U.K. stay: The Island Line

The Island Line on the Isle of Wight is part of the British National Rail Network, but is also the retirement home for superannuated tube trains. It runs from Ryde Pier head, where trains meet the ferries from the mainland, through Ryde Esplanade, where trains meet hovercraft crossing from Southsea, to Shanklin, a holiday resort. One of the trains on the line (007, but it does NOT have a "James Bond" name) has been restored almost to 1938 decor.

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Island Line train at Ryde Pierhead, Isle of Wight
Photo P9040008 on 2004-09-04
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Island Line train entering tunnel at Ryde Esplanade
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Most trains on the line have a livery with a dinosaur motif (seen at Ryde Pierhead)
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Island Line train in London Transport livery approaching.
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Isle of WIght ferry heading into Portsmouth (seen from Southsea hovecraft terminal). The Isle of Wight itself is in the background.
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Island Line train in London Transport livery (except for mandatory yellow ends) approaching Smallbrook Junction station.
Photo P9040028 on 2004-09-04
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Hovercraft at Ryde Esplanade
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Isle of WIght trip: Island Line train in London Transport livery (1938 stock)
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Ryde Esplanade station
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Island Line train in London Transport livery (1938 stock)
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A train at entering Ryde Esplanade station, coming from Ryde Pierhead
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Island Line train in London Transport livery (1938 stock) at Shanklin.
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Flower beds alongside the tracks, Ryde Esplanade, looking in opposite direction to previous photo
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Shanklin station (the terminus) on Island Line
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Island Line train crossing to double-track section, at Ryde Esplanade
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