Smallbrook Junction railway station

Smallbrook Junction railway station is a railway station on the Isle of Wight, England. It is unusual because it has no public access but exists purely to provide a connection between two rail systems.

Another similar station is Manulla Junction in County Mayo, Republic of Ireland. However, that station allows interchange between two national network rail routes, rather than between a network route and a heritage route.

Smallbrook Junction
Smallbrook(1)
Island Line platform at Smallbrook Junction
Location
PlaceRyde
Local authorityIsle of Wight
Grid referenceSZ596906
Operations
Station codeSAB
Managed byIsland Line
Number of platforms2 (1 National Rail, 1 Isle of Wight Steam Railway)
DfT categoryF2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 11,408
2014/15Decrease 11,230
2015/16Increase 12,134
2016/17Increase 12,768
2017/18Decrease 12,670
History
Key datesOpened 20 July 1991
National Rail – UK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Smallbrook Junction from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

History

The station was opened in 1991 by British Rail when the Isle of Wight Steam Railway was extended to reach the Island Line, in order to provide a passenger interchange between the two. It is only served on days that both the Island Line and the Steam Railway are open, as there is no access either by path or by road.

Prior to 1991 there was no station on this site, but it was still an important railway junction. "Smallbrook Junction" is the historic name, long predating the station. Between 1875 and 1926 there were two separate lines here, independently run by the Isle of Wight Central Railway and the Isle of Wight Railway. In 1926, following the island's rail network passing to the Southern Railway, a signal box and turnouts were installed at Smallbrook. From then until 1966, the line was the Junction between the Ryde Pier Head to Ventnor and Ryde Pier Head to Cowes Lines, and was notable for only being operated as such during the summer months when traffic increased.[1] The junction has been featured in many photographs from the time.

If the Isle of Wight Steam Railway achieves its long term aim of extending to Ryde St. Johns Road, it is likely that Smallbrook Junction station would close.[2][3]

Flooding

In October 2000, flooding near the station washed away much of the track ballast on the Island Line. Due to the dangerous state of the line, and the damage caused to trains by related flooding at Ryde depot, Island Line Trains had to suspend their services for several days.[4]

Similar events occurred in December 2013, closing the line for many weeks.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Brading   Island Line
Ryde-Shanklin
  Ryde St John's Road
Heritage Railways  Heritage railways
Ashey   Isle of Wight Steam Railway   Terminus

Gallery

IoW Steam Railway 69199

From Smallbrook towards Ashey

Whitefield Farm - 262329

Looking towards Whitefield Farm from the "Terrier"

Smallbrook Junction railway station

Steam engine running around its train.

References

  1. ^ Hardy, Brian (2003). Tube Trains on the Isle of Wight. Harrow Weald, Middlesex: Capital Transport. p. 9. ISBN 1-85414-276-3.
  2. ^ "Is the future trams and steam trains into Ryde?". Island Echo. 5 February 2016. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Steaming back to Ryde after 50 years? Rail.co.uk assesses the plan and gives its verdict". Rail.co.uk. 18 January 2015. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  4. ^ Hardy, Tube Trains, p. 76

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Coordinates: 50°42′40″N 1°09′18″W / 50.711°N 1.155°W

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