SZ5993 : Isle of Wight Electric Railway, Ryde Pier

taken 6 years ago, near to Ryde, Isle of Wight, Great Britain

Isle of Wight Electric Railway, Ryde Pier
Isle of Wight Electric Railway, Ryde Pier
Ryde Pier, completed in 1814, is generally accepted as the oldest surviving pier in the country. The pier, which stretches 681 metres out into the Solent is the second longest (behind Southend) pier in the UK. The pier, which was made a Grade II listed building in 1976, is now owned by Wightlink who operate a regular catamaran service to Portsmouth from the end of the pier.

After the railway opened to Shanklin in 1864, a second pier, immediately east of the original promenade decking, was opened to allow a horse tramway to operate along its length and through the town to connect with the original station at Ryde (St John’s Road).

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The Island Line on the Isle of Wight operates between Ryde and Shanklin, serving Smallbrook Junction, Brading, Sandown and Lake intermediate stations. It has always been the Isle of Wight’s main line, even when the Island boasted a complex 53-mile rail network with 36 stations and halts. The first services between Ryde (St Johns) and Shanklin, with intermediate stations at Brading and Sandown, ran on 23 August 1864.

Most of the island's rail network was closed in the 1950s and 1960s leaving just the line from Ryde Pier Head to Shanklin. This line was electrified using the third-rail system and electric train services replaced the steam-hauled trains in 1967 along what became known as “the island line”. It is currently operated by Class 483 1938-vintage former London Underground trains.
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Tuesday, 16 July, 2013   (more nearby)
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Monday, 22 July, 2013
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