the smartphone app is live on the 6th November for a year

The Pioneer AR app is available to download for Android and Apple on saturday 6th November, it will remain live for at least one year thanks to funding from The Arts Council of England.

For Android phones, the Pioneer AR is available on the Play Store at

For iPhones, due to COVID there are delays getting apps into the app store but we have a way to install it via Test Flight, which is the Apple testing platform – just follow this link –

I hope you are as excited as the Victorian train is to ride again !
If you come down to the original tracks at low tide in daylight hours, any month of the year, you can actually trigger the Pioneer to appear when standing on the remnants of the concrete that the rails were attached to !

Inside Pioneer app

We are testing the app for Android & iOS smartphones, keeping the user interface simple and clean, triggering the experience from a special (free) postcard or by visiting the original location along Kemptown seafront, heading towards Rottingdean

Postcards are currently in Lighthouse and will be in Phoenix galleries foyer from saturday. The free smartphone app Pioneer_AR launches on 06.11.21 and links will be here for all to use.

See the Pioneer original train tracks in the sea during low tide

Each month when the low tide happens with a full moon the original cement blocks beneath the sea, in the rock pools are revealed, the metal tracks where bolted onto these. Pioneer rain on wheels attached to these rails. Most metal was removed for scrap / recycling prior to WW1. This view is to the east side of Brighton Marina, the route we will walk alongside on the Undercliff path from 3-6pm.

App available from 06.11.21

The Pioneer_ AR app will be available to download from Google playstore and Apple iTunes App Store from saturday 6th November, the postcards are available from Lighthouse centre in Brighton now.

At 3pm on 06.11.21 we will meet in Brighton Marina in the Village Square to launch together and trace the route partially hidden in low tide, we will walk along the undercliff path which is paved. Here is a test photo as it glides down The Strand, that wasn’t there in its lifetime.

Here is the Pioneer being triggered from the postcard image, available in Lighthouse

Lighthouse, 28 Kensington Street, Brighton, BN1 4AJ, (+44) 01273 647197

06.11.21 Artist’s guided walk / launch of Pioneer, a sea-faring train from 1896

starting place ‘Village Square’ in Brighton Marina

Meet at 3pm at the Village square in the Marina, departing for an augmented, time travelling, sightseeing along the Undercliff walk on the path at the sea level.

Village Square, Brighton Marina Village, BN2 5WD

ending at Paston Place, Banjo Groyne, Kemptown sea front

Pioneer in print

The app is live from the 6th November

The postcards to trigger the experience in any location will be freely available on 28.10.21 the first day of Brighton Digital Festival inside
Lighthouse, 28 Kensington Street, Brighton, BN1 4AJ
(+44) 01273 647197

Five interesting photos during the short life of the Railroad, in four of which passengers are seen. A pity they are so indistinct as more clarity would have been revealed the mechanics of the operation.

How to experience the Pioneer

The app will be live and available to download from the 6th of November 2021 !

Join the launch of the Pioneer (Daddy longlegs) at 3pm on Saturday 6th November 2021. Experience augmented Victorian engineering from 1896 on your smartphone by joining the artist’s walk. Using the geo-tagged features of the new free smartphone app when walking close to the original route it took it will trigger it to reappear out at sea.

We will meet in the village square of The Marina, seeing it where it once passed as this site hadn’t been built during its existence. The walk will be approximately 1.3 miles along the undercliff path observing the tracks if low tide permits visibility. We will return towards Brighton with a pause for refreshments at The Daddy Longlegs pub in kemptown.
Here is a map to help you begin.

For people heading back into Brighton, the start of The Pioneer’s journey began from ‘Banjo Groyne’ in Kemptown on the main promenade opposite Paston Place.

The car approaching the Paston Place Terminus, with a good view of the line poles supporting the overhead wire.

If you can’t make this and are not in Brighton make sure you collect a ‘Pioneer’ postcard of the Daddy Longlegs with instructions on the reverse, so you can trigger the experience anywhere you like.

Available in opening hours from :

1. Lighthouse, 28 Kensington St, Brighton BN1 4AJ from 28th October
2. The Daddy Longlegs pub, 1 Arundel place, Brighton, BN2 5TE
3. The Royal Victoria Hotel, Marina, St Leonards, Saint Leonards-on-sea TN38 0BD

The Sea Going Car, abandoned at the end of the rapidly decaying Ovingdean Gap Station, about 1902. The over-the-sea railway had only a short life, being in use from 1896-1901.

Pioneer launch November 6th 2021

3pm, Brighton Marina 06.11.21
Futuristic engineering & public transport from 1896 ‘Pioneer’ rides again in November 2021 when I release my latest augmented reality artwork in @DigitalBrighton. Look out for Events & talks, seeing the Victorian version of SpaceX & NASA’s Perseverance mission landing in Mars #AR