The oldest pier railway in the world!
The Victorians greatly enjoyed pier building. In 1870, it was proposed that the Hythe ferry would serve it’s passengers better, if it did not require them to walk out onto a gravel hard, that was difficult to navigate and frequently resulted in the ferry passenger getting very wet feet. It took another eight years before the pier was finally built. The iron pier is 640m in length and such was it’s success, that in 1909, tracks were laid to carry passenger’s baggage to the ferry. The trolleys were moved along the track by hand but in 1922 a narrow gauge electric railway was opened and this conveyed passengers along the full length of the pier, adding to the excitement of the whole event. This railway with its original engine and rolling stock is still in operation, making it the oldest pier railway in continuous operation in the world #pier #railway #historical #electrictrain #victorian #straightoffthecamera #interesting #hythe #cybershot #amateurphotography