The Railway introduced its annual October half term Wizard Week in 2006 when the popularity of Halloween themed events was just beginning to grow. What was a fairly low key activity has grown and developed into a major event enjoyed by families from both the Island and mainland.
The Railway’s General Manager, Peter Vail said:
“Every year this event just gets bigger and better. Visitor numbers this year have broken all records and the positive feedback has been most encouraging.”
For the third year the Railway ran an evening ‘Train of Fright’ on Saturday evening. With the benefit of previous year’s feedback new experiences were added and the visitor flow improved. Whilst the train ride was the highlight, other activities included a ‘Zombie Maze’ and a ‘Haunted Woodland Forest’ walk. A number of years ago the Steam Railway teamed up with the Island-based Myths
Investigations who have carried out a series of paranormal studies at the Havenstreet site. Their team invited visitors to the ‘Terrifying Train Story’ to explain some of the spooky goings on.
Paul Gerfen, the founder of Myths Investigations said:
“Working with the Isle of Wight Steam Railway has been a great opportunity for our team to work in a unique environment. Using the latest techniques and cutting edge equipment we have discovered many goings on that connect with the Railway’s history.”