A great idea for an island attraction

An 02 engine hauling vintage stock into Ryde Pierhead station
An 02 engine hauling vintage stock into Ryde Pierhead station
jpns-22-07-17 retro July 2017

Adventure park - These boys were digging holes to install one of the constructions which will be built in the adventure playground at Arundel Street, Portsmouth (0739-2)

THIS WEEK IN 1976: Landport children to make their own adventure playground

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In this photograph we can see two forms of transport, apart from cars that drove to the end of the pier,

To the left is an O2 Class loco, that had the monopoly on the Isle of Wight from 1960 to the end of steam, running in December 1966.

The stock on locomotives were always secondhand after seeing their time out on the mainland. The tramway along between the railway pier and the road pier used two Drury-built cars that could be very stuffy on a hot summer’s day (remember them?).

What a pity that no-one could have looked ahead and thought to keep the island as a steamhauled railway.

What a great attraction it would have been today. As it is, Ryde is like a ghost town with so many shops closed.