VERA helps railway celebrate 135 years
Volk’s Electric Railway reached 135 years of age on Saturday 4th August 2018. After postponing celebrations until after the Brighton Pride event on the same day, VERA hosted a small event on Saturday 11th August to not only mark the rejuvenated railway’s birthday but also to acknowledge the contribution made by VERA volunteers to keep the railway in good shape.
Brighton & Hove’s Mayor, Councillor Dee Simpson, arrived at 10.30am and was introduced to VERA Chairman Ian Gledhill, broadcaster and volunteer Nicholas Owen and Deputy Railway Manager Barry Fuller. Madam Mayor was given a short presentation on the history of the railway by Peter Williams before speeches were made to thank all who have been involved over many years. She was then taken for a ride on the railway using restored Car 4, driven by Nicholas Owen.
Imagine Madam Mayor’s surprise when she was invited to take the controls for the return run to Halfway, a task that was performed without fault! A brief tour of the new sheds and Visitor Gallery then took place before the party returned to Aquarium.