DOUBLE FOUR-WHEEL SETS FOR ISLE OF WIGHT GALA IN MAY
Two sets of four-wheeled carriages will be in operation on the Isle of Wight in May - for the first time in 80 years. As the highlight of the Isle of Wight Steam Railway’s gala on May 27-29, ‘Terrier’ 0-6-0T No. W11 is to operate the former Ventnor West push-pull set (London, Chatham & Dover Railway Saloon Composite No. 6369 and Saloon Brake Composite No. 4112) for one return trip each afternoon, while fellow ‘A1X’ No. W8 Freshwater is paired with the rake of fourwheelers on the other service train. Both sets will then be combined for a run behind the double-headed ‘Terriers’. It is, however, dependent upon the completion of LB&SCR Brake Third No. 4115, which is expected to make its debut following a four-year restoration. In an extended timetable, with early and late trains, ‘O2’ 0-4-4T No. W24 Calbourne and Ivatt ‘2MT’ 2-6-2T No. 41298 will run with the bogie carriages. This rake is expected to be strengthened to five vehicles in time for the gala, with the return of LB&SCR Composite No. 6349 following re-varnishing and fitting of a new roof canvas.