Newport on the Freight
A proper freight train
When I visited the Isle of Wight railway in May 2014 the biggest disappointment for me was my camera died before I could get any photographs of the lines brilliant freight train. What made this freight train extra special was that the train was operated with a historically-representative single brake van during the morning. However the time taken in shunting the van to the rear of the train at each terminus station was beginning to affect the passenger train timetable. Thus a second brake van was added, but one full round trip was lost. I got to admit after seeing the Mid Hants freight train at the galas I was surprised to see the train up with just one brake van however it did mean I got loads of shots of her shunting the various wagons at Wootton.
The Isle of Wights freight train is very different to the Mid…
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