The Last Time

Author/Source: 

Tom Harrison

Editors Notes: 

For the last time - at least for a while - the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, a railway which had a highly successful year in 2018, sported two of William Stroudley's charismatic little "Terrier" class A1X tanks as no W8 "Freshwater" would be withdrawn after the last train on 5th August for a 10 year boiler overhaul. Looking as if it had just been put back into traffic rather than being about to be taken out of it, the little engine is seen in the company of its sister no W11 (nameless at present) and then alone at Ashey and departing from Havenstreet on its final working day. This engine has had one of the most varied careers of any British locomotive, being owned by the LBSCR, the LSWR, the Freshwater & Yarmouth Railway, the Southern Railway and BR before becoming a pub sign and, eventually, a working engine once again on The Island!

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