Rails in the Isle of Wight - A Colour Celebration
Island railways have their own particular charm and none more so than those on the Isle of Wight. Though the once extensive network on the Island has now been reduced to the one line from Ryde to Shanklin, Robert Hendry's exhaustive picture research has managed to unearth colour images of all the lines which operated on the Island including those serving Bembridge. Freshwater, Ventnor West and the cross island line from Sandown to Newport. which closed in the 1950s.
Beginning with the Journey to the Island and some of the vessels which have plied the Solent over the years. the book explores the railways on a line by line basis. Coverage ranges from the Southern Railway period through the BR decades to the present day. As well as the steam classes which saw service on the Isle of Wight, the two generations of ex-London Transport tube stock which were brought to the Island are portrayed and the wonderful achievement of the Isle of Wight Steam Railway in recreating the Island's railway heritage is highlighted. To complete the transport scene on the Isle of Wight. some of the buses which have operated on the Island over the years are illustrated throughout the book.
Hardback, 96 pages, colour photographs
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