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  1. It's the signal on the disused platform to the left that's co-acting - there was talk of a sighting issue, perhaps for stationary 4-car trains which stop too close to 34 for the driver to see it? In support of this you can actually see in the photos below, taken from near identical positions, that the signal appears to have been turned slightly. Island Line 483006 by George (L305 PWR), on Flickr 484003 Ryde esplanade 09/09/21 by James_Pilbeam, on Flickr
  2. An unusual (unique?) development at Esplanade - to aid with sighting they've repurposed the redundant WFP35 on the pier shuttle platform to be a co-acting signal. There had been talk of a signal in the four foot of the old down line but the hole was later filled in, so presumably someone noticed that a simpler solution was literally right in front of them. 483008 | (appr.) Ryde Esplanade, Isle of Wight (1) by jimbolimbo9, on Flickr
  3. It appears the daily test running now extends up the pier - 2-car sets ran this morning, while this afternoon on the webcam a 4-car set has arrived at Esplanade at around 25 mins past the hour (returning 10 later).
  4. One for the history books - the first 4-car runs on the Island. Not seen a train this long for many years...
  5. That explains the safety boats, and the considerable number of people onboard! Hopefully they'll now start regular running up the pier.
  6. Good news: First train to the Pier Head since January can be seen (14:53) on the webcams travelling up the pier... Bad news: It stopped about 3/4 of the way up, and at this moment is stationary with the lights flashing.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkmhN7P8U-4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-44KECp-xQ
  7. Interestingly RTT appears to be showing paths for the training currently underway - in theory leaving St Johns for Shanklin every half hour from 8:51 to 17:21 all next week. In reality they've been running hourly and clocking off mid-late afternoon (so far at least), but this may be useful for anyone wanting to see them? https://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/search/detailed/gb-nr:RYR/2021-08-30/0910?stp=WVS&show=all&order=wtt
  8. Funnily enough an everyday sound on the Isle of Wight until just a few months back - the same type were fitted to the Standard Stock and 483s to replace the LU originals. Some were even ex-Class 71, recovered from the electro-diesel conversions.
  9. Test trains have been running again in the last day or two, a week-ish delay? Brading looks all-but complete aside from lighting/electrics, supplier issues perhaps. Brading by Chris, on Flickr
  10. BBC: Isle of Wight rail work falls further behind after flooding
  11. That's been the case for a few years now hasn't it? Last photo of a 158 on flickr is 2018. Here's a video of the testing at Fareham, looks like some management turned up to check how things are going: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wIrkqN73lg
  12. Big day today - the first proper test runs have taken place since the upgrade, with 001 seen at Shanklin. 002+003 have also started daytime running to Fareham: https://www.facebook.com/groups/355569249197459/posts/530414731712909/ 484003HedgeEnd140721(b) by Simon Howard, on Flickr
  13. Some photos of the new panel in the box at St Johns - looks like the Up signals at Smallbrook have been moved from the Ryde side of the junction to the Brading side? https://www.facebook.com/groups/355569249197459/posts/528943238526725/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/355569249197459/posts/528905068530542/
  14. The IW Council have published a summary of their 'restoring your railway' proposals, the best they could come up was Ryde-Newport... via Sandown, a laughably impractical idea using 'hybrid light rail'. A missed opportunity and a waste of £50,000 unfortunately. https://iwightinvest.com/regeneration-prospectus/restoring-your-railway/ https://iwightinvest.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/RYR-SOBC-Executive-Summary.pdf
  15. Just received these, Brading has progressed but completion doesn't look imminent unfortunately. Brading by Chris, on Flickr Brading by Chris, on Flickr
  16. It's been quite the palaver, but in the next few days the pedestrian structure at Skew Bridge near lake will be lifted back into place - the post below details the night it was removed. Safe to say the access point for the road-rail crane is not one you'd expect... anyone know why it couldn't just trundle along the railway from Sandown (or Shanklin)? https://www.facebook.com/beaverbridges/posts/10151383295919986
  17. They are pretty much there now, still finishing off Brading but the ramps are nearly done and just needs lighting, fencing and surfacing to complete AFAICT. Anyway, big news today - 484001 has been towed through the tunnel by a unimog, both Up and Down lines apparently. Didn't venture onto the pier though. https://www.facebook.com/groups/355569249197459/permalink/509569960464053/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/355569249197459/permalink/509546340466415/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/355569249197459/permalink/509570217130694/
  18. It seems most stations are now more-or-less complete, Brading being the exception unfortunately. Lake by Chris, on Flickr Shanklin by Chris, on Flickr
  19. Interesting photo of 004 being moved to Sandown - confirms both signals on the Up line at Smallbrook have disappeared, surplus to requirements? https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=4369870343023514&set=a.192468694097054
  20. 484004 came over on the ferry yesterday, while today 007 was propelled at walking pace by a Unimog to Sandown - it's now being loaded ready for transport to Havenstreet: 483007 at Sandown by Chris, on Flickr 483007 and 484004 at Sandown by Chris, on Flickr
  21. AIUI only Shanklin is gaining any screens (Pier Head and Esplanade already have them) - one appeared late last year under the canopy next to the taxi rank. 002+003 did another return trip to Fareham last night, that surely bodes well?
  22. I was just remarking on the 'off peak season' - aside from Winter Sundays, evenings etc it's half-hourly all year round. Even when they aren't, without passenger information screens it would seem unwise to confuse people by putting Down trains in the Up platform.
  23. Progress, hopefully - 002 and 003 were back on the network last night doing more runs to Fareham so Network Rail must be happier, and they sound ok in Stuart's video below: https://www.facebook.com/groups/376349029705042/permalink/737316100274998/ Fingers crossed it went as hoped and there are more runs soon.
  24. I've seen the suggestion that permission would be gained from the signalman but it's not clear how this would work - the station is unstaffed and the foot crossing carries a reasonably well used footpath. They could re-route it but I've seen nothing mentioned so far. Are you sure? I was expecting trains to pass at Brading all year round.
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