ISLE OF WIGHT COAL TRAIN RECREATED

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A world away from the Great Cen­tral ‘Wind­cut­ters’, but no less au­then­tic, is the Isle of Wight Steam Rail­way’s recreated 1930s coal train. It con­sists of four ex-LBSCR wag­ons trans­ferred to the is­land for this traf­fic by the SR, two of which have just been com­pleted with the as­sis­tance of a grant from the Arts Coun­cil PRISM fund. Dur­ing its first day in traf­fic, on April 9, the rake leaves Small­brook Junc­tion be­hind ‘Ter­rier’ 0-6-0T No. W8 Fresh­wa­ter ; in the fu­ture, it will also be paired with the ‘E1’ 0-6-0T, the last sur­vivor of a class used on the is­land pri­mar­ily for coal trains. JOHN FAULKNER

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