Woot­ton ap­peal re­launChed

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Plans to de­velop Woot­ton sta­tion as a pre‑Group­ing time warp have moved to the top of the Isle of Wight Steam Rail­way’s fundrais­ing agenda. It is pro­posed to en­hance the recre­ated Isle of Wight Cen­tral Rail­way sta­tion with a sid­ing to dis­play re­stored IWCR wag­ons and, pos­si­bly, a sec­ond plat­form ca­pa­ble of tak­ing the Ryde Pier tram or Vent­nor West push‑pull set. The plans would also in­clude the in­stal­la­tion of IWCR sig­nalling. An ap­peal launched in 2011 paid for a new sta­tion building and ex­ten­sion to the plat­form ‑ but the project was put on the back burner, but with the com­ple­tion of Ivatt 2‑6‑2T No. 41313, the Woot­ton de­vel­op­ment is to be­come the main fo­cus of the rail­way’s fundrais­ing ef­forts, with de­tailed cost­ings to be fi­nalised later this year. The other ap­peal cur­rently run­ning is to re­pair the cor­roded un­der­frames on the rail­way’s three SECR bo­gie coaches, with £142,000 raised to­wards its £200,000 tar­get.

STEPHEN LEEK

the sta­tion­mas­ter ob­serves the ar­rival of ‘ter­rier’ no. W8 Fresh­wa­ter at Woot­ton with the IoWsr’s goods train on septem­ber 11 2016.

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