Isle of Wight Steam Railway

  • Steam Rail triumphs at Heritage Railways Association Awards

    Steam Rail triumphs at Heritage Railways Association Awards

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    At the Heritage Railways Association Annual Dinner and Awards held in Birmingham last Saturday, 11th March, nearly 200 of Britain’s leading preservationists assembled to celebrate the winners of awards in 12 categories that recognised the best practice in everything from income generation to waggon restoration.

  • Five favourite heritage railways in the UK

    Five favourite heritage railways in the UK

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    With over 150 heritage railways in the UK, it can be hard to know which one to visit first. Here’s a round up of some of our favourites, from the big names to some underrated gems.

  • Railways returning to action!

    Railways returning to action!

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    It’s been a long time coming, but the main 2020 season for a number of Britain’s heritage railways and attractions is springing into action following the gradual easing of Covid-19 restrictions. Therefore, we thought we’d bring you a list in alphabetical order of which venues are operating and when they’re set to recommence. Note however,…

  • Adams ‘Radial’ delights at Bluebell branch weekend

    Adams ‘Radial’ delights at Bluebell branch weekend

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    IT may have been largely on static display only, but the Bluebell Railway’s newly repainted Adams ‘Radial’ 4-4-2T No. 30583 still managed to steal the show at the railway’s Branch Line Weekend on March 15-17. The former Lyme Regis branch loco has been restored back to its BR lined black guise by the team from…

  • Calbourne and black ‘Radial’ for Bluebell’s branch gala

    Calbourne and black ‘Radial’ for Bluebell’s branch gala

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    The Isle of Wight Steam Railway’s ex-LSWR ‘O2’ No. W24 Calbourne will be returning to the UK mainland.

  • Island Line Tube stock stored at Ryde pending future disposal?

    Island Line Tube stock stored at Ryde pending future disposal?

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    THE modernisation of the 8½-mile Island Line between Ryde Pierhead and Shanklin should have commenced at the start of 2019 but the Department for Transport extended its own deadline until the end of March to determine what shape the modernisation will take.  When South Western Railway was awarded the franchise it was mandated to propose…

  • Soaraway Broadway success makes Glos Warks best in Britain

    Soaraway Broadway success makes Glos Warks best in Britain

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    REMARKABLE figures which showed that passenger numbers on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway rose by 42.5% in the wake of the Good Friday opening of the northern extension to Broadway have brought the coveted Heritage Railway Association’s Annual Award (Large Groups) 2019 to the Cotswold Line. The figures rose from 101,000 in 2017 to more than…

  • DfT decision on Island Line future deferred for three months

    DfT decision on Island Line future deferred for three months

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    By Phil Marsh THE Department of Transport has extended a deadline for South Western Railway’s (SWR) plan to transform the operation of the Island Line on the Isle of Wight (IoW). One of the franchise conditions of SWR taking over the loss-making Island Line was to work with the Isle of Wight Council and Isle…

  • Ryde Pier tram formally gifted to IoWSR

    Ryde Pier tram formally gifted to IoWSR

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    A UNIQUE Pollard & Sons electric tram was formally handed over to the Isle of Wight Steam Railway (IoWSR) on October 18 by Coun Dave Stewart, leader of Isle of Wight Council. The tram had once operated back and forth along Ryde Pier on the Isle of Wight. The single-deck standard gauge car is understood…

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