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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 nice little ride

This is the oldest electric train in the world that is still functioning. My partner and myself took a walk along the beach to Brighton Marina which was about a mile and a half... read more

Reviewed 1 April 2014
Jay H
Lincoln, United Kingdom
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 April 2014

This is the oldest electric train in the world that is still functioning. My partner and myself took a walk along the beach to Brighton Marina which was about a mile and a half. After a spot of lunch we didn't quite fancy the walk back so we opted to take the volks train. It is a nice and well-priced... More 

Thank Jay H
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Reviewed 16 March 2014

I used to go on this alot of times back in the days and its still running which is good to see. The price is pretty affordable and the ride is nice. I like the fact that people wave to you as the train goes past.

Thank HermanMerman
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2014

it was so lovely to sit on an old fashioned little train and go along the whole of the seafront from the marina to the pier

1 Thank sandra195748
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2014

Parked for free at Asda and paid for the Volkks train in, as would rather pay towards upkeep of historic railway rather than give money to the grabbing council and their extortionate parking fees! Lovely ride and return journey 2 hours later, just long enough for a stroll up the prom or round the Lanes, bit of shopping in Asda,... More 

1 Thank Barcelonatrippers
Brighton, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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

2 Thank Kate H
London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
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 

Thank BussPotter
Salisbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
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 

3 Thank KeithKellett
North Wales
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 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.

1 Thank pete-flint
Dartford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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 

Thank Jackie W
Lancing, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
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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