THE DADDY LONG LEGS - BRIGHTON
The still operating Volks railway, running from Palace Pier to Black Rock, once had an ambitious extension. In 1896, Magnus Volk, local engineer and dreamer, built a sea-faring carriage which ran through the shallows at high tide. The Daddy Long Legs, called so for it’s 7m high stilts, was a pier-like saloon carrying up to 30 passengers along the coastline, powered by electricity, conducted through the water.
The fate of the Daddy Long Legs was short lived. After suffering severe storm damage just 6 days in, the enterprise struggled on for just 4 years before lack of both funds, and sea defences stood in it tracks. Legacy of this ill-fated invention remain in the shape of slowly eroding concrete sleepers which are still visible at low tide east of the marina.