Island Heritage Train Days
Our popular Heritage Days return for 2022. Running usually on the second Sunday of the month between April and October, these feature one of our historic Isle of Wight locomotives, hauling a selection of different trains.
Our June event features our push-pull set in action - a rare opportunity to travel in this two-carriage train.
Our Push-Pull set comprises LCDR Saloon Brake Third 4112 and LCDR Saloon Composite 6369. In 1924 the Southern Railway had them sent to Lancing works in Sussex for conversion to Push-Pull operation. Both vehicles lost their centre pair of wheels and 4112 becoming a Push-Pull driving trailer. In this configuration the train could be driven from the leading carriage, with the fireman remaining on the locomotive.
Together the set worked mainly on the Merstone-Ventnor West branch although it did also work occasionally on the Freshwater and Bembridge lines. Discover more about their fascinating history HERE.
Set 484 was withdrawn in 1938 and both carriage bodies sold out of service to become bungalows, 4112 at Gurnard Marsh and 6369 at Newtown. Both were later rescued and then restored in the workshops at Havenstreet.
Our June Island Heritage Train day features:
- Our flagship locomotive W24 Calbourne hauling our 5 Edwardian bogie carriages.
- 'Terrier' W11 Newport hauling the push-pull set as a two-carriage train. Spaces on these trains are limited, so please book early to secure your seats
The push-pull train departs from Havenstreet at 10:50, 12:20, 14:00 and 15:09
Standard tickets include one complete journey to both ends of the line. Book online to reserve seats for your and your family.