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Ryde Motive Power Depot

After the railways of the Isle of Wight had merged into one with the formation of the Southern Railway the locomotive servicing and repair facilities were centred on Ryde St John’s Road where the premises were either side of the station. On the west side of the station was a two road engine shed with two other roads alongside whilst on the east side were the C.M.E’s sidings consisting of a three road shed plus four other sidings, the first and fourth of which ran into another, smaller, shed alongside the main one.

 

Ryde MPD

Five O2 Class engines and the engine shed. From left is Nº2 road with the loco being cleaned, Nº3 and Nº4 roads leading inside the shed and, on the far right, the stores road.

photograph by Keith Harwood

 

Ryde MPD

O2 Class NºW26 Whitwell waiting outside the shed for the next duty on 3rd September 1961.

photograph by Chris Knowles-Thomas

 

Ryde engine shed

O2 Class NºW30 Shorwell is at the front of the queue of O2s standing in Nº3 road. As can be seen, the shed was quite deep and more than capable of holding eight engines.

photograph by Keith Harwood

 

Ryde MPD

Here O2 Class NºW29 Alverstone is taking water in Nº2 road. Nº1 road ran away to the left of this view at an angle of about 45° from this road.

photograph by Keith Harwood

 

Ryde MPD

A general view of Ryde MPD on 13th February 1966, with W29 Alverstone on the right.

photograph by Keith Harwood

 

Ashey

O2 Class NºW28 Ashey simmering in the sunshine outside the shed!.

photograph: Mike Morant collection

 

Ryde MPD

O2 Class NºW27 Merstone has just moved forward from the coaling stage at Ryde MPD and is ready to take a train to Ventnor. The date is 13th February 1966.

photograph by Keith Harwood

 

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