Christmas on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway

December 2012 - Isle of Wight Steam Railway - Havenstreet - Hunslet Austerity class - WD198 Royal Engineer

We continue looking at Christmas Steam, but this time look at a very wet Havenstreet on the Isle of Wight.  War Department Hunslet Austerity WD198 Royal Engineer was in charge of services (above).  Although a Santa Special, Santa was not to be found on-board the train.  The Isle of Wight’s fantastic Victorian rolling stock lacks the modern connecting corridors that many of us take for granted, so Santa had to stay at Havenstreet and wait for the excited Children to arrive there!

Ex-LBSCR E1 class 32110 had not been moved since it had been reported on in November (click here to read more), but as you can see from the pictures above it had been fully decorated with tinsel, a snowman in the cab and Santa’s boots sticking out of the chimney!

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Exploring the site, A1X terrier W8 Freshwater was in a workshop, which it shared with a freshly painted immaculate carriage.  Loco’s in the yard included 0-4-0 saddle tank Invincible.  Havenstreet was decked in tinsel and lights; and despite the terrible weather felt suitably festive.  This was aided by some of the most friendly volunteers you’d find anywhere.

December 2012 - Isle of Wight Steam Railway - Havenstreet - Hunslet Austerity class - WD198 Royal Engineer

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2 thoughts on “Christmas on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway

  1. hi there… great pics, you may have encounted me on the day you took these as i was training as a guard over several of the santa special weekends



    • Hi Ian,

      Many thanks for the comment – I quite possibly did meet you! I have to say that all the staff I met were incredibly friendly and even shouted to let me know when the train was coming in and where to stand! What service!

      Thanks for the comment, I hope to bump into you in the future 🙂

      All the best,



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