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Written by Jason Rodhouse - 05 Dec 2007
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Location notes
Deacons lane is a rural location on the Isle of Wight steam railway, and lies halfway between Ashey and Smallbrook.
Railway type and traffic
The railway operates a number of 'smaller' steam engines, and a delightful collection of vintage carriages. Their trio of diesel shunters normally only operate on rare engineering duties.
This is an over bridge in a quiet rural location.
Road directions
From Ryde, head south on the A3055, taking a right hand turn into Great Preston Road as you leave the town. Keep keep right at the next fork in the road and continue down Smallbrook lane. You will pass over the railway, and will then reach a mini roundabout half-way up the hill. Turn left here, and you should notice the speedway stadium on your left. Continue down this road, and you will pass over the railway again. You need the first right after this which is Deacons Lane. After a few yards you will soon reach the over bridge.

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Isle of Wight, Deacons Lane map co-ordinates
Park sensibly to the side of the road.
Public transport
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Nothing at the location itself, but there is the Ponda Rosa restaurant which is just north along Ashey Road.
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Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
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Isle of Wight, Deacons Lane

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Isle of Wight, Deacons Lane

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Photographic notes
Shots can be had from both sides of the bridge here, but tress to the east can be troublesome. A good shot of trains from Smallbrook can be had from the field which is visible from the bridge here.

General views - All photographs © Jason Rodhouse unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking south west

Fig 1 - Looking south west

Fig 2 - Looking south

Fig 2 - Looking south

The best shot, but this was taken at the end of October, and shadows at this time of year are too long.

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