The sight of a steam train puffing its way around the countryside is the stuff of romantic memories and brings wonder to adults and kids alike. What's not to like about being able to ride one of these amazing antique trains and to relive the glorious days of steam travel?

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And that is exactly what you can do at the IW Steam Railway where they run some of the last surviving steam trains on over four and a half miles of track between Havenstreet, Wootton and Ashey.

The Island once had over 55 miles of steam-hauled railway lines, connecting all of the major towns and villages, but they were closed from 1952 onwards until the end of 1966. In 1967 the Ryde to Shanklin section reopened as an electric line using former London Underground stock.

Luckily a group of railway enthusiasts formed the IW Steam Railway in 1971 and it now has a large collection of engines and carriages, at least two different engines in operation every month, visiting engines and a beautifully- kept track through pretty countryside.

The award winning Isle of Wight Steam Railway will engage, inspire and excite you ... The sight of powerful majestic steam engines, the charm of quiet rural stations, and the friendliness of traditionally uniformed staff, will leave you with some enduring memories of a special day out.

Added to this there are special weekends throughout the summer where you can relive the 1940s, be in the Victorian era, lay back and listen to jazz, enjoy a special ‘steam day’, see the different motor shows or sip Real Ales.

Make sure to see Haven Falconry who have birds of prey - watch them fly and pose with them for photos. And visit the Railway Shop, the Woodland Walk and the children’s play area.

Check-out their website which has information about the engines, the rota of engines in operation each month and lots about the events throughout the year. You can easily spend a whole day at this great attraction, and there’s even a restaurant if you don’t bring a picnic.

Availability

  • please see calendar to the left for opening days as varied throughout the year
  • Santa specials in December (please see Events tab for further info)

Opening times

  • on operating days the first train leaves Havenstreet Station at 10.05am and the last round trip is at 3.28pm. Train Story opens at 11am and last admissions are at 4.30pm. - Average visitor time is between 3.5 and 4 hours.

Last admission

Parking

  • large free car park at Havenstreet Station
  • free car park at Wootton Station if joining there

Accessibility

  • the main station area at Havenstreet is on the flat with easy access to the platform
  • wheelchair access available to the shop, refreshment room, children's indoor and outdoor play areas
  • Train Story Discovery Centre is accessed on the flat from the Station Yard
  • disabled toilet facilities
  • assistance dogs are welcome
  • for visitors unable to leave their wheelchair there are 2 modified carriages which provide compartment space for wheelchairs, although for operational reasons it may not always be possible to include them on the train. At such times every effort will be made to accommodate the wheelchair in the guard van

Children

  • children aged 4 and under are free of charge
  • baby changing facilities available
  • indoor and outdoor play area

Refreshment Rooms

  • located at Havenstreet, fully licensed and offering home cooked specials, light bites, cakes, drinks and ice creams

Gift shop

  • great range of railway products to remember your visit by

We hope you enjoy your visit and don't forget to tweet a pic

 

Getting to the Isle of Wight Steam Railway 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

  • IW Grand National & Ashey Scurry - 26 March 2017
  • Mother's Day Special - 26 March 2017
  • Easter fun - 14, 15, 16 & 17 April 2017
  • IW Caravan Club Rally - 29 April - 1 May 2017
  • Isle of Wight Real Ale Festival - 29 April - 1 May 2017
  • Isle of Wight Festival of Transport - 21 May 2017
  • May Spring Gala - 27, 28 & 29 May 2017
  • IW schools Country Dancing Festival - 14 June 2017
  • Evacuees Week - 19 - 22 June 2017
  • 1940's Weekend - 1 & 2 July 2017
  • The Island Motor Show - 8 & 9 July 2017
  • Motorcaravanners Rally - 14, 15 & 16 July 2017
  • Real Ale Train - 15 July 2017
  • Railway Folk - 30 July - 1 August 2017
  • Victorian weekend - 5 & 6 August 2017
  • Island Steam Show - 25 - 28 August 2017
  • Morris Minor Rally - 3 September 2017
  • Heritage Open days - 7 - 10 September 2017
  • Cider & Cheese Weekend - 23 & 24 September 2017
  • Beer and Buses Event - 14 & 15 October 2017
  • Wizzard Week - 23 - 27 October 2017
  • Halloween Fright Night - 28 October 2017
  • Santa Specials operate on 2 & 3, 9 & 10, 16 & 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, December 2017,
  • Boxing Day Specials - 26 December 2017 and
  • New Year 'Hangover' Specials - 1 January 2018 and are bookable direct with Isle of Wight Steam Railway