The latest in a line of new Island Line rolling stock has arrived on the Island today (Tuesday), marking another step in the delivery of the £26million pound investment in the railway.
The Class 484s will operate between Ryde Pier Head and Shanklin and replace the ageing 1938 former underground stock, which have been operating up and down the 8.5-mile track for the past 30 years.
The new trains are in fact 42-years-old and previously operated on London’s District line but have been completely overhauled by Warwickshire-based Vivarail and run on bogies from the 2000s. They are effectively brand new trains and will include free on-board WiFi, charging sockets, and wheelchair spaces.
The first new trains arrived via low loader in November of last year, as previously reported by Island Echo.
It comes as the major network upgrade on the line between Ryde and Shanklin has been delayed once again, with trains now not expected to run until later this Summer with no fixed date given. South Western Railway says that it aims to recommence train services ‘later in the Summer season’ – which could mean the scheme will overrun by as much as 4 months, if not longer.
Youtuber Christopher Allwood captured on camera the moment the trains arrived at Wightlink’s Portsmouth Gunwharf terminal this afternoon.