Exploring the Isle of Wight: by Rail2nd June 2014
Not being the biggest island in the world, the Isle of Wight doesn’t instantly conjure up images of railways, steam locomotives and passenger trains running up and down the land. It may surprise many to know then that the Isle of Wight has had commercial railways since 1862, and by 1901 had over 55 miles of track going all over the island. The cuts of Dr. Beeching in the 1950s and 1960s left only about eight miles of track still in operation.
In recent years, a further six miles of track have been reopened and that railway is now known as the Isle of Wight Steam Railway. This charming railway runs from Smallbrook Junction to Wootton, passing through Ashey and Havenstreet (where its headquarters are located). If one wants to see the most charming features of the Isle of Wight by rail, then this is the route to take.
Enjoy the beautiful scenery, the historic stations, and the Train Story Discovery Centre in Havenstreet, where you can learn all about the Victorian and Edwardian trains used during the period, as well as the history of the railway and its development. If you’re coming to the Isle of Wight in June, there is also the fantastic “Island Steam Days” event, which takes place on June 8th in Havenstreet. Tickets range from £6 for children 5-15 years and £12 for adults. Infants under 5 years go free. A family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) is great value at just £30. Book online for lower rates!
If you’re on the Isle of Wight in the following week and will be there for Fathers Day on June 15th, then how about stopping by the historic station to allow dad the chance to ride up front on a steam train with the driver?
Railways are more than just a mode of transport, they are part of Britain’s heritage, and if you’re on the Isle of Wight staying at Whitecliff Bay, then you’re in an excellent position to explore the south of the island on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway. Book your holiday with us this summer to enjoy the Isle of Wight — the perfect blend of beauty and heritage.