Volks Railway

A girl rides on the Volks Railway

The Volks Railway has closed for the winter season, and will reopen in Spring 2017. Follow  on twitter for updates about the Heritage Lottery Fund restoration.

The Volks Railway was the first public electric railway in the world. It was opened on 4 August 1883 by Magnus Volk. Find out more about the history of the railway.

The railway can carry up to eighty passengers along the beach for one mile.

The Volk's Electric Railway Association (VERA) is a group of volunteers who support the railway. We hold volunteering days on Mondays, please contact the Volks Railway office for further information.

Railway and station information

The Volks Railway has closed for the winter season, and will reopen in Spring 2017.

During the season trains will run every day, weather permitting. There are also occasionally planned closures due to major events on the seafront, for example the London to Brighton bike ride. These closures happen because of the high numbers of people using the 13 crossings over the railway tracks to the beach on these days. We add details of any closures to this web page.

The full train journey from Aquarium Station to Black Rock (Marina) Station usually takes about 12 minutes. Allow 30 minutes for a return journey.

Map showing the Volks Railway stations along the seafront

Accessibility for passengers with a disability

The stations are all accessible by wheelchair. Wheelchairs must be folded to fit on the trains.


Public toilets with disabled facilities are at each station. There are also toilets in the children's playground at Paston Place, by Halfway Station.


Coach and car parking spaces are available near the Black Rock (Marina) Station along Madeira Drive.

Tickets and fares

Buy your tickets at the railway station before departure. Children under 5 years old can travel for free on the Volks Railway.

Changes to service times & temporary closure information

As per Section I (Timetables and Train Services) of the Heritage Railway Association guidelines, the railway does occasionally close at very short notice due to unforeseeable circumstances and during severe weather. Whilst we do make every effort to avoid such closures and to advertise them as widely as possible, such difficulties are a part of running such a historic railway along a very busy seafront. If you are in doubt, please don't hesitate to contact the railway.

Changes to service times and temporary closures will be advertised at the Blackrock (Marina) and Aquarium stations, if and when they arise. Information about the current service can also be obtained by calling the railway office on 01273 292718.

Contact details

For more information, follow us on twitter  or call us on 01273 292718             

You can visit our volunteers' association, Volk's Electric Railway Association (VERA). We hold volunteering days on Mondays, please contact the office for further information.