We’re so lucky living in Lightwater to have quick and easy access to the south coast. It makes impromptu decisions to visit the Isle of Wight a simple choice.
Two things combined on Sunday for us to make such a choice – fine weather and the 50th anniversary of the arrival of diesel traction on the island with a unique diesel gala by the Isle of Wight Steam Railway. We pondered how to get to the railway, and plumped for taking the car via a WightLink ferry from Portsmouth to Fishbourne. We more regularly travel to the island by car to Portsmouth, fast ferry to Ryde, and then by tube train to wherever.
We’ve not previously visited the Isle of Wight Steam Railway. So it was an adventure – especially for me as a train buff. The railway is a splendid visitor attraction, and pleasingly well run, and clean – not always the case with steam railways. Of course I took some videos of the diesel gala with four diesel shunter engines. I had a lovely chat with Alan the driver of our train in his cab – video coming later. A splendid lunch was partaken at the Woodmans Arms in Wootten, not too far from Wootton Station.
All in all, a magical day out. [Here are a few photos of the day to whet your appetite for the videos to follow. Click on photos to expand]