A fun day out for us is a day trip to the Isle of Wight. I’ve previously talked about such day trips to the Island on this blog. Choosing fine weather for a day trip In late October, we parked our car in Gun Wharf Keys in Portsmouth, then a short walk through Portsmouth Harbour train station to the Isle of Wight fast ferry terminal.
In just 30 minutes or so the fast ferry arrives at Ryde Pier Head. There’s then a choice, a half mile walk along the pier to Ryde Esplanade or catch a tube train from the pier head to Ryde, which is what we did. Sad chap that I am, one of the reasons for the day trip was a last trip on the 83 year old tube trains before they are removed from service at the end of this year.
We travelled on the tube train to Ryde and then by bus to – I’ll tell you about this later. Returning to Ryde from our visit we caught a tube train from Ryde to Ryde Pier Head. I captured the tube train experience on a video, which I’m sharing with you below.