Brighton’s historic railway, the Volk’s railway, has reopened for the school half-term holiday following a series of maintenance programs which deferred its opening at Easter.
The restoration of a live underground gas pipe will allow the seafront route to be operative until 29 October which also includes a new aquarium station and a visitor centre.
“It’s brilliant to see the Volk’s being able to extend its opening times and range of activities thanks to the new visitor centre and facilities,” said City council tourism lead, Alan Robins.
“The railway is one of the city’s oldest treasures and the funding injection it’s had means more residents and visitors will enjoy these seaside journeys for many more years to come,” he added.
Replacing a timber framed tram shed which the local council decided was not “economically viable to repair,” the new visitor centre is free to enter and features exhibits covering the lifetime of inventor Magnus Volk and his railway.
Also included in the £1.65m restoration project, which was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Brighton and Hove City Council and the Volk’s Electric Railway Association, is the plan to build a conservation workshop where volunteers will be trained and visitors can view the ongoing restoration work.