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More Island Goods

The June Island Steam Day gave visitors another opportunity to see the IWSR’s Heritage Goods Train in operation with an Isle of Wight locomotive, this time ‘Terrier’ W8 ‘Freshwater’, at its head.

The latest Island Steam Day saw another milestone reached; for the first time an ‘in steam’ locomotive entered the new Heritage Lottery funded Train Story rolling stock display and storage building.  The honour went to ‘Freshwater’ when she collected the goods train from inside Train Story, where it is now kept on display between duties.

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W8 'Freshwater' arrives in Train Story to collect the Heritage Goods train for the June Island Steam Day.
Train Story is now really coming into its own, offering our visitors the chance to get up close to our painstakingly restored carriages, wagons and locomotives, as well as some that are awaiting their turn for overhaul or initial restoration.  Crucially, the work of our restoration team is now protected from the wear and tear of exposure to the elements; restored vehicles, such as our goods train, can be tucked away inside when not actually required for service.
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W8 slowly manoeuvres the Heritage Goods Train out of Train Story in preparation for Island Steam Day duties.
Island Steam Days take place on the second Sunday of each month, the next is on Sunday 13th July. The Blue passenger timetable will be in operation with the goods train making a series of round trips of the line throughout the day.

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1876-built 'Terrier' W8 'Freshwater' leads the goods train across Ashey Grounds on the way to Smallbrook Junction.
Meanwhile, in the Havenstreet Carriage & Wagon Works, the wagon restoration team are working hard to add new vehicles to our goods train.  Their latest project is LSWR crane match wagon 429SM.  The rebuilding of the oak framework is now progressing well, it won’t be too long before this wagon is back on it’s wheels!  The restoration of 429SM is the precursor for the restoration of Midland Railway crane, 429S, originally built around 1860.

Also in the works for a paintwork refresh is  a relative youngster amongst our fleet of wagons, 1949-built BR 13-ton Dropside 48373, which is presented in Southern Region Civil Engineers grey livery.
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The oak framework of LSWR Crane Match Truck 429SM takes shape in the Havenstreet C&W Workshop - 11th June 2014.
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On the same day, BR 13-ton Dropside 48373 is having a paintwork and lettering refresh.
More information about the impressive progress being made by the IWSR's Carriage & Wagon Department can be found in the Carriage & Wagon News section of this website.  A stock list of the railway's impressive collection of historic railway vehicles, a number of them the only survivors of their type, is available Here.
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W8 'Freshwater' gets the goods train away from Smallbrook Junction.