Dreaming of a Wight Christmas

Last weekend I was simply having a wonderful Christmas time on the Isle of Wight!  The steam railway ran services late into the evening on Saturday 19th December, giving an opportunity to enjoy a ride on a steam train without the usual trimmings of the Santa Special season.  The railway were also serving a Christmas carvery, although…

My Isle of Wight.com Awards 2015

After a particularly pleasant trip to the Isle of Wight, I had a remarkable and very enjoyable trip on the island’s charismatic, friendly and atmospheric preserved railway.  The line is a remnant of a former extensive network of railways that amongst other things has an incredible collection of rolling stock.  During our visit, my wife, mother-in-law and…

Wootton Station

Good evening, Today we are looking at the always lovely Wootton Station on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway. The station is the current western terminus of the railway that is unlikely to extended any further for the foreseeable future. The original station was located further west but that site had to be abandoned due…

Train Story

The Isle of Wight Steam Railways latest attraction is the newly built Train Story museum, the £1.2 million project which was funded by the Hertiage Lottery and opened to the public in April 2014. Train Story is a huge exhibition space, enabling the Railway’s truly impressive historic collection of locomotives, Victorian and Edwardian carriages and…

Newport on the Freight

Good evening, When I visited the Isle of Wight railway in May 2014 the biggest disappointment for me was my camera died before I could get any photographs of the lines brilliant freight train. What made this freight train extra special was that the train was operated with a historically-representative single brake van during the morning.…

The Mighty Calbourne

Good evening, Last weekend I was lucky enough to attend the Isle of Wight Steam Railways first “Island Days” event of 2015 and had a brilliant time. The timetable featured one passenger service and a freight train so I was very happy to discover that Calbourne was running. Despite seeing her several times before some…