september, 2022

17sepAll Day18AUTUMN GALAThis weekend features our historic Island locomotives in action. Look out for one, or both of our 'Terrier' locomotives which were a common sight on the Ventnor West branch until the 1940s.

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This weekend features our historic Island locomotives in action. Look out for one, or both of our ‘Terrier’ locomotives which were a common sight on the Ventnor West branch until the 1940s. These handing over the reins to the Class O2 locomotives, such as our own W24 Calbourne which will also be steaming throughout the weekend.

During the weekend there will be opportunities to ride aboard our push-pull carriages, veterans from the Ventnor West line, hauled by one of our ‘Terriers’.

With a busy timetable and three locomotives in steam, there’ll be plenty of action around the Railway.

This event commemorates the 70th anniversary of the closure of the branch line to Ventnor West. This was the last railway built on the Island, completed in 1900, and featured relatively elaborate stations, a lengthy curved tunnel, and a spectacular scenic section through the Undercliff with stunning sea views. Built with the ambition of transporting visitors to the fashionable resort of Ventnor, passenger numbers never lived up expectation. The newly nationalised British Railways didn’t waste any time in closing this loss-making line on 15 September 1952 – the first line on the Island to close.

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Isle of Wight Steam RailwayA visit to the multi-award-winning Isle of Wight Steam Railway will engage, inspire and excite you.info@iwsteamrailway.co.uk The Railway Station, Station Rd, Havenstreet, Ryde PO33 4DS

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