Volk's Marine Electric Railway, Brighton, East Sussex, 1883.
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Woodcut showing an electric locomotive pulling into a small platform on Brighton beach, with a station guard and waiting passengers. This quarter mile long pioneering electric railway on Brighton seafront was built by Magnus Volk and was opened on 3 August 1883. It was the world's first publicly operated electric railway, and, by January 1884, it had carried over 30,000 passengers.