‘Daddy Longlegs’ poster, 1890s

This poster advertises the Brighton and Rottingdean Seashore Electric Railway. Commonly known as the ‘Daddy Longlegs’ this elevated train ran along Brighton seafront between 1896 and 1901.

High times at low tide

Built by Brighton inventor Magnus Volk, the Daddy Longlegs was an attraction that no other seaside resort could compete with.

It was also one of the most peculiar railway lines ever built. Take a look at the poster and you will see it highlights that travelling at high tide is a very different experience to travelling at low tide.

This wasn’t just a case of offering the passengers a different view. A journey at high tide took considerably longer than travelling at low tide.

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