About the Island Heritage Train Day
Sitting a few miles off the southern coast of England is the Isle of Wight. It is where a young man with insecurities about losing his hair and reaching his 64th birthday asks his fiancé if she will still need him and feed him as they age. He dreams of renting a cottage every summer on the island. He brags to her about his ability to mend a fuse while she knits a sweater by the fireside. He warns her that they must be thrifty if they want to dote on their three grandchildren Sarah, Chuck, and Dave. Since they plan to be there in summer, they can take their usual Sunday morning drive to attend one of the Island Heritage Train Days usually held the third Sunday each month between April and October at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway.
The railway has four stations that run from Wooton to Smallbrook Junction with the Havenbrook station as the centre of activity for the Island Heritage Train Day.
Featured will be one of the historic Isle of Wight locomotives hauling a selection of different trains. Visitors will witness how steam power shaped the lives of the people on the island and how coal and other goods arrived at one of the island’s ports to be distributed around the island. The Train Story Discovery Centre will allow you to learn about the history of our Victorian and Edwardian railway vehicles, and the lasting impact they made. Meals, snacks, and drinks are available at the station.
Isle of Wight Steam Railway
The railway dates to 1862 with a line between Cowes and Newport. It lasted through two world wars and the Great Depression but by the 1950s most of the railway had closed. It struggled for another decade until the last steam services on the island ran on New Years' Eve in 1966. That was when a small group of rail enthusiasts formed the Wight Locomotive Society and raised funds to preserve one of the last steam locomotives. The actual Isle of Wight Steam Railway was formed in 1971 to carry on the preservation efforts.
Entry To The Event
The Booking Office opens at 09:45 a.m. and closes at 5:00 p.m. The Museum, Café, and “Train Story” are open from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. When the trains are running, they start from 10.30 a.m. until 5.00 p.m. with the last admission at 4.30 p.m. The standard fares are £13.50 if purchased online and £15.50 for same-day purchase for an adult ticket. Children’s fare for ages 5 to 17 is £6.50 (£7.50), for a family of four is £33.00 (£38.00) and toddlers under age five are free. The dog fare is only £3.00 but there is no online discount for “Fido”. The fares may vary with any special event so be sure to contact the railway for updates as the date of the show approaches.
Somewhere to Stay in Isle-of-Wight
The Isle of Wight offers many hotels, B&Bs, camping, and caravan options for any budget including cottages for a 64-year-old man, his wife, and their three grandkids. There are ferry services to get people to the island but those with cars and RVs will need to decide if they will use a ferry service to transfer their vehicle from a mainland port like Portsmouth or Southampton.
Other Things To Do Around The Area
The Isle of Wight has an interesting array of attractions including Osborne, the palatial former holiday home of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert or the Shanklin Seafront, one of the Isle of Wights’ most popular seaside resorts on the south coast. If you are a fan of escape rooms, visit Random-Rooms in Newport.
Dogs that manage to pay £3.00 are welcome but must be kept off the carriage seats. Registered guide dogs, hearing dogs and medical alert dogs will travel free of charge. People using wheelchairs are always welcome to the Isle of Wight Steam Railway and there are friendly staff on hand to provide any assistance as needed. The main car park is free, but guests might see the ghost of a former meter maid named Rita, who was quite lovely, but with her cap and bag looked like an older military man.
When is the next Island Heritage Train Day?
The Island Heritage Train Day is planned to take place at The Railway Station, Havenstreet, Isle-of-Wight, PO33 4DS, Sunday 16th May, 2021. This is a Railway Event.
01983 882 204
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