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NEW HERITAGE EXHIBIT FOR STEAM RAILWAY

L-R: Nigel Bennett with Peter Vail and the new Havenstreet exhibit

L-R: Nigel Bennett with Peter Vail and the new Havenstreet exhibit
L-R: Nigel Bennett with Peter Vail and the new Havenstreet exhibit

The award winning and popular Isle of Wight Steam Railway at Havenstreet has unveiled a new exhibit for 2016 with the help of leading island family business HJ Bennett.

This latest exhibit sees a 1941 Bedford OMD Lorry from the HJ Bennett’s heritage fleet on display at the entrance to the Show Field, adding more to an increasingly popular area for visitors which already includes the T-Junction refreshment kiosk and Haven Falconry. The Show Field is also well known as the venue for a range of events throughout the year such as the Island Motor Show, 1940’s Experience and Island Steam Show.

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

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“When HJ Bennett first approached us with the idea we immediately saw the opportunity to enhance the visitor experience and work with a like-minded Island business that like us cares about the Islands heritage.”

As a registered educational charity the new exhibit also adds to the educational journey at the Steam Railway, reflecting more of the Islands proud transport heritage and further enhances ‘the story’ for visitors.

The lorry is in the well-known HJ Bennett Admiralty Grey livery and reflects the company’s original Bembridge 108 telephone number on the side. The vehicle was originally used by the RAF during WWII and subsequently acquired by HJ Bennett. In 2012 the vehicle underwent restoration as part of the companie’s heritage fleet.

Nigel Bennett adds:

“We are really pleased to have been able to work with Peter and his team on this new exhibit to bring more of the Islands proud transport heritage to Island residents and visitors to the Steam Railway.”

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