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Designed and built by Magnus Volk, the ‘pioneer’ or ‘Daddy Long Legs’ as it was popularly known served the Brighton and Rottingdean seashore electric railway between 1896 and 1901. Propulsion was by electric motorand due to regulations then in place, a qualified sea captain was on board at all times, and the car was provided with lifeboats and other safety measures.This was a proposal by Magnus Volk for a railway that ran along on rails underneath the sea for about 50 to 100 yards offshore, from where his existing electric railway finished all the way to Rottingdean, where it was connected to a pier. The tramcar ran on stilts that were about 24 feet above the sea bed.
The railway was fairly short lived. It opened in 1896, but ceased to operate in 1901 when the council were introducing more sea defences along the coast and wanted to build groynes out into the sea.
Signed Giclée – printed using the highest quality acid-free light-fast archival 300gsm Minuet Cotton Rag. This heavyweight etching board is velvety smooth with a fine surface texture and it is one of the most popular media worldwide for artwork and photography. Using pigment-based UltraChrome and Ultra Violet (UV) inks, the Giclée printing process ensures our prints have superior detail, colours and longevity.
Frame not included.
A4 – 297x210mm