Celebrating the ‘Last Train’ from Newporthttps://iwsteamrailway.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/W24-Handover-of-Queens-letter-24-01-71-scaled.jpg25601755Isle of Wight Steam RailwayIsle of Wight Steam Railwayhttps://iwsteamrailway.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/W24-Handover-of-Queens-letter-24-01-71-scaled.jpg
The Last Train
Sunday 23 January 2022
Celebrating the 51st Anniversary of ‘the Move’ from Newport to Havenstreet
Join us to celebrate the 51st anniversary of ‘the Move’. We had planned a celebration on the 50th anniversary in 2021; however the national lockdown intervened and supporters were restricted to watching events from Havenstreet via our webcam. The day will feature W24 Calbourne and the Ryde Pier Tram in action on the line between Havenstreet and Wootton.
An opportunity to ride behind W24 Calbourne, and the first public outing for the newly restored Ryde Pier Tram.
Train services will operate at regular intervals between Havenstreet and Wootton between 10.30am and 3.45pm.
Walk the Line
51 years on … Join us as we recreate the last train from Newport – on foot! Enjoy a guided walk from the site of the old Newport railway station following the former trackbed to Wootton, then steam train to Havenstreet.
Meet at 11:00 outside the Hamilton & Marshall building (opposite Lidl’s car park) – the approximate location of the former Newport Railway Station building – where a blue plaque marks the site of the former station. We’ll then walk 3 mile route along the old line to Wootton station where walkers will be met a by a train headed by locomotive No. 24 ‘Calbourne’ for the journey to Havenstreet.
At Havenstreet the cafe will be open for refreshments, and visitors will will be able to visit our Train Story Discovery Centre. Regular trains will run between Havenstreet and Wootton throughout the day.
Walkers may wish to park their car at Havenstreet station and use our bus to travel to Newport. The bus departs Havenstreet at 10:15am – PLEASE NOTE that spaces on the bus are now fully booked.
Tickets include unlimited train journeys during the day and the guided walk. Tickets for the bus to Newport are £2.50 per head.
Bus from Havenstreet to Newport: £2.50
The History of ‘the Move’
The Isle of Wight Steam Railway grew from the early commitment and enthusiasm of a small group of individuals determined to save a few relics from the Island’s once extensive network of 55 miles of railway lines and stations.
Following the end of steam in December 1966, all the old steam engines, carriages and wagons were broken up, except for the few precious items saved for preservation by the Wight Locomotive Society, the forerunner of the Isle of Wight Steam Railway. After four years of storage at the closed Newport Station, the Isle of Wight Steam Railway was founded on Sunday 24th January 1971 when the one saved steam locomotive hauled an assortment of rolling stock and equipment to the then semi-derelict station at Havenstreet to begin their new life.
Terry Hastings and Richard Newman describe the early history of the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, and their memories of 24th January 1971: see HERE.
Memories from 1971
Watch videos of volunteers Iain Whitlam and John Woodhams telling their stories of their role in ‘the Move’
Our flagship locomotive, number 24 Calbourne played a central role on 24th January 1971, moving our carriages and wagons from Havenstreet. As the sole surviving Class O2 locomotive, and the first to be preserved, she has iconic status at our railway. Discover more about Calbourne’s history HERE.
Drewry Railcar No 2
Our event on 23 January will be the first opportunity for members of the public to travel on board the restored Drewry Railcar (aka the Ryde Pier Tram). The tram played a key role in ‘the Move’, carrying water and other equipment from Newport to Havenstreet. It also holds the distinction of being the last train to depart from Newport station and travel over the line to Wootton. Back in 1971 the tram looked very different – just a rolling chassis without its bodywork. Today it has been magnificently rebuilt and passengers can enjoy a panoramic driver’s eye view along the line. Discover more about the vehicle’s history HERE.