway, cutting the ribbon on the beginning of the 2015 season; he is assisted by Stuart Strong, Volks Railway Manager. Today is the first day of the season which runs from Easter to the end of September. Trains run every day until the end of the season, weather permitting.

Opened in 1883

Volks Railway was the first public electric railway in the world; it was opened on 4 August 1883 by Magnus Volk. Today the railway can carry up to eighty passengers along the beach for one and a quarter miles. A trip on Volks Railway is a wonderful experience for all the family; the stations are all wheelchair accessible.

Find out more?

If you would like to find out more about Volks Railway, or are interested in finding out how to be a supporter or volunteer you can visit the Volk's Electric Railway Association website. Stuart Strong, Volks Railway manager said "The stage two HLF lottery grant, if forthcoming late this summer, will be a fitting tribute to the life of Magnus Volk, and the museum planned for the seafront railway, will be fully accessible to a wide range of audience."

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