Volks Electric Railway



Owner Volks Electric Railway (owned by Magnus Volk and family)
Opened 4th August 1883 (electric)
Operator Volks Electric Railway
Taken over (infrastructure) 1939 (Brighton Corporation)
Taken over (operation) 1st April 1940 (Brighton Corporation)
Length 1.25 miles
Gauge 2 ft 0ins, but regauged and extended the following year to 2ft 9ins, then reduced in 1886 to 2ft 8½ins

Button description (Pattern 1) Stylised letter ‘V’ within a garter
Materials known Brass
Button Line reference [None]

Button description (Pattern 2) Monogram of joined letters, ‘VR’, within a rim
Materials known Brass
Button Line reference [None]

Comments The opening day of the Volks Electric Railway was a significant date in the evolution of tramways and railways in the British Isles, being the first use of electric traction to carry fare-paying passengers. The passenger carrying cars originally ran on reserved railway tracks with power supplied via one of the rails, though this was quickly superseded by installation of a third-rail; the Volks is therefore an electric railway rather than an electric tramway.

I have no evidence whatsoever that these buttons were worn by staff of the Volks Electric Railway, though they are frequently sold as such. The buttons themselves look very much like stock patterns, so it is entirely possible that they were also used by other organisations.