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Super

ProGoes to some interesting places

ConsOnly covers the east coast of the island

I spent my 2012 summer holiday on the Isle of Wight, and although I normally used buses to travel around the island, I spent one day using the Island Line, the only electric railway line on the island, which runs from Ryde in the north to Shanklin in the east. Here are my thoughts. ***A Brief...

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Super

“"Choo, Choo!!!"”

published 20/03/2006

Proalways on time

Consold

.... The Island Train system, on the Sunny Isle of Wight, is pretty poor compared to trains in most other parts of the country. The trains that are used are old London underground trains (probably from around the 70's). There are several different trains, which are painted in various colours and...

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Good

“Tube Trains By The Sea!”

published 30/07/2009

ProTube trains - outside London!

ConsThe stations, the timetable........

The time we spent on the Isle of Wight travelling around the island itself was always made by car; the option of using the car meant we had a lot of freedom. We had enquired about the prices available but were advised that towns like Ryde offer an hour of free parking anyway, so we decided to...

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Super

ProVery rarely late, comparatively cheap

Consuncomfortable, very poor facilities, only runs alo...

Anywhere else in the country, Island Line trains might be seen as a disgrace! However, since the transport links on the Isle of Wight in general are, at best, poor, the service would be my chosen method of travel. Taxis and buses are hugely expensive, and the buses are very rarely on time. A...

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Excellent

ProNever Late

ConsOnly 8 Stops!!

It is said to be the best run train in Britain!!! Well kept, always on time. How can it not be?? The Island Line runs the 8 miles between Shanklin and Ryde Pier Head. The stops are as follows: Shanklin Lake Sandown Brading Havenstreet Ryde St. Johns Ryde Esplanade and Ryde Pier head. It cost a...

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Excellent

“Stepping back in time.......”

published 10/06/2004

ProGreat value to see the whole island

Consnone that we found

We went to the Isle of Wight last summer for our holiday and I was surprised to see an old London Underground tube train, this was the "Island Line". Running from Ryde Pier Head it runs 8 and half miles through the towns of Ryde, Brading, Sandown, Lane and Shanklin. A typical day return to...

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Not for me

“Island Line- Not so fine”

published 24/07/2006

ProRelatively cheap, connects with steam railway.

ConsTrains old & decrepid, stations very grotty, track...

The Island line runs from Ryde Pier Head to Shanklin, and uses refurbished 1938 (!) Tube Stock, virtually the oldest rolling stock still in active service. It is also the only vertically integrated rail franchise in the UK, meaning that the trains, track and signalling are all operated by the...

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Listed on Ciao since: 10/06/2004