01011293 460x270 - The Southend Pier railway

The unusual three foot six inch gauge railway as it was known in its final form began operation in 1949. The exact date for the introduction of the new trains, signalling and crossovers took place on 13th April 1949. The pier’s first railway began partial operation in 1889 thus thisRead More →

DSC 0769fi 460x270 - Kursaal Amusement Park

Everyone knows Blackpool Pleasure Beach is invariably Britain’s biggest seaside theme park. But it wasn’t always like this. One of Britain’s biggest was officially closed down 45 years ago this month – although by this time it had practically become derelict. It was affectionately known as ‘The Kursaal.’ A hugeRead More →