Steam down to the Isle of Wight Steam Railway from 26-28 May 2018 to see the three Ivatt locomotives in steam together on the Isle of Wight.


For the first time on the Island, see 41298, the newly restored 41313 and 46447 (the first tender locomotive to run on the Isle of Wight) in steam.

Together with Hunslet 'Austerity' loco Juno, the three Ivatt locomotives were kindly donated to the Isle of  Wight Steam Railway by the Ivatt Locomotive Trust and this is the chance to celebrate the most generous gift of these fine locomotives, which continues the story of steam railways on the Isle of Wight.

There's a Real Ale Bar serving Island beers and you can grab a bite to eat in our refreshment rooms. Plus, explore our Train Story Discovery Centre and learn the story of our Victorian and Edwardian railway vehicles, and their lasting impact on all our lives!

The Isle of Wight once boasted some 55 miles of steam-hauled railways lines, connecting all of the major towns and villages across the Island, but they were progressively closed from 1952 onwards until, by 1966, just two lines remained.

Of these the former Ryde-Newport-Cowes line (a section of which is now restored and still in use as The IW Steam Railway) was closed in February 1966 and in April that year the Shanklin to Ventnor line closed leaving just the Ryde to Shanklin section.

Steam traction on this line ceased on 31st December 1966 before it reopened as an electric line using former London Underground stock, in March 1967.

Find out more about the Isle of Wight Steam Railway

Getting to the May Spring Gala is easy from Southampton.

By car - catch the hourly car ferry to East Cowes and then head south on Dover Road. Follow the A3021, Park Road, Briddlesford Road, and then turn left into Combley Road. The journey will take about 13 minutes.

On foot - catch the Red Jet to West Cowes. From here, Southern Vectis operate frequent buses (service 1) to Newport where you can change at the bus station for service 9, alighting at Wootton station. From here you catch a train to Havenstreet station. Taxis are also available outside the West Cowes Red Jet terminal. For car hire, we recommend Enterprise - they will pick you-up from the Red Jet if you tell them your arrival time.

Address: Isle of Wight Steam Railway, The Railway Station, Havenstreet, Isle of Wight, PO33 4DS