Volks Electric Railway

Photograph, c1910

Photo:Rough sea at Brighton, breaking over Volks Electric Railway

Rough sea at Brighton, breaking over Volks Electric Railway

Scanned from an original copy of '67 Views of Brighton, Hove and Neighbourhood', circa 1910, by kind permission of David Burgess

This page was added on 22/03/2006.
Comments about this page

Wow, that looks bad.

By Tasha (15/07/2007)

Travellers on today's Volk's Railway will be unaware that it originally ran on a high, flimsy-looking steel viaduct from the Pier terminus for several hundred metres eastward, well beyond Paston Place. Part of this viaduct was completely washed away in the same storm of 1896 that finally did for the old Chain Pier. The viaduct was reinstated, but shingle buildup since has been so great as to make the original elevated alignment now ground level, although I can remember that in my own childhood (1950s) the Pier terminus itself still stood on a metal structure with space underneath. An excellent 1932 picture of the viaduct, at least five metres above the beach, with people happily bathing immediately below it, can be found on page 16 of "Volk's Railways, Brighton: An Illustrated History" by Alan A Jackson (Plateway Press).

By Len Liechti (05/05/2008)

The viaduct at Aquarium Station was originally made of wood but was rebuilt using steel during the early 1950s. There is still a viaduct there but it has been renewed several times since then. The viaduct shown on page 16 of Alan Jackson's book is located just east of the Banjo Groyne, not at Aquarium. Longshore drift over many decades has resulted in it being completely buried by shingle. The remains are probably there to this day. For a comparison, see page 19 of the book. A small, rusty and broken part of one of the top girders is still visible to the north of the railway track.

By John Goddard (19/04/2009)

If you're already a registered user of this site, please login using the form on the left-hand side of this page.