LATEST..          The Railway is now closed for the winter period - our 2019 season with trains running commences Thursday 21st March          The Oldbury Carriage featured in the CH4 Great Rail Restoration Programme is now on Show in our C&W Workshop at Havenstreet - see blog for further details and catchup link          All operating days and events can be found on our YOUR VISIT - Timetables page          BOOKINGS for our SANTA and BOXING Day events 2018 and NEW YEAR'S DAY 2019 are already being taken. Please note that these events now have to be pre-booked and seating is allocated         
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Thursday 21 March


The Isle of Wight Steam Railway has one of the most magnificent collections of historic railway vehicles to be seen on any heritage railway today. Passengers on the railway are guaranteed to be travelling in a carriage at least ninety  years old, the most modern carriage in regular service  having been built in 1924 and the oldest in 1864!

Three bogie carriages of London, Brighton and South Coast Railway and three of South Eastern and Chatham Railway origin were acquired by the Wight Locomotive Society, along with a variety of wagons, at the end of British Railways steam services on the Isle of Wight in 1966. Initial restoration took place at Newport Station, following the move to Havenstreet and the establishment of the Isle of Wight Steam Railway in 1971, a restoration and maintenance programme commenced which continues to the present day.  Three of the original coaches are at present in regular service on the Steam Railway.

Carriages and Wagons 1
Carriages and Wagons 2
In the early 1970's a plan was formulated to acquire grounded carriage bodies  which had been either built for or purchased second-hand by the old Island railway companies or had been imported to the Island by the Southern Railway, for eventual return to passenger service. Various underframes for use under these historic carriages have been acquired and, to date,  seven vehicles have been fully restored and can be seen in service on the Steam Railway.

Initially restoration was carried out in the shared Loco works, but since 2004 all of the restoration and maintenance work on our historic carriages and wagons has taken place in our own purpose-built Carriage and Wagon  workshop at Havenstreet. The workshop was built with the aid of a Heritage Lottery Fund grant and was opened by Her Majesty the Queen in June 2004. Three full time members of staff are employed on carriage and wagon  maintenance duties, assisted by a  dedicated team of volunteers who carry out all of the restoration work on all carriages and wagons. The team can be found at work on weekdays, most Tuesday and Thursday evenings and weekends . Our workforce varies from the highly skilled ex railway fitter to those with no particular skill but who just enjoy being part of a small and friendly team. For information on how to join us please visit our Volunteer Information page 

For up todate news of the progress of carriage and wagon restoration on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway visit the latest Carriage & Wagon Update page. Photographic updates can be seen on Gary Walker’s (C&W Supervisor) Flickr site.

For more details of our historic carriage and wagon stock visit the following pages:



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