Newport railway station (Isle of Wight Central Railway)

Newport railway station was established in 1862 with the opening of the Cowes and Newport Railway. It was enlarged in December 1875 when the lines to Ryde and Ventnor were opened. The station was also used by the Freshwater, Yarmouth and Newport Railway from its opening in 1888 until 1913, when that company opened its own station nearby. Upon the formation of the Southern Railway in 1923 reverted to using this station. The station was closed by British Railways in 1966. It was then used as a base for the Wight Locomotive Society until January 1971, when it was demolished.

Newport IWCR
Railway Station, Newport, Isle of Wight (geograph 3727207)
Railway Station, Newport, Isle of Wight. Shortly before it was demolished, to make way for a new bypass. O2 class No 24 Calbourne awaits restoration
Location
PlaceNewport
AreaIsle of Wight
Coordinates50°42′10″N 1°17′35″W / 50.7028°N 1.2930°WCoordinates: 50°42′10″N 1°17′35″W / 50.7028°N 1.2930°W
Grid referenceSZ500894
Operations
Pre-groupingCowes and Newport Railway (1862–1887), Ryde and Newport railway (1875–1887), Isle of Wight and Newport Junction Railway (1879–1887), Isle of Wight Central Railway (1887–1923)
Post-groupingSouthern Railway (1923 to 1948)
Southern Region of British Railways (1948 to 1966)
Platforms3
History
16 June 1862Opened
21 February 1966Closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
A B C D–F G H–J K–L M–O P–R S T–V W–Z
The Isle of Wight RJD 135
A 1914 Railway Clearing House map of lines around The Isle of Wight.

Isle of Wight Central Railway station

Newport railway station was a pivotal station within the unique railway network on the Isle of Wight,[1] that began in 1862 when the Cowes and Newport Railway opened for business. Situated in the centre of the town.[2] The station was enlarged in 1875 with the opening of the Ryde and Newport Railway in December 1875,[3] which also connected the station to Ventnor. Traffic was also increased with the opening of the branch to Sandown in 1879, by the Isle of Wight (Newport Junction) Railway.[4] In July 1887 The Cowes and Newport Railway, the Ryde and Newport Railway, and the Isle of Wight (Newport Junction) Railway were merged to form the Isle of Wight Central Railway (IWCR).

A major employer on the island,[5] it was noted for its busy and purposeful camaraderie.[6] Closed in 1966, the station served as a base for the Wight Locomotive Society until January 1971, when the site was demolished by scrap merchants.[7] The station site is now built over[8] with much of it now lost under the A3054, Medina Way.[9]

Freshwater Yarmouth & Newport Railway station

The trains of the Freshwater, Yarmouth and Newport Railway's terminated at the IWCR station from the opening of that line in 1888 until 1913, when a separate FYN station opened nearby.[3] However, upon the formation of the Southern Railway, all trains to Newport reverted to using the IWCR station.[10]

Motive power depots

The Ryde and Newport Railway opened a wooden engine shed, with coaling and watering facilities on the eastern side of Newport station on 20 December 1875[11] The Freshwater Yarmouth and Newport Railway also opened a small shed close to the site of Newport Priory, but this was closed upon the formation of the Southern Railway.

See also

References

  1. ^ Paye, P. (1984). Isle of Wight Railways remembered. Oxford: OPC. ISBN 0-86093-212-5.
  2. ^ Pomeroy, Colin A. (1993). Isle of Wight Railways, Then and Now. Oxford: Past & Present Publishing. ISBN 0-947971-62-9.
  3. ^ a b Bennett, Alan (1994). Southern Holiday Lines in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Cheltenham: Runpast. ISBN 1-870754-31-X.
  4. ^ Bradley, D.L. (1982). A locomotive history of the railways on the Isle of Wight. London: Railway Correspondence and Travel Society. ISBN 0-901115-57-6.
  5. ^ Britton, Andrew (1994). Once upon a line. Vol. 4. Oxford: OPC. ISBN 0-86093-513-2.
  6. ^ Britton, Andrew (1994). "Appendix 2". Once upon a line. Vol. 1. Oxford: OPC. ISBN 0-86093-277-X.
  7. ^ "The Isle of Wight Steam Railway". Isle of Wight Beacon. Retrieved 22 March 2009.
  8. ^ Gammell, C.J. (1997). Southern Branch Lines. Oxford: OPC. ISBN 0-86093-537-X.
  9. ^ "Newport railway station". Subterranea Britannica.
  10. ^ Hay, P. (1988). Steaming Through the Isle of Wight. Midhurst: Middleton. ISBN 0-906520-56-8.
  11. ^ Griffiths, Roger; Smith, Paul (1999). The directory of British engine sheds: 1. Oxford: OPC. p. 56. ISBN 0-86093-542-6.

External links

Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Terminus   British Railways
Southern Region

IoW CR : Newport to Sandown line
  Shide
Terminus   British Railways
Southern Region

IoW CR : Newport to Cowes line
  Cement Mills Halt
Terminus   British Railways
Southern Region

IoW CR : Newport to Smallbrook Junction line
  Whippingham
Terminus   British Railways
Southern Region

FYNR : Newport[note 1] to Freshwater line
  Carisbrooke
  1. ^ For ten years, from 1913 to 1923, there was a separate station for this route a short distance away
  1. ^ For ten years, from 1913 to 1923, there was a separate station for this route a short distance away
Disused railway stations on the Isle of Wight

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