Trains on boats for plain sailing to Isle of Wight

A former London Underground train waits for a ferry to the Isle of Wight where it would run on the island's railway. The picture was taken at Broad Street, Old Portsmouth, in the spring of 1967
A former London Underground train waits for a ferry to the Isle of Wight where it would run on the island's railway. The picture was taken at Broad Street, Old Portsmouth, in the spring of 1967
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It was spring 1967 when the late Stan Hedges took this lovely picture of a former London Underground train waiting for a ferry.

His wife Doris dug out the photo from the family album and it was e-mailed to me by their daughter Jane Ring who was three when her dad took it.

MW Brading cuts across the wash left by the Isle of Wight paddle steam MW Ryde in the summer of 1969

MW Brading cuts across the wash left by the Isle of Wight paddle steam MW Ryde in the summer of 1969

They lived in Broad Street, Old Portsmouth, not far from where the Isle of Wight car ferry berthed.

The train, possibly still in use, was heading for the island’s railway.

And, while we’re on the subject of the Isle of Wight in the 1960s, Paul Stanley, of Dollis Hill, London, took some pictures (immediately below and bottom right) in 1969.

He was on the paddle steamer Ryde returning to Portsmouth from the island when the diesel ferry Brading cut across Ryde’s wash.

He says: ‘The second shot was taken immediately after as Brading passed us, a good passenger load on both ships.’