A Unique Opportunity to Own an Original Painting of The Isle of Wight Steam Railway

There was a time when the Isle of Wight was blessed with some of the most picturesque railway journeys in the entire UK. From the hub of the railway network in Newport, most of the leading towns and many small villages were easily accessible by steam train, from Freshwater to Bembridge and from Cowes to Ventnor. The stations themselves were also noteworthy for their quaintness and the quality of their presentation and upkeep. But it was the routes themselves that explored the diversity of the Island landscape that made train travel on the Isle of Wight so special.

Sadly, almost all of these lines and branches have gone. Many were culled in the late 1950s and the remainder in the mid 1960s, leaving just a single line remaining between Ryde Pier and Shanklin, serviced by some rather obsolete London Underground stock that possess none of the romance of the steam engines that plied these routes in the heyday of steam. Just compare these sad photographs with the paintings of happier times here.


Map of The Isle of Wight Railway Network



Derelict Cowes Station


           
Derelict Ventnor Station

However, a small stretch of track has been reclaimed upon which steam trains still run, stretching in both directions from Havenstreet to Wootton and to Smallbrook, near Ryde. The Isle of Wight Steam Railway is one of the Island's greatest attractions and almost all of its locomotives and rolling stock once operated locally.

Many of the track beds remain, now used as cycle paths, and most of the station buildings themselves have survived, although many now stand forlornly in the middle of nowhere or surrounded by modern developments and housing estates. Yarmouth Station has recently re-opened as a restaurant, beautifully and lovingly restored, whilst others were unceremoniously demolished to make way for housing and industrial units.

Toward the end of the 1990's I embarked upon a series of four paintings that depicted some of the Isle of Wight's railway stations in their heyday. A limited edition print was produced of each one and the series was a huge success. This prompted a second batch of four to compliment the first and I have tried to continue the series as much as possible ever since.

There are still a few yet to be painted and these will follow in due course, but most of the major stations have been depicted already, as well as some of the more obscure - but no less important - aspects of the Island's steam heritage like Medina Wharf, for example, where thousands of tons of coal and commodities were landed from ships and barges on the River Medina.

Recently, one of the best collections of these paintings, the originals from which the popular prints have been made, have been offered for re-sale and it is my pleasure to present them here. All are beautifully framed and in excellent condition and any one of them would be a very worthwhile addition to any collection of Isle of Wight memorabilia. With the exception of Bembridge Station and Ryde Esplanade Station, which are framed in brown wood, all paintings are framed in gold, an example of which is shown below.

Despite their relatively small size, the level of detail in each painting is astonishing, inviting the viewer to look ever deeper into each image, as illustrated by these examples taken from Ventnor and Sandown.

  

Please note that prints from these original paintings are still available through this website (with the exception of Bembridge Station and Ryde Esplanade Station, which can be obtained via Framers in Union Street, Ryde) and new prints will be added as the last few stations are produced in my studio.

This really is a unique opportunity to buy one or more of these important paintings and remember - there is only ever one original.

Bembridge Station

The terminus of the branch line from Brading, Bembridge Station was considered one of the most picturesque on the Isle of Wight, situated as it was virtually on the beach of the harbour and was unusual in having a turntable in front of the buffer stops so that the locomotive could be turned before running around for the return journey.

Acrylics on watercolour paper, mounted and framed behind glass.
Size of painting: 45cm x 30cm. Overall framed size: 62cm x 48cm.

SOLD

Ventnor Station

The Ventnor terminus in 1964, viewed from the buffer stops, with No.20 "Shanklin" having just arrived from Ryde.

Acrylics on watercolour paper, mounted and framed behind glass.
Size of painting: 36cm x 25cm. Overall framed size: 56cm x 45cm.

£600.00

Ryde Esplanade Station

Having served with the FYNR, engine No.2 became part of the Southern Railway, operating on lines all over the Isle of Wight until being sold in 1949. She is seen here departing Ryde Esplanade with a train bound for Ventnor c1939.

Acrylics on watercolour paper, mounted and framed behind glass.
Size of painting: 45cm x 30cm. Overall framed size: 62cm x 48cm.

£600.00

Ryde Pier Head

A summer evening at Ryde Pier Head circa 1963 with No.28 "Ashey" departing for Cowes while No.24 "Calbourne" backs onto a Ventnor Train. A Drewry petrol tram has just departed for the Esplanade.

Acrylics on watercolour paper, mounted and framed behind glass.
Size of painting: 36cm x 25cm. Overall framed size: 56cm x 45cm.

£600.00

Cowes Station

The view from the footbridge of Cowes Station as an 0-2 class 0-4-4T arrives with a train from Newport in 1964.

Acrylics on watercolour paper, mounted and framed behind glass.
Size of painting: 34cm x 22cm. Overall framed size: 54cm x 42cm.

£600.00

St Lawrence Station

Motor gear-equipped 02 class 0-4-4T No 36 "Carisbrooke" approaches St Lawrence Station with a short train bound for Ventnor West.

Acrylics on watercolour paper, mounted and framed behind glass.
Size of painting: 34cm x 22cm. Overall framed size: 54cm x 42cm.

£600.00

Ventnor West Station

The terminus at Ventnor West with Terrier 0-6-0T No.13 facing the buffer stops prior to running round push-pull composite set No.484 in the early 1930s.

Acrylics on watercolour paper, mounted and framed behind glass.
Size of painting: 34cm x 22cm. Overall framed size: 54cm x 42cm.

£600.00

Whippingham Station

No 28 "Ashey", with Drummond boiler, pulls into Whippingham Station with a train bound for Ryde Pier Head in the late 1930s.

Acrylics on watercolour paper, mounted and framed behind glass.
Size of painting: 34cm x 22cm. Overall framed size: 54cm x 42cm.

£600.00

Down Train From St Lawrence

Resplendent in the Isle of Wight Central Railway's crimson livery, locomotive No.9 begins its journey along The Undercliff en route to Newport via Whitwell, Godshill and Merstone. Shown here around 1902, the Class A "Terrier" 0-6-0T No.9 started life as No. 75 "Blackwall" with the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway before being bought by the IWCR in 1898.

Acrylics on Board, framed.
Size of painting: 45cm x 30cm. Overall framed size: 62cm x 48cm.

SOLD

Brading Station

O2 class 0-4-4T No.19 "Osborne" arrives at Brading Station on a glorious Summer day in 1960 with a train bound for Ventnor.

Acrylics on watercolour paper, mounted and framed behind glass.
Size of painting: 31cm x 20cm. Overall framed size: 49cm x 38cm.

£600.00

Sandown Station

Bathed in afternoon sunshine, passengers wait on the platforms of Sandown Station for trains to Ventnor and from Ryde in the Summer of 1964.

Acrylics on watercolour paper, mounted and framed behind glass.
Size of painting: 31cm x 20cm. Overall framed size: 49cm x 38cm.

£600.00