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photoblog image The Island Line 5/5

The Island Line 5/5

I felt a bit lucky to be standing on the platform at Sandown station when two of the Island Line electric units, numbers 4 on the left and 7 on the right, passed at that time. As you can see the line is used by a large number of children who travel in to Sandown for their senior schooling from Lake and Shanklin, the final two stations down the line. I must admit, the line was quite busy when we used it, certainly it is unique in the British Isles with this old style electric stock, so lots of holidaymakers take the opportunity to go for a journey, especially as nearer to Ryde the line passes the junction with the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, but more of that another time.

The Island Line 5/5

I felt a bit lucky to be standing on the platform at Sandown station when two of the Island Line electric units, numbers 4 on the left and 7 on the right, passed at that time. As you can see the line is used by a large number of children who travel in to Sandown for their senior schooling from Lake and Shanklin, the final two stations down the line. I must admit, the line was quite busy when we used it, certainly it is unique in the British Isles with this old style electric stock, so lots of holidaymakers take the opportunity to go for a journey, especially as nearer to Ryde the line passes the junction with the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, but more of that another time.

comments (13)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 30 Oct 2015, 01:14
It is all happening here, Brian.
Brian Walbey: It certainly was, we travelled with the kids a few days earlier, they were well behaved but teenagers are always noisy aren't they!
good point of view Brian....petersmile
Brian Walbey: I timed being at the station at just the right time Peter.
It certainly creates an old-timey feel, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Indeed, old London tube trains and the original station rather than something that looks like a bus shelter.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 30 Oct 2015, 07:22
Very nice too. Naturally Beeching wanted to shut the whole lot of it..
Brian Walbey: I'm sure Beeching did Chris, at least this part is still in use.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 30 Oct 2015, 08:08
one of the good old stations (that are often abandoned in our country)!
Brian Walbey: They are also abandoned here these days Philine, or knocked down and replaced by bus shelter type things with no staff on duty.
Two in one... Great capture Brian!
Brian Walbey: Yes I was lucky, I had downloaded the timetable and worked out I should be there for these crossing trains.
They look to be well patronised
Brian Walbey: There were plenty of holidaymakers on the trains and I guess these school children use them all year round, but I suspect in the winter general use might be a bit thin.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 30 Oct 2015, 12:40
Ah... now just try to imagine this scene with a couple of LNWR O2 class locomotives; how wonderful that would be smile I can undestand the attraction to the visitors with the old Tube stock. The station needs a little TLC, though. Brading has a very nice coffee in the station building; I think it is the Brading Visitor Centre, too.
Brian Walbey: Well when I went with my parents in the 50's there would have been the full fleet of O2's. of course, still I did enjoy visiting and riding on what is left. We had planned a visit to Brading station having picked up a leaflet but when we pulled in there on an afternoon train it looked as though the visitor centre was closed up.
A busy moment Brian
Brian Walbey: I had downloaded the timetable and worked out I should be there for these crossing trains.
excellent shot of the old rolling stock Brian, i like the doors cut out into the curved section of the roof.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ayush.
Good to see it well used Brian
Brian Walbey: There were plenty of holidaymakers on the trains and I guess these school children use them all year round, but I suspect in the winter general use might be a bit thin.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 30 Oct 2015, 19:12
Lovely old station, maybe they have station pies for sale smile
Brian Walbey: Actually they did have some very tasty Sausage Rolls (large) which went down very well with a coffee while I waited for the trains to go by.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 31 Oct 2015, 08:03
This is wonderful with the two trains in the station.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Astrid, I worked out the timetable that these two would be at this station at the same time.

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