DOU­BLE FOUR-WHEEL SETS FOR ISLE OF WIGHT GALA IN MAY

Steam Railway (UK) - - News -

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.

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