Isle of Wight Steam Railway

Step back to a bygone era when steam power was the order of the day. Thrill to the sight and sound of powerful majestic steam engines and breathe in the evocative smells of a real steam railway. Soak-up the rhythm of quiet rural stations while enjoying the friendliness of traditionally uniformed staff.

Settle back in beautifully restored Victorian and Edwardian carriages and discover an idyllic view of the Island’s unspoilt countryside… or hop off at one of our stations and just watch the trains go by. Keep an eye out for a red squirrel or deer darting away from the train as you pass through ancient woodland.

Locomotives and Carriages have all been painstakingly restored to pristine condition and are the hallmark of this delightful railway. The oldest locomotive was built in 1876 and carriages date back to 1864!

The railway is more than just a train ride – most visitors spend at least three hours with us; some stay all day. Explore our Train Story Discovery Centre, our fabulous indoor museum which brings the story of the Island’s railways to life.

Events at Isle of Wight Steam Railway

  • Spring Gala 14 – 15 May 2022
    Step back to a bygone era when steam power was the order of the day. Thrill to the sight and sound of powerful majestic steam engines and breathe in the evocative smells of a real steam railway. The gala weekend is a real treat for all steam enthusiasts. Marvel at the sight of five steam locomotives in action, with a busy timetable on the line. Locomotives and Carriages have all been painstakingly restored to pristine condition and are the hallmark of this delightful railway. The oldest locomotive was built in 1876 and carriages date back to 1864!
  • Festival of Transport – 22 May 2022
    If you love cars, lorries, bikes, trucks or any type of vehicle, then this is the event for you! Everything on display is someone’s pride and joy, from the vintage truck, an old fashioned bicycle to a modern day beautifully polished car. There will be something to appeal to everyone’s tastes.
  • Quay Arts presents As You Like It – 1 Jun 2022
    The Lord Chamberlain’s Men – with a history stretching back
    to William Shakespeare himself – invite you to join them this
    summer for the sparkling comedy, As You Like It. One of the
    UK’s finest touring theatre companies present this great play
    as Shakespeare first saw it performed – in the open air, by an
    all male cast and with Elizabethan costumes, music and
    dance.
  • Summer Concert: A Symphony for Steam – 30 July 2022
    The Isle of Wight Steam Railway invite you to an outdoor afternoon concert in association with the Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra. Enjoy a rich selection of classical favourites. The second half will conclude with a tribute to the Last Night of the Proms, including Land of Hope and Glory, Rule Britannia and Jerusalem. This outdoor concert starts at 3pm – please bring your own seating.
  • Cider & Cheese Festival 10 – 11 September 2022
    Celebrating all things Cider, Cheese and Steam! A regular fixture in the Isle of Wight Steam Railway’s events calendar, the Cider & Cheese weekend is always a huge hit with visitors. There are over 25 ciders and cheeses to choose from. If you can’t decide on just one there are cheese platters to pick with crunchy pickles and crackers which are washed down perfectly with a pint of cider – it’s the perfect way to while away an early autumn afternoon. Bars from 11 am until 5pm and entry to the event is absolutely free.
  • 1960s Weekend 24 – 25 September 2022
    A weekend of trains, music and fashion from this memorable decade. We’ve transported the Isle of Wight Steam Railway back to 1967 to celebrate all things Sixties. The Beatles and Rolling Stones are in the charts, Carnaby Street is ‘swinging’, the pound has been devalued, and Sandie Shaw has just won the Eurovision Song Contest. Spend your day enjoying the music of the Sixties with live entertainment around the station.
  • Wizard Week 24 – 28 October 2022
    A magical week of spooky goings on at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway It’s wickedly, wonderful fun this half term as witches, wizards and other ghouls take over Havenstreet station. It wouldn’t be Halloween without a little magic and we have a real life magician conjuring up a few tricks. Meet the friendly witches of Havenstreet, you may be able to be a spooky apprentice and help with some magic spells. Watch the skies as the birds of prey from Haven Falconry swoop and dive.
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