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With the 2013 season well underway, the Isle of Wight Steam Railway has announced another interesting and ambitious programme of special events, activities and shows to run alongside this year’s busy schedule of steam train services.

During 2013 the Steam Railway is running trains on some 210 days and, in a move to continue to widen its appeal and attract new visitors, there will also be over 25 Special Events, large and small, spread acros
s the year. From high falls and action stunts to world class jazz musicians, and from Land Army girls to fine wines, the aim is to present a wide range of activities and events to entertain and interest Islanders and holiday-makers of all ages.

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Railway Chairman, Steve Oates said: “Our events programme adds a lot of extra interest for visitors to the Island and offers an extra choice for Islanders looking for something different to do.

steamrailwayashey“Last year we saw an increase in visitor numbers at many of our events, indicating that there is a real thirst for a varied and attractive programme of high quality events. So this year we’re staging even more! We’ve also been really encouraged by our early-season activity with our ‘Easter Fun’ event and ‘Kids Go FREE’ offer over the recent Easter Holiday, which attracted a 7% increase in visitor numbers compared to last year!”

Among the key events for 2013 will be a new event for families as The Railway Folk ‘take-over’ the running of Havenstreet Station for three fun-filled days in July. In August the thrilling ‘Reel Stunts in Action’ high-falls and stunt team take to the stage at the Island Steam Show, while two historic locomotives mark their return to steam at our Autumn Gala in October. The programme of Special Events kicks off with the 8th IW Real Ale Festival over the May Bank Holiday weekend, an antiques fayre and ‘Walk the Line’ in mid-May and the Festival of Transport at the end of the month.

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