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Island Line

Isle of Wight

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The Island Line Railway from Ryde Pier Head to Shanklin down the eastern side of the island. The line was electrified (630 V DC third rail) in 1967. Trains connect with passenger ferries to Portsmouth Harbour at Ryde Pier Head, and these ferries in turn connect with the rest of the National Rail network. The line also connects to the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, at Smallbrook Junction.

Standard National Rail vehicle types cannot operate on the Island Line, due to a tunnel at Ryde Esplande being 10 inches too low for the vehicles to clear. This makes this an unusual railway, it uses refurbished ex-London Underground tube trains, some quite historic, so although not officially classed as a historic line this line is of interest to a wide range of people.

Location:   Island Line, Isle of Wight

Grid Reference: Ceremonial County:  Hampshire

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Getting there:

You can get the IOW by ferry either with your car or as a foot passenger. There are special combination tickets for foot passengers, see under charges below.

Ferry operators are Wightlink    Hovertravel and Red Funnel.

Local bus on the Isle of Wight

Website: Island Trains

Other Useful Websites: Wiki history

Wiki on current trains and arrangements

Address: Customer Service Centre, South West Trains, Overline House, Blechynden Terrace, Southampton
Postcode: SO15 1GW Telephone:  0845 6000 650  (6am-10pm)

Opening Times: See timetable accessible from their website

Printable timetables (pdf files) are available by clicking here

Charges: Standard day single and return fares and 7 day season tickets are offered, plus some promotional and special tickets, see their website for information.

Take a step back to Victorian Times on the Steam Railway. Island Line trains connect directly into a nostalgic world of yesteryear at Smallbrook Junction, Island Liner tickets give you a day's unlimited travel on both railways. It is only available on steam railway operating dates.

See Isle of Wight steam railway company   for more information.

Nearby Locations: Isle of Wight steam railway company
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Notes: This is not a heritage railway but a service railway with unusual features.

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By: Keith Park  Section: Railway Section Key:
Page Ref: island_line Topic: Railways Last Updated: 04/2010

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