If you register, you can do a lot more. And become an active part of our growing community. You'll have access to hidden forums, and enjoy the ability of replying and starting conversations.

Isle of Wight Steam Railway

Discussion in 'Heritage Railways & Centres in the UK' started by Freshwater, Nov 12, 2013.

  1. cav1975

    cav1975 Member

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2009
    Messages:
    398
    Likes Received:
    326
    In the 80s (Running just Havenstreet to Wootton & back) we had occasions when locos ran out of water and an operating instruction was issued that locos must take water every trip whether the crew thought they needed to or not. I'm not sure if that still applies and I suspect that the Ivatts can go a long way on one tank full. Maybe @Islander could enlighten us.
     
    ax1709cjm likes this.
  2. martin1656

    martin1656 Resident of Nat Pres Friend

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2014
    Messages:
    10,750
    Likes Received:
    5,867
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    St Leonards
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    have to PM Alex, and find out when he's planning on visiting, and how he's planning on getting to the island :)
    Thanks Gary, I might have to take you up on that, be interesting to see the detail difference from the mainland Chatham coaches from the island versions
     
  3. martin1656

    martin1656 Resident of Nat Pres Friend

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2014
    Messages:
    10,750
    Likes Received:
    5,867
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    St Leonards
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    A small engine like Invincible yes I can understand that same as having to drop back on the pit and rake out the ashpan, I can remember her doing just that, it was back when you had Spitfire, Invincible would return from Wotton, take water go back on the pit to have the fire cleaned, and the diesel would take the trip, do a round trip in the meanwhile the steam loco came back on, having also recoaled and resume her booked duty. of course when the 02 came back in, and one of the terriers, then this break wasn't needed.
     
  4. paulhitch

    paulhitch Part of the furniture

    Joined:
    Oct 12, 2008
    Messages:
    4,702
    Likes Received:
    2,491
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Hayling Island
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    I asked the very same question of a crew in view of the great economy in water (and fuel) demonstrated by these machines and of their ample tank capacity. Water pressure at Havenstreet is "gentle" and I was informed it was preferred to top up the loco tanks little and often as it avoided the supply tank running dry, particularly when two trains were running. Any correction gratefully received.

    Paul H
     
  5. martin1656

    martin1656 Resident of Nat Pres Friend

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2014
    Messages:
    10,750
    Likes Received:
    5,867
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    St Leonards
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    little and often is the preferred way on most railways, due to the time it takes to refill a water tank, and of course, the more water you have the better off you are, if you are running late, and you have enough water in the tanks, or tender, you can decide to omit a water stop to make up time, if you are running low,Injectors won't pick up with a low water level in the tanks, then, you are in real danger of running with a low water level in the boiler, with no way to top it up a brake application and that's your fusable plug gone.
     
    Last edited: May 26, 2018
  6. Islander

    Islander Member

    Joined:
    May 11, 2006
    Messages:
    294
    Likes Received:
    193
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Isle of Wight
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    The water gauge on the Ivatt tanks shows 1350 gallons when full and will drop down to the 1,000 gallon zone after a round trip of the line, every train is different so the amount of water varies. The Ivatts are very efficient and would go a long way on full tanks.

    Usual practice for all engines is to fill up at Havenstreet on completion of each round trip.
     
    gwalkeriow and paulhitch like this.
  7. Islander

    Islander Member

    Joined:
    May 11, 2006
    Messages:
    294
    Likes Received:
    193
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Isle of Wight
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    I forgot to mention, get down to the Island and see for yourselves this weekend - It's the Three Island Ivatts gala!
     
    paulhitch likes this.
  8. Islander

    Islander Member

    Joined:
    May 11, 2006
    Messages:
    294
    Likes Received:
    193
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Isle of Wight
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    This week the IWSR has started the 2018 high season service, so lots of Terrier action to be had between now and mid September. Quite often you will find one of the Terriers as the Duty 2 engine (with the 4-wheelers) on 2 train service days.

    This coming Sunday (1st July) is our monthly Island Heritage Train day, on the roster is W24 at the head of the Brighton bogie set and W11 with the LCDR push-pull set.

    The weekend of 4th/5th August is our Three Island Locos event, Ws 8,11 and 24 will be in action. This will be the last chance to see our Terriers working together until W8 has been overhauled, work starts after this season.

    Loco Roster and event details are on our website:

    http://www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk/locomotives-in-steam-this-m…

    http://www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk/…/all-island-locos-together…
     
    cav1975 likes this.
  9. stephenvane

    stephenvane Member

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2011
    Messages:
    526
    Likes Received:
    398
    It’s a couple of months off, but any idea which locos will be in action at the island steam show?

    Are the island locos normally used?

