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The Isle of Wight Steam Railway (IWSR) has partnered with Wightlink to create a new installation at Ryde Pier Head.

As an important gateway to the Island, this is a key area to provide interest and information for FastCat passengers and visitors looking for inspiration.

The display has been curated by the team behind the popular IWSR and includes iconic imagery and a short film clip relaying the history of trams on the pier featuring some special historic footage.

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Peter Vail, General Manager of the Isle of Wight Steam Railway commented:

“We have enjoyed an excellent working relationship with Wightlink over many years and we are grateful for this opportunity to work with them further and enhance the visitor experience at Ryde Pier Head. We are confident our display will provide a nice welcome for new visitors to the Island and bring back happy memories for those who remember the days that trams ran on the pier.”

The display will be open at all times the Wightlink catamarans are operating and will be staffed by the Railway at busy times when visitors to the Island are arriving.

Wightlink’s Head of Port Operations Dean Murphy continues:

“As a key part of the Island’s transport links for nearly 150 years, the Pier Head is the perfect location for this exhibition. It provides visitors and commuters not only with an informative and relevant point of interest, it also highlights the work and activities of one of the Island’s leading visitor attractions.”

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This comes after the fantastic news that the 1889 Pollard Tram has been officially gifted to the Railway by the Isle of Wight Council. This unique Island-built electric tram was last used to transport visitors up and down Ryde Pier and is now on public display at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway.

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