Isle of Wight Railways in Colour DVD: 1953-1994


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Featuring lines closed between 1953 and 1966.

This superb archive film records starts with a 1966 journey from London Waterloo on board a ‘Nelson’ electric unit to Portsmouth Harbour, seeing several 4-COR units.

Then takes to the water aboard the classic paddle steamer ‘Sandown’ to Ryde Pier to see operations on the railway at Pier Head Station, follows the line found to Cowes, witnessing the unusual performance of gravity shunting.

Then, in extremely rare colour archive footage, we travel back in time to the early 1950s to witness BR Crimson stock at work on the Bembridge branch, including the use of the tiny turntable there and then go across country from Sandown to Newport to visit the little terminus at the end of the island at Freshwater.

Back in the 1960s we see O2s on goods trains at Newport and Ryde St. John’s Road and follow the line down to Ventnor and more unusual workings.

Wonderful scenes of O2s show the exquisite pre-grouping carriages in use until the end of steam on the island.

Finally we witness the last days of BR in 1966 and the ‘new-old’ ex-LT electric trains and their slightly newer replacements before the story takes us to the end of the 20th century with evocative scenes on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway in the 1990s.

This programme includes the lines closed between 1953 and 1966 in full colour.

Approx. 56 minutes.

This DVD is being sold on behalf of and with full permission of the copyright owner – Unique Productions Ltd/Unique Transport DVDs.