Isle of Wight Nostalgia - The Island Electric Railway - 2

Photo of Brading station

This view from is from Brading looking towards Sandown. Note the double tracks - only one of which exists now.

Photo at Sandown

Sandown station in May 2000 looking north towards Brading. This was once an important junction for the branch to Newport via Merstone.

Photo near Sandown station

Looking north towards Sandown.

Photo at Los Altos park

The railway runs alongside the attractive Los Altos park between Sandown & Lake..

Photo near Los Altos


Photo of Lake road bridge

Lake road bridge is in the background - this fine view is from Los Altos park, Sandown.

Photo of Lake road bridge

Lake bridge again.

Photo at Lake

After leaving Lake station towards Shanklin, the line runs near to the cliff at this point, with a brief view over the English Channel - you can just see the cliff edge to the left of this picture.

Photo at shanklin

And so to the end of the line. This view from Shanklin shows the tracks still in position towards Ventnor for a few hundred yards. When the line was electrified in 1966, the (often very busy) section to Wroxall & Ventnor was sadly closed.

Photo of Languard Road bridge

This is the bridge over Languard Road just past Shanklin station. The tracks have now been removed and this bridge was pulled down in October 1979 - the 'headshunt' was not used after March 1979. The platform had to be lengthened (in the Sandown direction) after removal of the bridge, partly as the platform extended over the bridge and partly to allow space for the emergency 'friction buffers'! Notice the old 'low bridge' road sign, well past its sell-by date even in 1979. This old design of road sign was replaced in the 1960's by more functional but less attractive signs (like the one attached to the bridge itself).

Photo of Languard Road without a bridge

A similar view in April 2000. Note the wall to the right of the picture - behind this is still the end of the railway.

Click here to hear an audio clip (WAV)

Click on the cassette cover above for a short audio clip of a Ryde Pier Head station announcement in the steam era - also sound of an Adams 02 tank engine pulling out of Ryde St. John's Station. This tape can be purchased at Havenstreet steam railway.

back to railway page 1 Nostalgia site home page Nostalgia site contents page Isle of Wight book reviews To top of this page
Home | Introduction | Contents | Photos | Maps | Links | Quiz | History | Famous Islanders | Geography | Geology | Email
Books | Site Visitors | 1948 Guide | News | Phonebook | FAQ | Memories | Tunnel | What's on | Author | My other sites

Click here to visit Dave's transport art images Bus simulation 'VECTIS' - Freeware Click here to visit the preserved Kent & East Sussex Railway
Search the Amazon Books database
Invectis websites
Enter keywords and click 'search' to access database