VENTNOR

Isle of Wight Railway

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Ventnor station was the most southerly terminus of the Isle of Wight Railways. One of four companies which operated on the island, opened on September 10th 1866 and was absorbed by the southern after the big four amalgamation in 1923. The line closed from Shanklin on April 18th 1966.

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The station’s site was a disused chalk pit blasted out of the side of Boniface Down in the shape of a horseshoe and is 168ft above sea level. The approach to the platforms is via a 1,312 yards (1,199m) long tunnel through the Downs, with a falling gradient of 1 in 173 ft.

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This model can only be a truncated impression, because of limited space and is nowhere near to scale. The layout has been researched and built from photographs (no drawings being available) by two long serving members of Newhaven and District Model Railway Club.

Research started some years ago, the construction began about 10 years ago and the layout has now been extended to the next station, Wroxall.

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At Ventnor, the good shed, signal box and adjoining hut are scratch built along with several other sundry details. The station buildings are partly scratch built and utilise parts from card kits. Wroxall is entirely scratch built, except for the cottages which are card kits. My colleague built the chalk pit cliffs, Boniface Down with tunnel and all the scenery and electric wiring to the extension as well as most of the wiring at Ventnor. He has also hand made all the produce for the allotments.

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Rolling stock is very limited and may not be correct to period or area this we hope to rectify in the future.

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The caves were used by coal merchants as offices and stores, they still exist but the station site is now industrial. At Wroxall, all the station area has gone, except for the hotel which is now flats. The cottages and three arch bridge remain today.

The uncoupling of stock is by electromagnetic ramps. Communication between operator is by bell code.

8 comments for “VENTNOR

  1. Gary Ranson
    January 1, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    Hi,

    If ever the layout is to be moved on, coukd I have first refusal please?

    Thanks

    Gary

    • admin
      January 2, 2017 at 10:43 am

      Gary,
      Our current plans with the layout are to carry on with improvements, so no plans yet to pass it on but I’ll keep your details in case we do.

      Happy new year and Best regards

      Charlie Bloomfield
      Newhaven & District MRC Secretary

  2. David
    December 11, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    Hi. Link to yr site came via semg.

    I have copies of the Sr building alteration dwgs from1928 and a target plus many photos from 1964-1970 I’ve working and demolition build of industrial estate one shows new kerb.ine and old platforms co existing !

    Now based in Mcr I’d love to see layout it’s an ideal branch fiddle set up l had my first footplate on an O2 running around the train in1963

  3. Ian Pidgley
    April 17, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    any plans to exhibit on the IOW? i’d like to come and have a look, (i’m building smallbrook)… when you say you only have limited stock, do you have any O2s, E1s, are are you waiting on the kernow ones… nice to hear i’m not only one who likes to use proper block working, is your signalling operational?

  4. jeanuk53
    February 4, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    Thanks so much for posting these pictures! I started working on doing the stretch from Wroxall (where I had an aunt we used to spend our holidays with in the 50s and 60s) but didn’t get very far apart from buying loads of rolling stock and kits etc although I have built the little white station building at Wroxall from scratch and most of the Station Hotel as well. Its all been put away for about 30 years I guess bit recently I got it all out again and its given me the itch to start again. Of course with the Internet its much easier to find photos and info but when I started it was really hard finding good pictures and I had to rely on some of my own from holidays. I did a walk around Wroxall on Google Streetview the other day and got some great screenshots of the Station Hotel and in particular the road layout, I remember walking up to the station and going into what was a newsagent/sweetshop – I can still smell it now! I would love to see some photos if your layout if you wouldn’t mind – I’m not experienced in layouts but have always loved steam trains – my great grandfather was an engine driver based at Stratford East London and his brother worked there too so I think its in my blood! I hope to hear from you,
    With many thanks
    Jean

    • Jean McCarthy
      April 4, 2015 at 9:06 am

      Hi Charlie, no, I don’t think I did. I’ve seen pics of the Ventnor end and someone had done Wroxall as well so they were a help too. Would still like to see the club layout though. Thanks for thinking of me. Have a good weekend.
      Kind regards
      Jean

    • Bob
      August 3, 2017 at 1:04 pm

      Hi Jean, your first hand memories of Wroxall certainly bring the model to life. I was also thinking of a Wroxall model. Do you have any photos or drawings of the hotel front (not the platform side) ? This seem few and far between. Thanks and all the best. Bob

      • Jean McCarthy
        August 4, 2017 at 7:01 am

        Hi Bob I did get a couple of The front of the hotel, there was a little stone wall and a garden with trees. Pics aren’t on my phone but on my pc at work – doesn’t seem I can add pics to a post here so if you let me have an email address I’ll send you what I have.
        Kind regards
        Jean

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