Title ID 7221Collection ID876
Title[Brighton: Banjo Groyne]
Date[ca. 1992]
CollectionB. C. Suter
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeSeaside Leisure
KeywordsBeaches Sport Seaside Resorts Railways
LocalBrighton Rottingdean (?)
RegionalBrighton and Hove East Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionB. C. Suter
CameraB. C. Suter
FormatColour Sound
Duration1 min. 40 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This short narrated film shows fishermen at the Banjo Groyne where Magnus Volk's Brighton to Rottingdean seashore Electric Railway line once ran. A drawing is used to illustrate how The Pioneer tram or 'Daddy-Longlegs' looked, as built by Magnus Volk to take passengers to Rottingdean accompanied by a description of the line.


Narrative: "Years back the Banjo Groyne had seats on each side where the ladies and gentleman from Paston Place could take the sea air. It is interesting to note that it was from this Groyne in 1896 that Magnus Volk ran a strange looking long-legged electric car called The Pioneer. Quickly nicknamed the "Daddy-Longlegs" which ran along the sea bed as far as Rottingdean, about four miles. The car...ran on double tracks fixed on concrete blocks on the sea bed. It was badly damaged only a few days after the opening, by the same great storm of December 1896 which destroyed the old Chain Pier and Paston Place Station. But it was soon repaired and even royalty then had pleasure trips on it. But the rough seas which had caused Magnus so much trouble, where found to be eroding the coastline and Brighton corporation had to remove part of the track to allow new groynes to be built and so the line was closed. From the coast road going towards Rottingdean, some of the double lines of concrete blocks forming the track bed of this unique railway, can today still be seen at low tide".