VERA volunteers back at work…….

With the relaxation of the lockdown VERA’s volunteers have been allowed back to the railway and are working hard to get things ready for the reopening of the railway on the 29th May. Work is taking place on the cars and the track, while our drivers have had their medicals and refresher courses with our…

Railway closes for the winter

The 2020 season fizzled out because of the rain and wind on the 31st October when the railway’s management decided it was too wet to carry passengers. However, three VERA members, Nick Owen, Les Kenward and Mick Mills decided to run a ‘last train’ as we do each year. Battling the wind and rain the…

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…

VERA Late Running dates announced

The dates have been announced for VERA’s ever popular Late Running evenings, when volunteers take over the operation of the railway for a few hours. This year the dates are as follows and are all Sunday’s: 28th April 17.00 – 19.00 26th May 17.00 – 19.30 30th June 17.00 – 19.30 28th July 17.00 – 19.30…

NEW BUILDINGS EMERGE AS HERITAGE LOTTERY PROJECT GATHERS PACE

The month of June has seen great progress being made as the steel skeleton of the new depot reaches roofline and the prefabricated Aquarium Station and Visitor Centre is lowered onto its foundations.  The new station buildings travelled on low-loaders from the manufacturer in Newhaven and were lowered into place during the night of 15th/16th…