Once upon a time there was a fairly comprehensive railway network on the Isle of Wight linking all the main towns. It was originated by various private companies all of which where subsequently nationalised after WW2. Then came the brutal trimming of the network in the 1960’s and the Isle of Wight was not spared leaving just one route from Ryde to Shanklin using old London Transport stock.
A group of volunteer railway conservationists then stepped in and salvaged one locomotive from the wreck to create the Isle of Wight Steam Railway (with a number of other steam engine acquisitions) which now brings delight to Island visitors and enthusiasts alike and operates a service on part of the old railway system linking with the Island Line at Smallbrook Junction. The project is run by volunteers as a proper full-blown railway based at Havenstreet.
Filmed by steam railway enthusiast Steve Knapp for Ventnor TV.