Isle of Wight Steam Railway
Take a trip back in time with Isle of Wight Steam Railway, the Heritage Railway Association winner of Outstanding Tourist Attraction.
Up until the 1950s, the Isle of wight had some 55 miles of railway lines connecting towns and villages.
Today, you can travel through five miles of unspoiled Island countryside in the preserved trains and associated infrastructure, from traditional operating equipment through to old railway buildings.
Discover the idyllic views of the Island’s unspoilt countryside from your journey in beautifully restored Victorian and Edwardian carriages – you may even spot a red squirrel or deer darting away from the train as you pass through. This is the perfect way to recapture the days of the historic branch line railway. And, for a small extra charge, you can take your dog on board too!
Isle of Wight Steam Railway Events
Mother’s Day Specials, 31 March 2019
Give Mum a relaxing treat on Mothering Sunday and join Isle of Wight Steam Railway for a special day out. With Spring in the air, it’s a wonderful time to take a steam train ride journey through the countryside. Each Mum taking a steam train ride will receive a posy of spring flowers to make her feel really special!
Island Heritage Train Day, 14 April and 12 May 2019
Look to the past to discover how the Island railways provided daily transport for everything from the regular commuter to moving livestock and produce to market. At least one locomotive with Island pedigree will be in operation and the heritage goods train or beautifully restored Ventnor West Push/Pull set will be in operation.
Easter Fun, 18 – 22 April 2019
There’s plenty to amuse the family this Easter at Isle of Wight Steam Railway including story-tellers, juggling, Easter bonnet crafting, a parade, a treasure hunt and antics with children’s entertainer, Greg Chapman. Complete your day with a steam hauled train ride through the beautiful Isle of Wight countryside.
The 14th Annual Isle of Wight Real Ale Festival, 4 – 6 May 2019
Relax in the ambience of Havenstreet with a pint of your favourite tipple. The 14th Isle of Wight Real Ale Festival features beers sourced nationwide including many brewed on the Island. The day includes musical entertainment and a full menu will also be available from the refreshment rooms. Admission to the Real Ale Festival is free and standard fares will apply to train travel.
The Isle of Wight Festival of Transport, 19 May 2019
The Festival of Transport celebrates and features an array of railway and road vehicles of all shapes and sizes. Every vehicle on display is someone’s pride and joy and we’re always looking for exhibitors. The event is complimented by live music and a full two steam train service to enjoy.
BR Black Spring Gala, 25 – 27 May 2019
The theme for this year’s spring gala is British Railway (BR) Black. A fleet of locomotives wearing BR black livery will be showcased including Ivatt Class 2MT, Adams 02 Class W24 Calbourne and a class 03 diesel shunter. An intensive timetable will be running over the weekend and the real ale bar will be open.
Isle of Wight Schools Country Dancing Festival, 5 June 2019
Behind the picturesque railway station at Havenstreet there is an events field. It provides the perfect arena for country dancing as children from Island primary schools take part in this traditional dancing festival. A full service of steam trains will be operating. Additionally, the refreshment rooms, gift shop and train story will be open too.
Workshop Open Day, 16 June 2019
Treat Dad on Father’s Day to a guided tour of the engineering workshops and see how the fleet of heritage steam locomotives are maintained and repaired. Meet staff and volunteers for a chat and then settle in with pie and mash washed down with a pint from our refreshment rooms. (Please note, food and drink available at additional cost)
Steam Punk Festival, 22 – 23 June 2019
Take a journey into all things steam punk and discover a different world. From Victorian time travel and analogue mechanical computers to a post-apocalyptic retro-futurism of modern steam powered technology, there will be plenty of captivating displays to immerse yourself in. Indulge in the inclusive diversity of the movement, grab your gadgets and don your finest avant-garde steampunk attire for this magnificent event. Supported by live music and entertainment, not to mention some very hi-tech steam engines.
The Isle of Wight Steam Railway is a living, breathing, working museum and a popular destination for all age groups, so book your travel now.
Isle of Wight Steam Railway
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