Historic Carriages Appeal
Since its birth in 1971, the Isle of Wight Steam Railway has owned three former South Eastern and Chatham Railway carriages. Built in 1911, they were transferred to the Island in 1949 and ran until the end of steam in 1966. Over the last forty years, they have been a mainstay of our carriage fleet, carrying thousands of passengers every year. Sadly, they are currently out of service as they require major repairs to their underframes. The railway does not have the money to carry out these repairs so an appeal was launched in May 2013.
In happier times, two of our former South Eastern and Chatham Railway carriages are seen near Ashey behind no 8 Freshwater.
Update - October 2015
We are pleased to announce that the appeal for the restoration of the Railway’s three SECR carriages has now passed the £100,000 mark. Work has been continuing at Havenstreet to restore the bogies of Brake Third 4149 and in early October the underframe, together with the new steel needed to rebuild it, was despatched to Bartletts of Tenby. This should return early in the New Year. You can follow progress on our Facebook page here.
Although this is excellent news, the total cost of the restoration work is likely to be in the region of £200,000, so much more money is needed. Donations can be made here if you are able to help.
The problem up-close
This view of part of an underframe gives an idea of the problem.
This close-up shows the seriousness of the corrosion. Much of the underframe needs complete replacement.