Isle of Wight Spring Gala – Best of the rest

Good evening,

I took a lot of photos of various locomotives before my camera died at the gala but not enough to do posts on them. During the gala Barclay 0-6-0T ‘Ajax’ was acting as the Havenstreet station pilot, doing all the less glamorous jobs such as shunting coaches and the freight train for the other locos. This was the first time I saw this locomotive in steam and I actually assumed she wasnt in traffic because I rarely see photos of her in action.
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In the new £1.2million Train Story museum/Rolling Stock Storage and Display Building  you can find ‘E1’ Class 0-6-0T No.W2 ‘Yarmouth’. She arrived at the railway in 2011 and has lived until recently in the Havenstreet Yard providing a unique photo opportunity. Like Calbourne she is the only one of class to survive and I can’t wait to she her back in action when she is finally restored.

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With Newport being back in steam fellow Terrier Freshwater was pushed into the shadows but she did put in some impressive performances hauling trains in the slippery conditions.

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I did have a very enjoyable time at the line and the railway is a lovely reminder of what was once a large network of branch-lines on the Isle of Wight and is well-worth a visit.

Thanks for reading!

 

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