Access Keys

Isle of Wight holidaymakers to see historic train?

Wed 10 Aug 2011

Isle of Wight holidaymakers to see historic train?

Individuals heading on Isle of Wight holidays may now get the opportunity to take in a steam train designed in the same manner as those seen on the island in the 1950s.

The Isle of Wight (IW) Steam Railway has returned a passenger carriage to traffic in unlined British Railway's crimson livery - the first time a carrier has been presented in such a way for 40 years, the Isle of Wight Chronicle reports.

Having been in the workshop since early summer for improvements to its panelling, the composite bogie coach - originally built in 1924 - was instead handed a full repaint in the famous style.

Gary Walker, carriage and wagon supervisor for the IW Steam Railway, described the project as an unmissable opportunity to complete a train in the 1950s mould.

He explained the company's No 24 Calbourne locomotive was already stylised in the aesthetic of the time, noting: "Adding the crimson vehicle makes up a set which accurately portrays the period around 1950 when trains of mixed livery carriages ran on the island."

The firm's chairman Steve Oats said the restoration was a fitting way for the group - which started life at the Havenstreet Station on the former Ryde to Newport line - to celebrate its 40th anniversary.

Mr Oats pointed out the team has succeeded in recreating another important aspect of the island's history - an achievement the company counts among its primary objectives.

"These new liveries enable the IW Steam Railway to depict Island trains matching those of 60 years ago, when mixed rakes of malachite and crimson trains - and rakes of all crimson trains - were in service," he added.

The new train is now up and running and those on Isle of Wight holidays may wish to take note it is expected to be in operation for the group's Celebration of Island Steam, which is taking place on September 24th and 25th.

Posted by Steph White
 ADNFCR-3083-ID-800695447-ADNFCR

Related Stories

RedFunnel Address post@redfunnel.co.uk.

Contact Centre: For travel, accommodation and enquiries call +44 (0)23 8001 9192

Switchboard: Tel +44 (0)23 8024 8500. Fax +44 (0)23 8024 8501.

Registered in England: 002404, VAT number: GB 902 873131. All Rights Reserved, © 2014 Red Funnel (i-0ce74447359e2b8df)

Isle of Wight Port Addresses: Red Funnel Isle of Wight Ferries, Trinity Road, East Cowes, Isle of Wight PO32 6RA | Red Funnel Red Jet Ferries (West Cowes), Fountain Yard, West Cowes, Isle of Wight PO31 7AR.

Southampton Port Addresses: Red Funnel Isle of Wight Ferries (Terminal 1), Terminal 1, Dock Gate 7 off Town Quay Road, Southampton, SO14 2AR | Red Funnel Red Jet Ferries (Terminal 2), Terminal 2, Town Quay, Southampton SO14 2AQ.

You do not currently have any items in your basket.

 
 

Southampton <> West Cowes, Isle of Wight

Service is operating normally

 
 

Southampton <> East Cowes, Isle of Wight

Service is operating normally

Join My Red Funnel for free literature, news, competitions and enhanced booking.

Sign up today