In 2014, the Isle of Wight celebrated the 150th anniversary of the opening of the railway between Ryde St. Johns Road and Shanklin.
Saturday 30th August saw residents, and visitors to the Island, invited to join in the various celebrations that took place at stations along the line. These events gave people a chance to step back in time and travel through 150 years of rail transport and life on the Isle of Wight.
The celebrations included a vintage vehicle display at Ryde St Johns Road, as well as a model railway exhibition and a steam roller; there were also old railway photographs on display from Sandown Historical Association.
Ryde Esplanade Travel Centre hosted the 150 Exhibition display and Brading Station also hosted a 1950s day which included signal box tours as well as music, vintage and memorabilia stalls.
Visitors to Shanklin Station partied through 150 years with entertainment for all ages, wandering through a selection of local traders’ rides, stalls and vintage vehicles whilst enjoying a refreshing drink in the Pimms tent or sampling some Rail Ale with a fabulous program including the Millitary Wives, Shanklin Town Band, Bunker Girls and the 5 O’Clock Shadows.
This event was supported by the Isle of Wight Rail Community Partnership which is made up of: Island Line, Southern Vectis, Hovertravel, Ryde Town Council and Sandown Town Council. Shanklin and Lake Town Councils were also involved with this celebration.