The track layout was again altered in Cowes Station in the 's Photo by John L. However this was short lived; improved bus services and the popularity of the motor car soon led to dwindling passenger numbers.
The remaining line between Cowes and Smallbrook Junction survived the initial wave of closures but with the end of steam on the horizon the reprieve was short lived with the line closing to passengers under the Beeching cuts in February Many of the islands other disused lines have now been given a new lease of life as public footpaths and cyclewaysthese include Newport - Sandown Perowne WayNewport - Cowes, Wootton - Newport and Brading - Bembridge.
This is dating isle of wight engine open and operated by ex-LT tube stock as the Island Line. Within 10 years this line was virtually bankrupt, In the Isle of Wight Central Railway was formed when the three companies amalgamated.
Because of its poor siting well away from the ferry terminal the station never attracted the expected traffic. Despite several proposals and a failed Bill the first railway didn't reach the Island until when the Cowes and Newport Railway opened their line between those two towns.
The Newport Godshill and St.
Smith Cowes station looking west from the footbridge c. The fourth platform face was used for goods traffic. The engine and carriage sheds shown on the earlier maps have been demolished. The Isle of Wight Central operated this dating isle of wight engine until ; it was then bought by the Central. Initial restoration took place at Newport Station but in the local council acquired the station for a new bypass for the town and the Society were required to remove their rolling stock at short notice.
As part of this scheme the Sadler 'Pacerailer' railbus was developed with a prototype vehicle in Vectrail livery undergoing trials at Droxford Station on the disused Meon Valley line in Hampshire.