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“Old Victorian Train with Attitudes to Match”

Volk’s Electric Railway
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Cycling Tour of Brighton City
Ranked #18 of 176 things to do in Brighton
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Reviewed September 22, 2013

We had a ride on this train 9 September 2013. We parked at the Marina end of the line and rode down to Brighton Pier. I asked the driver about the time of the last train and was told 5.00pm. When we returned at 4.15 we were told that the service had closed because of the ‘weather‘. This seemed reasonable. The Station was deserted and it had been raining hard but was now dry. We were given a refund for the return fare and set off on the long walk back to our car, parked at the Marina end. That’s about a 1 mile walk and not made easy by one of us being in a wheelchair. Image our surprise when the service almost immediately resumed and were passed by 3 further trains during the 1 hour trudge back to our car. Call me a cynic but this seemed like clear discrimination. Was it the wheelchair or us? The wheelchair is folding and small enough to fit easily between the seats without damage. There is a notice at both stations that all buggies must be folded. It seems that the children with their buggies and the disabled with their wheelchairs are not welcome on this train.

Thank Michael D
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Reviewed September 22, 2013

The railway was doing very well, packed to capacity each run on a dull Saturday.
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The "stations" were very shabby and could do with a coat of paint. It is very depressing to see them in such a state, and given the charges and the numbers travelling, one would think the company could run to some redecoration.

It's sixty years since I last used this railway!! Fun and nostalgic to be on it again, unique views of the seafront and giving easy access to the Sand Sculpture and the Marina.

Thank nodrog137
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Reviewed September 21, 2013

It was a cheap and fun way to get from Brighton to the Marina when you've been shopping all day and have tired legs|.

Thank LupinJuniper
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Reviewed September 13, 2013

Just east of the pier,we got the Volks railway to the Marina.
Took just over ten minutes and around £6 return, good value, leaves every half hour.

Thank John F
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Reviewed September 10, 2013

We took a family with teenagers for a day trip to Brighton.

To find Volks Railway from the station head straight down until you reach the sea front. Then walk along the front towards the pier and after passing the Pier you will find the ticket office for the railway.

Best value is to purchase a return ticket.

The railway runs along the sea shore stopping at The Halfway Station where you can break the trip and get a snack at the Cafe or just watch the Beach Volleyball.

The journey ends just before the Marina and you can then walk into the Marina a where many shops and restaurants can be found even the obligatory McDonald's.

When we visited a new feature in the Sand Sculpture Exhibition which is between the Marina Railway Station and Marina itself.

Teenagers are difficult to please but they all enjoyed the ride both ways.

This line is a must also for railway buffs and did in fact start operating in 1883 when Marcus Volk built it. The current line opened after the 2nd World War in 1948 and is now run by Brighton Council with the help of enthusiastic volunteers.

So if having time out in Brighton do try to take a ride as it really is a bit of nostalgic fun and saves a long walk to the Marina.

1  Thank Wacky the Wizard
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