Isle of Wight Railway Art (Transport Treasury)

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The railways of the Isle of Wight today are but a shadow of their former glory. A short stub between Ryde and Shanklin and the excellent heritage railway based at Haven Street are all that remain of an extensive network that once reached right across the island.

Isle of Wight Railway Art takes the reader back to the heyday of the island’s railways – the period from 1947 to the early 1960s. It uses the term `art’, not in the literal sense of paintings and drawings, but instead to refer to the art of railway photography. Author and island resident, Roger Simmonds, has trawled through the extensive Transport Treasury photographic archive to present a selection of the best images that fully represent the Island lines at their peak.

All of the island’s lines are illustrated, including those that closed in the 1950s. The high quality images, including some of the remarkable views of Paul Hocquard, are complemented by an absorbing text with snippets of history and folklore to portray what was for many years the principal means of transportation on the island, for residents and holidaymakers alike. 195 illustrations. 112 pages.

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