    Just wondering as I’m thinking of going.

    Thanks
     
  10. stephenvane

    stephenvane Member

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2011
    Messages:
    526
    Likes Received:
    398
    Just checked your link and answered my own question. 24 and 11, excellent!
     
    Islander likes this.
  11. Steve1015

    Steve1015 Member

    Joined:
    May 26, 2011
    Messages:
    902
    Likes Received:
    267
    Gender:
    Male
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    I need to contact the management of the Ops dept (preferably the loco side).

    I would be grateful if someon could point me in the right direct please...and via PM please.


    All sorted now and thank you to the 2 gentlemen who replied
     
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2018
  12. Freshwater

    Freshwater New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2010
    Messages:
    48
    Likes Received:
    31
  13. flying scotsman123

    flying scotsman123 Part of the furniture

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2013
    Messages:
    6,090
    Likes Received:
    6,426
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Cheltenham, or Sheffield
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    Just got permission from the family to stay on the island long enough to enjoy day 1 of the Island steam gala this Saturday. Looking at the timetable it suggests "mainline"* trains stop at Smallbrook junction later than normal, but this isn't reflected anywhere else I that I can see. Can anyone confirm what the last "mainline" departure from Smallbrook to Ryde will be this Saturday please?

    *Having experienced them for the first time today, I can barely bring myself to use the word mainline in the same context as island line, fun though it was!
     
  14. cav1975

    cav1975 Member

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2009
    Messages:
    398
    Likes Received:
    326
    The "mainline" trains will stop as advertised by the steam railway but these extra stops will not be shown in any national rail planners as they are arranged locally.
     
  15. paulhitch

    paulhitch Part of the furniture

    Joined:
    Oct 12, 2008
    Messages:
    4,702
    Likes Received:
    2,491
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Hayling Island
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    The bus from Wootton is a useful (and more comfortable) alternative.

    I gather that L.B.S.C.R. brake third 4115 is likely to make its debut. The air brakes for I.W.R. No. 10 have yet to be completed and there may be the odd coat of varnish (out of 14!) to go on yet.

    Paul H
     
  16. flying scotsman123

    flying scotsman123 Part of the furniture

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2013
    Messages:
    6,090
    Likes Received:
    6,426
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Cheltenham, or Sheffield
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    Thank you.

    Thanks Paul, I'll look into the bus as well, although the train is a little more "door to door" if you will, nice for someone like me who hasn't had to make all the connections before. The novelty of the "mainline" train hasn't quite worn off yet either, certainly a bouncy ride. In fact I think Dad enjoyed that almost as the steam train having lived in London for his first few years!

    Yes some of the chaps were busy on 4115 today, certainly looks very impressive, looking forward to a ride in it on Saturday. I had noticed a fair few brake linkages still to go on No.10, nice to see the celebrity carriage though.

    Certainly a good setup going today, I managed to avoid the "railway folk" but I did sit down to watch the falconry. Mum (a primary school teacher) commented on how great it was they were catering for the young kids, and also approved of the loudspeaker letting everyone know what was happening, very helpful she thought. :Happy:
     
  17. CH 19

    CH 19 Well-Known Member Friend

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2013
    Messages:
    1,076
    Likes Received:
    458
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    W14
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    Sorry bit late in posting this but finally managed a last minute visit to last Sunday's 3 Island engine gala, having escaped from Chale show duties for a few hours. Had a really good time on a well run and very friendly railway. I sampled both the 4 wheelers and the bogie stock on my first full line trip in ..........err, 24 years, travelled behind Calbourne, which is a first, and was lucky enough to see the last train of the day comprising 7 or 8 4wheelers and double headed by the terriers, wonderful.
    Well done all concerned, and the feedback from fellow travellers was all to the good.
    Chris
     
    gwalkeriow likes this.
  18. steamvideosnet

    steamvideosnet Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2011
    Messages:
    1,748
    Likes Received:
    1,688
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Southampton, UK
    A few shots from Friday's 30742 photo charter with Calbourne...

    24 charter.002.jpg
    24 charter.003.jpg
    24 charter.004.jpg
    24 charter.001.jpg

    James
     
  19. Islander

    Islander Member

    Joined:
    May 11, 2006
    Messages:
    294
    Likes Received:
    193
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Isle of Wight
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    Great pictures James.

    Friday seemed perfect photography weather, once the mist had lifted! The charter continued yesterday with 41313, unfortunately quite a wet day...
     
    steamvideosnet likes this.
  20. Daddsie71b

    Daddsie71b Member Friend

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2013
    Messages:
    400
    Likes Received:
    334
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    durzet
    steamvideosnet and gwalkeriow like this.

Share This Page