The Isle of Wight Steam Railway’s Autumn Gala has been added to the Terrier 150 schedule of events, taking place on 17 to 18 September 2022.
The gala commemorates the 70th anniversary of the closure of the branch line to Ventnor West. This was the last railway built on the Island, completed in 1900, and featured relatively elaborate stations, a lengthy curved tunnel, and a spectacular scenic section through the Undercliff with stunning sea views. Built with the ambition of transporting visitors to the fashionable resort of Ventnor, passenger numbers never lived up expectation. The newly nationalised British Railways didn’t waste any time in closing this loss-making line on 15 September 1952 – the first line on the Island to close.
Look out for one or both of the Isle of Wight Steam Railway’s Terrier locomotives which were a common sight on the Ventnor West branch until the 1940s.
During the weekend there will be opportunities to ride aboard the push-pull carriages, veterans from the Ventnor West line, hauled by one of the Terriers.
Book here: Isle of Wight Steam Railway Autumn Gala