In Spring 2021, the Isle of Wight Railway closed down due to a full upgrade. First, it was announced to be reopened with the new refurbished underground trains from London in August this year, but that got postponed again and again until the 1st of November 2021. I actually saw the first test with Class 484 in August on this stream here.
Where is the Isle of Wight Located?
The Island Line on the Isle of Wight island is located in the southern part of the United Kingdom. You can reach the island by boat or even with a hoover passenger service that runs all year. The railway on the Isle of Wight got a long story, but in Spring 2021 it was closed down to get a full upgrade. It used even older underground trains before, but as with everything. They also had to have their last ride.
On the 1st of November the Class 484 (which is a modernized London Underground train) electric multiple Units made their passenger debut on the Isle of Wight on the 1st November 2021. There were some issues with it but that’s always to be expected. It is so cool to see old underground trains being used again and you can now take them daily on the island.
How to get to the Isle of Wight?
You can reach the island by taking the GWR or South Western Railway train from London Waterloo station within 2 hours only. Then take a ferry from Wightlink Gunwharf Terminal to Fishbourne which is quite far from this railway. However, if you are able to walk or take a cab or bus 1.4km. Then you can take the passenger hover service to Ryde Hovercraft Terminal in Ryde which is just side by side with the Island Railway.
The hovercraft service uses 10 minutes on its journey to Ryde at the Isle of Wight. The price is £25.70 for adults with discounts for other groups.
What is the Pricing of the Island Line on Isle of Wight?
In detail. The Island Line railway on the Isle of Wight operates between Ryde Pier Head and Shanklin, serving Smallbrook Junction, Brading, Sandown, and Lake stations along the way. It is also connecting a steam-only route too that you can read about here.
You can get a special discounted fare when using both Southern Vectis and Island Line Trains. Single fare £2.50 (child £1.00), Day Return £4.00, (child £2.00) 7 Day season ticket £16.00 (child £8.00). So the train journey itself is a bargain. You can buy your ticket at the station or on the bus.
Island Line Route Details
Ryde Pier Head
First stop for the train! Links with the ferry to the mainland. Tickets can be bought on the train or at ticket machines.
Ryde St John’s Road
This station was known as Ryde railway station. All of the trains stopped here as it was the northern terminus of the railway at the time. Rather than a railway, a tramway continued northwards to where the current Ryde Pier Head railway station stands.
The only station that didn’t get raised platforms. The reason why Brading didn’t get raised platforms was that the entire track was re-laid lower instead
This town offers a range of traditional amusements and arcade games, with bowling, crazy golf and cafes to keep adults and children entertained for hours
This is a seaside village situated above the cliffs on Sandown Bay.
This is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the United Kingdom. On the Isle of Wight, Shanklin has everything you need for a great family holiday or to go to with friends or as a couple. It even got the Beach Of The Year in the Countryfile Magazine Awards 2019.
The Isle of Wight is a fantastic destination during the summer with activities for both that love adventure and nostalgia. It is an island for relaxing and now the train service on the island is back to normal operation. Check the timetables of the trains here.