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…

TRAINS RETURN AFTER LOCKDOWN

On July 25th trains returned to the rails on the seafront line after a very delayed start to the season due to the Corona Virus pandemic. There are special anti virus precautions in place and these can be seen by clicking HERE. Trains are running between Aquarium and Black Rock from 11am to 5pm (subject…

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. …