Railway Runaround

devon holiday 2009 023Welcome to a brand new series of films featuring the Islands Railways. We shall be covering many items of interest as they occur. From time to time we may include footage of other preserved lines which we have covered over the last five years and feel will interest Island enthusiasts – Bob Ennis









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TERRIER TO WOOTTON  Filmed in 1982

 TRAIN STORY OPENS    The new 1.2 million pound project opens at Havenstreet

HERITAGE GOODS TRAIN  In operation with restored goods vehicles

IVATT RETURNS TO STEAM  The most powerful locomotives ever to run on the Island







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TERRIER TIME   Two Terriers from the Bluebell Line join us for a memorable time at Havenstreet.

INVINCIBLE  Returns to Steam with a striking new livery.

TRAINS ALONG THE PIER  45 years of change travelling by rail on Ryde Pier

BIRCH GROVE  A popular visitor from the Bluebell Line.

ROYAL VISIT  Her majesty Queen Elizabeth travels to Havenstreet by train 




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THE VENTNOR WEST SET RUNS AGAIN   The original push pull set now restored

ISLAND DRIVER KEN WEST  Remembers the last journey from Cowes and the unusual run round

THE EXBURY GARDENS RAILWAY  We visit this delightful narrow gauge line in Hampshire

THE NORTHERN LINE ON THE ISLAND  Now restored to it’s 1938 livery

THE VICTORIAN TRAIN AT ASHEY  The 6 coach train of restored four wheeled vehicles with no 8 Freshwater





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BEFORE THE CLOSURES    The Bembridge Branch Line – The Newport to Sandown Line – The Freshwater Line

A DAY ON THE BLUEBELL  Spend the day looking at the first preserved railway after it’s 50 years of operation

THE CALBOURNE WEEKEND  To celebrate the return to service of the Island’s O2 class Locomotive

THE LOTTERY HERITAGE AWARDS The Isle of Wight Steam Railway receives this well deserved award




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SPRING GALA Visiting locomotives Beattie Well Tank & Billington E4 join our 40th year celebrations

WATERCRESS LINE We spend the day looking at the Watercress line and Lord Nelson

AUTUMN GALA  Our first ever Grand Cavalcade with four diesel and four steam locomotives on display

LAST TRAIN FROM NEWPORT 1971 On the 24th January 1971 all of the rolling stock was moved to Havenstreet





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ISLE OF WIGHT TRAVEL 1963  Archive 16mm film of travelling to the Island in 1963 by ship, rail, tram buses and cars. Restored with a new informative soundtrack

A NEW STATION FOR WOOTTON A replica of the original station at Havenstreet has been opened at Wootton

CALBOURNE AT SWANAGE W24 Calbourne ends it’s tour of the South of England with a visit to Swanage






NLLondon Underground trains operating on the Isle of Wight? Yes- it’s true. From 1967, pre 2nd World War stock from the underground has carried locals and holidaymakers on the Ryde to Shanklin line via another seaside resort, Sandown. The carriages’ relatively low height and length meant that, after electrification of this eight and half mile line, they were just the ticket as replacements for even more ancient steam-hauled trains. Not only does this film tell the fascinating story of the Underground trains on the Isle of Wight, but also delves deeply into the early London history of the three lines from which the age defying stock eminated: the Piccadilly, the now defunct Northern City, and – later – the Northern. The early beginnings of the London Underground itself, the World’s first underground, is also highlighted.

The narrator is Peter Boffin, and Michael Arnell provides a suitably retro commentary for the old film footage provided by the London Transport Museum, which also kindly allowed the free use of many of its archive photographs.

Aspect Ratio 4.3 | Stereo Sound
Pal Region 2 | Running time 85 minutes

Single Layer Single Sided Disk | Colour and Monochrome

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Ventnor westALL STATIONS TO VENTNOR WEST    This film tells the story of the little Island line that served Ventnor for only 52 years. The high expectations of traffic on the route never materialized throughout it’s life, opened in 1900 and closed in 1952.  This interesting piece of railway history is told by railway historian Roger Silsbury from the signal box at Havenstreet. With vintage film and a good helping of stills from the archives,  it takes us on the journey from Cowes to Newport and Merstone to Ventnor West.

O2 TO HAVENSTREET  The earlier days of the Isle of Wight Railway filmed in 1987 and now re-mastered for this DVD

Both films produced and directed by Bob Ennis

Aspect Ratio 4.3 | Stereo Sound
Pal Region 2 | Running time 60 minutes
Single Layer Single Sided Disk | Colour and Monochrome

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Return to SmallReturn to Smallbrook was originally released in 1991 as a record of The Isle of Wight railway system at that time, culminating in the reopening of the Steam Railway’s extension to Smallbrook Junction. John Huntley tells the story, which includes early film footage of the demise and restoration of the Railway as it is today. We see the new extension under construction as well as the introduction of ex London Transport underground vehicles in service on the Island Line. The opening of the new extension is celebrated with both electric and steam trains running through the banner on 20th July 1991.

Aspect Ratio 4.3 | Stereo Sound
Pal Region 2 | Running time 65 minutes
Single Layer Single Sided Disk | Colour and Monochrome

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