W24 Calbourne

This locomotive is a special machine to me.  It’s not just that it is the only survivor of a Victorian class of steam engine or that has strong ties with the Isle of Wight – a place without I wouldn’t have Mrs Locoyard who puts up with me!  This locomotive was one that had eluded…

Epilogue – The Steam Engine Strikes Back

The previous post in this series described how the ball started rolling in my interest in steam resurfacing again.  My wife-to be and I went on frequent fantastic adventures around the country that often resulted in visiting a steam railway or two.  Not surprisingly the steam interest started to gain some momentum! These brief forays…

Havenstreet

As promised in the previous article on the Isle of Wight steam railway, we take a closer look at Havenstreet, the headquarters of the railway. Most people join the train at Havenstreet and it has a large car park.  It isn’t the terminus of the railway however and the train will travel to Wootton, return…