The Volk’s Electric Railway, recognised as the oldest operating electric railway in the world, is set to commemorate a significant milestone – its 140th anniversary. This iconic line, sitting gracefully on Brighton’s eastern seafront, has been in constant operation since its establishment in August 1883.
The anniversary celebrations, planned for the weekend of August 12-13, 2023, will see a host of activities, special displays, and historical exhibitions. The railway’s history will come alive with re-enactments, and visitors can learn about the development and evolution of electric transport. The celebrations will also highlight the enduring impact of Magnus Volk, the pioneering engineer behind the railway, on Brighton and beyond.
Established over a century ago, the Volk’s Electric Railway represents a significant leap in transport history. Magnus Volk, whose vision and pioneering spirit brought about the railway, had a keen interest in electricity. His ingenuity and foresight saw him harness the nascent power of electricity, creating a reliable and sustainable public transportation system at a time when horse-drawn vehicles were prevalent.
Operating a 1.5-mile stretch between Aquarium Station, near Brighton Pier, and Black Rock Station, near Brighton Marina, the railway has delighted generations of residents and tourists alike. Its charm remains undiminished and serves as a testament to the power of human innovation and sustainability.