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…

CONSTRUCTION WORK WELL UNDER WAY AT BOTH SITES

The prolonged spell of good weather has enabled the main contractor, Cheesmur of Lewes, to push ahead with the preparation of both the Aquarium and Workshop sites prior to the erection of the buildings.  Construction of the new undercroft walls at the Aquarium station had, by April 10th, almost reached ground floor level.  Part of…

UPDATE ON HERITAGE LOTTERY ‘SAVING VOLK’S’ PROJECT FEBRUARY 2017

Although the Aquarium Station and Car Sheds were demolished in November 2016, you will probably be aware by now that there seems to have been little progress with construction! The reason is quite simple……it has taken much longer than expected to locate and disconnect the utility services at both sites.  During demolition of the Car…

CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTOR MOVES IN AND DEMOLITION BEGINS!

The appointed construction contractor, Messrs Cheesmur of Lewes, took possession of the Volk’s Electric Railway site on Monday 24th October.  The two sites, Aquarium Station and Car Sheds,  had previously been cleared of track and railway items by Volk’s staff and VERA volunteers and made ready to be formally ‘handed over’ to Cheesmur.  The contractor’s office…

HERITAGE LOTTERY CAR RESTORATION PROJECT MOVES AHEAD

Tuesday, 24th May 2016 was an historic day for Car no. 4 as it began its journey to Ross-on-Wye to be fully restored by Alan Keef Ltd as part of the Heritage Lottery project.  Service was suspended on the railway at 12.30pm to allow the car to be pushed to a loading point just east of…

LATE RUNNING EVENINGS GET OFF TO A GOOD START

Sunday 24th April saw the first of the 2016 season ‘late running’ evenings when VERA takes over the operation of the railway outside of normal service hours.  The weather was bright and rather cold but a steady flow of passengers enjoyed the experience of riding on the railway up to 7.00pm.  The picture, taken by Les Kenward, shows…

BRIGHTON MUSEUM HOSTS HERITAGE LOTTERY PROJECT OPEN DAY 9th APRIL

On Saturday 9th April Brighton Museum will be hosting an ‘Open Day’ for the Volk’s Electric Railway Heritage Lottery Project.  This is a chance to see the final plans for the new Aquarium Station & Visitor Centre and new Workshop and Rolling Stock Depot before work starts in September 2016.   Members of the Project Design Team and…

NICK OWEN OPENS VOLK’S RAILWAY ON GOOD FRIDAY 25th MARCH 2016

The railway’s 133rd season was opened by journalist and television broadcaster Nicholas (Nick) Owen on Good Friday, 25th March 2016.  Standing in bright Spring sunshine, Nick praised the efforts of the dedicated staff and volunteers in ensuring that the railway continues to operate. He said that this year will be the last opportunity to see the…

ALICE VOLK HELPS WITH RESTORATION PHOTOGRAPHY

We are very pleased to have the photographic services of Alice Volk, the great-great-granddaughter of Magnus Volk.  Alice was very excited to learn of the Heritage Lottery Grant and approached VERA a few weeks ago to see if she could be of any help with capturing views of Volk’s Railway ‘before and after’ the new…