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The station is in a fairly rural area just outside Ryde, the second biggest town on the Island after the capital Newport. There is a small village nearby. Newport and Ryde are within easy reach by both public transport and car. Havenstreet is the headquarters of the Isle of Wight steam railway and is home to the lines yard, workshops, shed and carriage works.
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The Isle of Wight steam railway runs vintage trains of pre-grouping carriages from the LC&DR, LB&SCR, SE&CR and IoWR. The trains are hauled by one of their operational steam engines (including two Terriers and O2 Calbourne from pre-1966 Island stock) plus a few others. A list of operational engines can be found at their website
The location is in farmland just south of Ryde on the Isle of Wight, and is roughly 4 miles inland at this point. The location is perfectly safe and is fully staffed by the railways volunteers.
From Portsmouth / Southampton / Lymington, take a ferry to the Isle of Wight. From the docks at either Fishbourne or Ryde follow signs to either Ryde or Newport, then brown tourist information signs to the railway.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location Isle of Wight, Havenstreet map co-ordinates
There is a small car park at Havenstreet, but not at any of the other stations on the line.
From London Waterloo / Brighton / London Victoria / Clapham Junction / Southampton / Guildford take a train to Portsmouth Harbour. Upon arrival at the end of the platforms is the terminal for the ferry to the Isle of Wight (run by Wightlink). Through tickets to the Island can be bought from railway stations which include the ferry trip at no extra charge. The ferry takes about 20 - 30 minutes.
Upon arrival at Ryde Pier Head, take a train from the station toward Shanklin. At Smalbrook Junction (4th stop) change to the Isle of Wight steam railway for the run to Havenstreet.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location
The station has toilets, a cafe, a gift shop and a restaurant. Ryde and Newport also have a selection of shops and there is a supermarket in Ryde.
There are hotels, caravan parks all over the island and all within reach of the railway.
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The light is good throughout the day. The best place to stand is at the platform end for trains coming from Wooton (south) and either side (dependent on light) of the line north of the station. Any direction is possible although it is a little cramped and when busy everyone competes for 'the shot', so get there in good time.
General views - All photographs © Christopher Ward unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking south
Looking towards Wootton.
Fig 2 - Looking east
The west of the station at the Smallbrook end.
Fig 3 - Looking west
The east of the station at the Smallbrook end.
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