Isle of Wight Steam Railway

Isle of Wight Steam Railway

Royal Engineer on the IOWSR

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The Isle of Wight Steam Railway is a standard Gauge Heritage line on Isle of Wight. Running from Wootton to Smallbrook Junction.


Most Passengers board the Train at Havenstreet, which lies about centre of the Railway.


This is the railways Western Terminus. This is located on the site of a former Siding. It is a quaint little Station, there is no station building here as such, but there is a Signal Box.

This is a great place to get off and watch the loco run round, or to go for a walk in the countryside.


This is the Main Station on the line. It is also the Railway Headquarters.

The Railways Engine Shed and Works are also based here, which you can visit and see the ongoing Restoration Work! There is all of the usual facility’s, there is also a museum which is entered through the Shop, which shows the History of Island Railways.

This is also the main passing point on the line, split by the Island Platform.


Despite how small the village is, this was a surprisingly Grand Station, the Station House still survives, and remnants of the original platform can still be seen, but this was abandoned by BR due to Subsidence!

This a single line Station, with waiting Shelter.

Smallbrook Junction

This is the Eastern Terminus of the Line. This is where the IOWR meets the Island Line. The Railway does have a Rail link to the IL, but I don’t believe it’s used, the two stations are connected and you can board an Island Train here.

You may very well see and Island Train, this line being especially unique, as it operates Ex-London Underground Tube cars.

Rolling Stock

The Railway has some rare stock and locos, including the Only Class ‘O2’ in Preservation. Another Unique Trait of Island is that even during the “Age of Steam”, all trains were Air Braked, rather than Vacuum Braked, which was standard on the Mainland.

The locos on the IOWR are still Air Braked today, as are all the Vintage Victorian Coaches!

Website: ??

Operating Dates: See Website

Line Length: 5 miles

Operational Locomotives:

  • SR Class ‘O2’ 0-4-4T No.W24 Calbourne
  • A1X Terrier 0-6-0T No.W8 Freshwater
  • A1X Terrier 0-6-0T No.W11 Newport
  • Ivatt 2MT 2-6-2T No.41313 (Under Restoration)
  • Ivatt 2MT 2-6-2T No.41298 (Under Restoration)
  • SR E1 Class 0-6-0T No.B110 Burgundy (Undergoing Restoration)
  • Hunslet Austerity 0-6-0ST No.WD198 Royal Engineer
  • Hunslet Austerity 0-6-0ST No.92 Waggoner
  • Hunslet Austerity 0-6-0ST No.3850 Juno (Transferred to NRM, Shildon)
  • Hawthorn Leslie 0-4-0ST Invincible
  • Andrew Barclay 0-6-0T Ajax
  • BR Class 03 0-6-0 No.D2059
  • BR Class 05 0-6-0 No.D2554
  • Andrew Barclay 0-4-0 No.235


IOWR Booking Office

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Invincible at Havenstreet

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Invincible & Waggoner at Havenstreet

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