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Railway staff get a 'Train Story' preview

Saturday 29th March 2014

 With just a week to go before the public opening, Isle of Wight Steam Railway staff have been given a preview of the Heritage Lottery funded Train Story rolling stock storage and exhibition building.  General Manager Peter Vail and Train Story Project Leader Chris Tagart led almost 80 people on a guided tour of the new facilities.

The 4-road building allows a significant part of the railway’s unique carriage, wagon and locomotive collection to be stored and displayed undercover when not in use or awaiting restoration.  It is also a superb and fully accessible exhibition space, allowing our visitors the opportunity to get a close-up view of the collection. The entrance hall incorporates an interpretation area, telling the story of the Island’s railways and of the Isle of Wight Steam Railway’s role in preserving the Island’s railway heritage for future generations.

A must-see addition to the attractions at Havenstreet Station and a major step forward in making the Island’s railway heritage more accessible to our visitors, Train Story is due to open to the public on Sunday 6th April 2014. 
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The Train Story building as seen from the public approach path.  The extremely wet winter weather has prevented the installation of the 'Beach Hut' carriage and the final landscaping; all of these finishing touches will be completed later in the spring, once the ground has dried out.
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The entrance hall, fitted out with interactive displays which tell the story of the Island's railway history.
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Train Story project leader Chris Tagart gives an enthusiastic explanation of the 1960s compartment; videos showing in the carriage windows give views of the Island's railways and crowded holiday beaches filmed in the sixties, full on nostalgia!
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The visitor's journey takes in a small scale model of 'Calbourne'.  The cab has a working set of controls with sound effects to give some real hands-on footplate experience!
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The size of the display area is evident in this view, the roads will be full of rolling stock when Train Story opens to the public.
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Once again the scale of the display area is evident, the vehicle in the distance is a full-length bogie parcels van!