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Museum Collection

The Isle of Wight Steam Railway has an extensive archive collection. Many of our larger items are on display in our museum gallery or our Train Story. Discovery Centre. Behind the scenes our archive holds many thousands of items, including tickets, documents and photographs which form an important historical record of over 150 years of Island railway history.

Highlights from our Collection

Join our gallery curator, John Paton, he guides you through some of the highlights from our collection:

Film One

Featuring: railwayman’s pocket watches, silver milk & cream jugs, a sign to Ventnor West station and a way to keep passengers warm.

Film Two

Featuring: carriage keys, silver and glassware from railway paddle steamers, a hand bell and Ventnor’s station clock

Film Three

Featuring: a lookout warning horn, a rare boundary sign, stained glass from our Oldbury carriage, and the story of a locomotive that went for a swim!

Film Four

Featuring: an old sign from Ashey station, historic oil cans and lamps, and a silver ‘thank you’ for of 50 years of railway service.