Isle of Wight Carriages
One of the things I like about the Isle of Wight Steam Railway is that you get a history of the carriage you are travelling in. It takes the form of one of the carriage posters that trains used to have (and still do on many of the preserved railways. This was in the compartment I travelled in last month.
We’ll zoom in in just a tick, but let’s note first that this is one of three posters along each side of the carriage and we’ll also notice the net luggage rack above. As naughty youngsters we used to love clambering up into them.
That poster, handily, divides into three parts.
That’s quite a history for this carriage with frames that had seen World War One service in France given a 1922 body at the old LB and SCR works at Lancing. The carriage crossed the Solent to the island…
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