Title ID 7214Collection ID876
Title[Volk’s Railway Scenes]
Date[ca. 1986]
CollectionB. C. Suter
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionAlbum/Journal
ThemeSeaside Transport
KeywordsRailway Stations Railways Leisure Time Activities Seaside Resorts Beaches Piers [Palace Pier, Brighton] Workers Local History
RegionalBrighton & Hove
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionB. C. Suter
CameraB. C. Suter
NarratorB. C. Suter
FormatColour Sound
Duration2 min. 47 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This short transport film narrated by B. C. Suter, describes the Volk's Electric Railway accompanied by footage of the line running during the busy Summer months and closed during the Winter.


A Volk's Electric Railway train leaves the station at the Palace Pier. Informative commentary, by the film's maker B. C. Suter, explains the line's history "...Residents and celebrities regularly use the line in the summer for shopping trips etc. into town, but it is holiday makers and visitors who make up the bulk of the large amount of passengers carried each season. For example, in 1980, nearly 7,000 people were carried on August Bank Holiday Monday alone. It seems an amazing thing that in this day and age this little piece of Victoriana, has kept going in its original form for over 100 years. Long may it continue to do so." The film then shows the train in motion between the Palace Pier and Marina stations, shot from the front and back of the moving train, and the beach beside.

[Not included in online clip] Scenes filmed while the line is closed during Winter follow. Closed and locked storehouses are shown, and men perform maintenance work on the line. Sound during the last minute of the film is distorted.