On Thursday 5th September 2019 we are continuing our transport theme for our summer events i.e.2017 Canal, 2018 Sea/Harbour and now, in 2019, a Steam Railway!
This year’s Old Cicestrians summer outing has an overseas feel to it as we will be visiting the Isle of Wight Steam Railway which runs from Smallbrook Junction, where it connects with Island Line services, to Wootton via the railway’s HQ station at Haven Street. It is open to all Old Cicestrians their spouses, partners and guests.
We have secured a block booking with the Isle of Wight Steam Railway which includes the round trip from Smallbrook Junction to Wootton and back in reserved compartments, lunch in the restaurant at Haven Street station and visits to the workshops and museums. The cost is £19 per head.
The Isle of Wight Steam Railway received the ‘Outstanding Visitor Attraction’ accolade for large groups at the Heritage Railway Association annual awards evening held on Saturday 9th February at the Macdonald Burlington Hotel in Birmingham amid tough competition from around the country. Also nominated in the same category were the Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway and the Talyllyn Railway. Please visit the outstanding website for further information – www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk
You will need to make your own travel arrangements to Smallbrook Junction, but we will assemble at Portsmouth Harbour station, Wightlink Terminal, in time for the 1115 Fastcat ferry to Ryde Pier Head.
11.15 arrive Ryde Pier Head
11.49 depart Ryde Pier Head on Island Line train for Smallbrook Junction
11.58 arrive Smallbrook Jct.
12.17 depart Smallbrook Junction on IoWSR train for Wootton, staying on the train to return to Haven Street
12.54 arrive Haven Street
13.15 Lunch in the restaurant after which you are free to visit Train Story, a large covered exhibition of Isle of Wight locomotives and stock, the museum, workshops and the shop and, perhaps, take afternoon tea before leaving.
16.08 depart Haven Street for Smallbrook Junction (reserved compartments)
16.19 arrive Smallbrook Junction 1633 dep Smallbrook Junction by Island Line train
16.42 arrive Ryde Pier Head
16.47 depart Ryde Pier Head by Fastcat Ferry
17.09 arrive Ryde Pier Head
Getting to Smallbrook Junction
By train. Owing to the wonders of the privatised railway Southern Railway do not offer through bookings to Isle of Wight destinations so, if you are travelling via Southern, you will need to rebook at Portsmouth Harbour. South Western Railway will sell a combined ferry/Island Line ticket to cover this which you can either book in advance online or buy at the SWR booking office at Portsmouth Harbour.
If coming from beyond London use South Western Railway from Waterloo, they do offer a through booking including the ferry.
By car Drive to Portsmouth Harbour station and book your ticket to Smallbrook Junction via South Western Railway either in advance online or at the SWR (not the Wightlink) ticket office and make your way down the platform to the Wightlink Terminal.
Please use the attached form to book your place(s) and give your menu choices by 27 August, 2019