Isle of Wight

  • Ryde Rail: A History of Tube Trains on the Isle of Wight

    Ryde Rail: A History of Tube Trains on the Isle of Wight

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    By Richard C Long ONE of the quirkiest and most interesting parts of the UK rail network is the line from Shanklin to Ryde Pier Head on the Isle of Wight.  Since 1967, the line has been operated using second-hand London Transport Tube trains, and this new book provides a thorough history of the island’s electric…

  • Island Line to remain in rail franchising system after four-year battle

    Island Line to remain in rail franchising system after four-year battle

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    Vivarail trains for Isle of Wight as part of £26m investment by Phil Marsh THE unique Island Line will remain a heavy rail-operated route thanks to an investment worth £26million to cover new trains, a new passing loop, new platform height, and other infrastructure changes.  The news comes at the end of a four-and-a-half year…

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