The Car Fleet past and present

Over the years the Volk’s car fleet has gained and lost a number of vehicles, the inevitable consequence of such a long-lived operation.
Click on car numbers below to check up on details and photographs of all of the cars.

The question as to what constitutes a ‘train’ on Volk’s Electric Railway is open to debate. Each individual unit is known as a ‘car’ in a similar way to streetcars or tramcars. It is only when they are coupled together into two-car sets they become a ‘train’. For the purpose of describing the fleet, the word ‘car’ has been used.

The history of the VER fleet is quite complex but we have tried to plot the way through the mountain of information to present the details in the easiest possible form. Reference has been made to the work of several authorities including Conrad Volk and Alan A Jackson, but by far and away the most informative and well researched material is that produced by VERA member Barrie McFarlane. Hopefully Barrie’s research will eventually find its way into print where it will be required reading for anyone interested in Volk’s Electric Railway.

car1originalCar No.1

1883 • Original 2ft gauge car
Scrapped c.1884
(pictured left)

 Cars No. 1 & 2

1884 / 1885 • 30 seat saloons
Scrapped c.1946

Cars No. 3 & 4

1892 • 40 seat semi-opens
3 currently being rebuilt by VER. No. 4 was restored in 2016/17 using part of the Heritage Lottery Grant.

 wc1lrCar No. 5 (i)

1896 • 30 seat saloon • Scrapped in late 1920s

 Car No. 5 (ii)

1930 • Winter Car • Scrapped c.1946
(pictured left)

 Cars No. 6, 7 & 8   

1901 • 40 seat semi-opens
Car 6 was restored in 2016/17 using part of the Heritage Lottery Grant

 Ex Southend Cars No.  8 & 9

1898 • Ex Southend Pier 40 seat opens
No longer at the railway.  Car 8 is in storage near Southend.  Car 9 is at the Heritage Centre, Hassocks.

Car No. 9

1910 • 40 seat open • Available for service

 Car No. 10

1926 • 40 seat open •  This car was restored in 2016/17 using part of the Heritage Lottery Grant

Permanent Way

Engineers diesel Motor Rail • In service