The Brighton Sea Railway

The Brighton Sea Railway

I’ve just been sent an interesting YouTube animation of one of the most bonkers railways ever built – Volk’s Brighton to Rottingdean Seashore Electric railway.

This mad piece of Victorian eccentricity saw what amounted to a part-submerged moving pier travelling through the sea from Brighton to Rottingdean.

The Brighton Sea Railway

The whole venture lasted less than seven years, but you can see a short animation of the electric railway tram, ‘Pioneer,’ which was officially classified as a ship and had to be piloted by a trained sea captain!

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One Comment on “The Brighton Sea Railway”

  1. When I was a kid in the nineteen fifties we spent many a Sunday on the beaches between Brighton and Ovingdean. The concrete or stone foundation blocks of the railway were still scattered along the beach, visible at low tide. Are they still there?

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