Isle of Wight Steam Railway
Your visit to The Isle of Wight Steam Railway will charm, engage and captivate, leaving you with some lasting memories of a special day out.
Thrill to the sight and sound of powerful majestic steam engines
Breathe in the evocative smells of a real steam railway
Soak-up the rhythm of quiet rural stations while enjoying the friendliness of the traditionally uniformed staff
Settle back in beautifully restored Victorian and Edwardian carriages and discover an idyllic view of the Island’s unspoilt countryside. Keep an eye out for a red squirrel or deer darting away from the train as you pass through ancient woodland, and watch for a solitary kestrel perched on a fence post seeking its prey as the train ambles through open farmland and sweeping downland! … And take time to hop off at one of our stations to enjoy a stroll in the countryside or just to relax and watch the trains go by!
Our Locomotives and Carriages have all been painstakingly restored to pristine condition and are the hallmark of our delightful railway. Our oldest locomotive was built in 1876 and carriages dating back to 1864!
A living, breathing, working museum, the Isle of Wight Steam Railway is a popular and fascinating destination for all age groups.
THE TRAIN STORY DISCOVERY CENTRE
TRAIN STORY IS OPEN DAILY FROM 15TH MARCH TO 31ST OCTOBER, PLUS FEBRUARY HALF TERM WEEK AND DURING OUR CHRISTMAS EVENT DAYS.
An exciting addition to the Isle of Wight Steam Railway’s visitor experience, the Train Story Discovery Centre is a huge exhibition space, enabling the Railway’s truly impressive historic collection of locomotives, Victorian and Edwardian carriages and other rare rolling stock to be available for visitors to see and enjoy at close quarters.
The Railway can now keep its unique collection of Isle of Wight rolling stock under cover when not in service, away from the harmful effects of sun, wind and rain, whilst remaining fully accessible to all.
An added bonus is the public access path which takes visitors through the Carriage and Wagon workshop and then passes through the heart of the engineer’s yard before giving stunning new line side photograph vantage points.
THE AWARD-WINNING ISLE OF WIGHT STEAM RAILWAY!
The Railway was first honoured in 1979 and, over the years, has been proud to win numerous local and national awards including:
IW Chamber of Commerce Business Awards for Excellence. ‘Tourism & Leisure Award 2012’
Beautiful South Awards for Excellence. ‘Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 2012’
Independent Railway of the Year (on three occasions – 1989, 1995 and 2000).
FOOD & DRINK
The Isle of Wight Steam Railway offers extensive refreshment facilities for a full range of meals, drinks, and snacks.
In our fully-licensed Refreshment Rooms at Havenstreet Station, Janet and her experienced team cater for Elevenses, Lunch and Afternoon Tea. Enjoy a choice of daily home cooked “Specials”, cool down with a refreshing traditional Isle of Wight ice cream or spoil yourself with a selection of sumptuous cake or a specially prepared cream tea.
Meals, light bites and drinks can be enjoyed in the pleasant ambience of The Calbourne Room, with views out across the Children’s Play Area and our Events field. The decor of The Calbourne Room offers something of interest with interpretive panels telling some of the stories of Havenstreet, the station, and our Railway. There are also two superb large-scale pictures – one showing a twilight steam train on Ryde Pier in the 1960s, and the other depicting the former Newport Railway Station before it closed to passenger traffic in 1966.
On warm days you may wish to take your refreshments outside and you are welcome to eat ‘al-fresco’ on our covered patio area or choose a picnic bench opposite the platform for a great view of the trains.
For light snacks, on busy days our T-Junction Refreshment Kiosk is also open offering a range of sandwiches, drinks and ice creams. Here you can eat in the kiosk garden area or find a comfortable spot in the original Station Garden just opposite the Signal Box.
Full journey return tickets generally allow unlimited travel on the day of issue (but please see note below), plus admission to all stations, the museum, Children’s Play Area, Woodland Walk, and (subject to any working restrictions) the Carriage & Wagon Workshop. Tickets for all of our operating days, plus our many special events may be purchased online at discounted rates.
STANDARD FARE PRICES (buy on the Gate) are shown below:-
Third Class (Valid all day) on the Gate
Child £6.00 (5-15 yrs)
Infant FREE (0-4 Yrs) subject to a maximum of two infants per fare-paying adult.
Family £30.00 – Available for two adults and two children travelling together
First Class (Valid all day) on the Gate
For the discerning traveller, First Class day tickets are available at the following rates:
Child £11.00 (5-15 yrs)
Infant FREE (0-4 Yrs) subject to a maximum of two per fare-paying adult.
Family £45.00 – Available for two adults and two children travelling together
Dogs are conveyed subject to the safety and comfort of other passengers and at the Railway’s discretion. They must be kept on a short lead at ALL times whilst on Railway property.
Tickets for non-travellers at Havenstreet Station
An admission charge will normally be made to non-travellers at Havenstreet Station. Site admission will normally allow access to the Shop, Museum and Refreshment Rooms (when open), the Children’s Play Area, the Woodland Walk, and (subject to any working restrictions) the Carriage & Wagon Workshop. It does not include entry onto the platform, for which a travel ticket is required. The admission charge will vary during some Special Events, and we reserve the right to make or change admission charges at any time without prior notice
Adult £5 (charges vary for some Special Events)
Children (5-15 Yrs) £FREE (charges may be applied for some Special Events)
Visiting the Isle of Wight Steam Railway by car is easy! Our large FREE car park by Havenstreet Station provides plenty of space for cars and coaches, plus plenty of disabled parking bays.
The main car park provides easy and fairly level access to the station.
On busier days, such as when Special Events are running, we have a larger, overflow car parking area.
Alternatively, you may join the train at Wootton where we have another, although smaller, FREE car park.
There is no vehicular access or parking at Ashey or Smallbrook stations.
There are toilet facilities available at three of our stations.
At Havenstreet Station, the original Station Building houses Ladies and Gents toilets. Although they have been modernised, these are in the same locations as the original toilets which were in use during Southern Railway days. There are of course also toilets located in the Railway Refreshment Rooms and these include an accessible toilet. There is also an accessible toilet just off the Station Yard area, near the entrance to the works yard and loco coaling stage. this is accessed via shallow ramp just to the right of the former Gas Retort House.
There are additional toilets available for Special Events in the Events field behind the Station Building.
Wootton Station is a typical country station reflecting Edwardian times at the turn of the century. Modern toilets facilities including an accessible toilet are located in the station building.
Smallbrook Junction is not served by mains drainage; however, a modern effective environment-friendly composting toilet is available. There are no toilet facilities at Ashey Station.