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…

RAILWAY STAFF LOOK FORWARD TO NEW SHED

The recently-announced Heritage Lottery Fund award for the construction of a new storage and maintenance shed means that the railway’s dedicated staff can finally look forward to better working conditions.  Stuart Strong, Manager of Volk’s Electric Railway since 1993 said “The shed has been supported by scaffolding for over half of the 21 years I have been…

HERITAGE LOTTERY FUND AWARD SET TO REJUVENATE VOLK’S RAILWAY

After years of waiting for a financial breakthrough, Volk’s Electric Railway has been awarded £1,593,800 by the Heritage Lottery Fund following a successful bid in 2013 by Brighton & Hove City Council.  The award is available in two stages over a period of three years; the first being the ‘project development phase’ lasting one year for…

HERITAGE LEARNING CONSORTIUM CHOSES MAGNUS VOLK FOR 2014 STUDY

Heritage Learning Brighton & Hove joins together heritage organisations across the city to offer schools a comprehensive choice of experiences for their pupils.  A Teachers Focus Group has been established representing 6 primary schools and on Wednesday 18th March they spent the day at Volk’s Electric Railway, together with representatives from Brighton Pavilion and Brighton Toy…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY VOLK’S RAILWAY – 130 YEARS!

Sunday, 4th August 2013, marked the 130th birthday of Volk’s Electric Railway, another milestone for the world’s oldest operating electric railway. To celebrate the occasion, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at 12 noon, the exact time at which Magnus Volk set off in his little electric railway car along 400 metres of narrow-gauge track laid…

Volk’s Railway wins prestigious award

Brighton’s Volk’s Electric Railway. The world’s oldest operating electric railway, was presented this week with a prestigious Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Engineering Heritage Award. The railway, which opened in 1883, will join a list of winners which include the Vulcan Bomber, the SS Great Britain and the WW2 code breaking machine at Bletchley Park. The…