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Island Terriers Double Head the Goods!

The May 2014 ‘Island Steam Day’ gave visitors a rare opportunity to see the Isle of Wight Steam Railway’s heritage goods train double headed by our two Island ‘Terrier’ locomotives,  1876-built W8 ‘Freshwater’ and W11 ‘Newport’, which dates from 1878.

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W11 'Newport' leads W8 'Freshwater' into Smallbrook Junction Station during the 'Island Steam Days' event on 11th May 2014.
The 11th May event saw ‘Freshwater’ as  locomotive for the goods service duty with ‘Newport’ undergoing another of a series of test steamings, following completion of its recent overhaul which included equipping it with a brand new boiler.  As part of W11’s post-overhaul ‘running in’ programme she was given an afternoon run out on the goods service with older sister W8.  To complete the re-creation of Island railways in days gone by, 1891-built O2 class W24 ‘Calbourne’ headed the passenger service for the day.
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W8 and W11 get their train away from Smallbrook Junction. Prominent in the train formation is recently restored LBSCR 10-Ton van 46923, on its first outing in the heritage goods train since complete restoration at the railway's Havenstreet Carriage & Wagon Works.
The heritage goods train, consisting of a mixture of LSWR, LBSCR and SR vehicles, has been made possible by the work of the Railway’s Carriage & Wagon Department goods vehicle restoration team.  In recent years the team have become adept at restoring our collection of mainly wooden framed goods wagons and are moving the programme on at a cracking pace.  Their most recently completed project saw LBSCR 10-ton goods van 46923 take up its place in the heritage goods train this month, they have now moved on to tackle the restoration of LSWR crane match wagon 429SM.

More details of Carriage & Wagon restoration on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway can be found HERE.

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Earlier in the day, W8 'Freshwater' is seen passing Deacons Lane, Ashey, with a Smallbrook Junction goods service.
‘Island Steam Day’ events take place on the second Sunday of every month up until October.  As well as the scheduled passenger service our heritage goods train will also be in operation. Plus, explore our Train Story Discovery Centre and learn the story of our Victorian and Edwardian railway vehicles, and their lasting impact on all our lives!

All three of our historic Island locomotives can also be seen in action together at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway ‘Dinosaurs of Island Steam’ Spring Gala, which takes place over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend.

More details of these and many other Isle of Wight Steam Railway special events can be found HERE.
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W8 'Freshwater' heads the heritage goods train through Rowlands Wood, between Ashey and Havenstreet.