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29.07.20

Rehome a SWR Island Line train

South Western Railway’s (SWR) 5 Class 483 trains, built in 1938 for the London Underground, have been serving the Isle of Wight since 1989.

But, as announced in September 2019, following a £26 investment to secure the future of Island Line, the current fleet is due to be switched for the Class 484 trains.

SWR is looking for new homes for the trains as soon as possible, to make room for the influx of the first Class 484s for testing this year.

SWR has already had numerous enquiries from perseveration groups, including the adjacent Isle of Wight Steam Railway.

Organisations interested in adopting a soon to be former Island Train will need to show the capacity and financial security to remove and look after the train, as well as an appropriate long-term physical location for the train.

They may also need to formulate a plan to manage potentially hazardous substance where these remain on the units, which will need to meet the satisfaction of the Office of Rail & Road and other statutory bodies.

The trains are also subject to a statutory Designation Notice following the decision of the Board of Trustees’ of the Science Museum on 4 March 2020. Prior to ownership transferring, SWR would need to ensure the future plans for some or all of the vehicles were acceptable to the Board of Trustees.

The trains are in varying states of repair, with two of them having been used largely for spares in recent years.

Mark Hopwood, Managing Director for South Western Railway said: “The Class 483 trains have been running for 82 years, serving passengers first on London Underground and most recently on the Isle of Wight.

“Despite their age our team at Ryde St John Depot has worked miracles keeping these trains going to provide a vital service for the island. With new trains arriving, now is the time for these trains to find new homes, for a well-deserved retirement.”.

If you’re interested in rehoming a train, click the link here.

Image: South Western Railway 

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