NEW VERA LEAFLET

The new VERA leaflet is available at the railway’s booking offices Click on the image to enlarge it

RAILWAY OPENS FOR 2022 SEASON FROM AQUARIUM TO HALFWAY

The railway has opened for the 2022 season from Aquarium to Halfway. The eastern end of the railway remains closed while work on the new level crossings associated with the new Boardwalk continues. It is hoped the entire line will be able to open in late May / early June.

VERA WINTER MEETING 26th January “British Trains Remembered”

Our next meeting is on Wednesday 26th January at 7.30pm when Keith Carter will present a programme of cine films entitled “British Trains Remembered”.  The meeting will be at Patcham Community Centre, Ladies Mile Road, Patcham, Brighton, BN1 8TA.  Doors open at 7.00pm.  Refreshments will be served in the interval.  There is no charge for attendance,…

VERA WINTER MEETING 24th November @ 7.30pm “How Dr Beeching saved the Railways (and set the scene for the current Railway Renaissance)”.

Our November live meeting at Patcham Community Centre, Ladies Mile Road, Patcham, Brighton, BN1 8TA, commencing at 7.30pm. (Doors open 7pm) In a talk which may challenge some preconceptions, Tim Kendell looks at the development of Britain’s railways and how they became unsustainable, leading to the realisation that something had to be done. The talk…

Railway closes for the winter

The Railway is now closed for the winter. There’s lots of work to do during the closed season so if you would like to help please see our VERA page.

VERA 30th SEPTEMBER WINTER MEETING

THE BLACKPOOL STORY….Part 3 Blay Whitby returns by popular demand to continue his history of Britain’s first electric street tramway – and the only first generation tramway to survive to the present. PLEASE NOTE. Our winter meeting on September 30th will be a little different as instead of being able to hold it in the…

REMEMBERING VERA’s 25th ANNIVERSARY

25 years ago, on 16th September 1995, a group of Volk’s Electric Railway enthusiasts gathered at the Pavilion Theatre and formally established Volk’s Electric Railway Association, affectionately to be known as VERA. Its main aims, then as of now, are to assist and support the railway and to gather artefacts relating to the work of…

VERA CHARITY STATUS UNLOCKS NEW PROJECTS

Earlier this year and before the coronavirus lockdown, VERA gained Registered Charity status (No. 1186970), something that had been on the agenda for many of our 25 years. The change from Association to Charity was ratified by the membership through a ‘virtual’ vote at the end of March and the transfer took place during April. …

VERA WINS HERITAGE RAILWAY AWARD

On Saturday 8th February 2020 five members of VERA, accompanied by Maurice Curran from Volk’s Electric Railway, attended the Heritage Railway Association’s Annual Awards Event at the Burlington Hotel, Birmingham.  Having previously been notified that VERA had been shortlisted for an award, we considered that to be an accolade in itself and had no expectations when we sat down…