Smallbrook Junction railway station

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Smallbrook Junction
Smallbrook Junction
Waiting for an Island Line train at Smallbrook Junction station.
Location
Place Ryde
Local authority Isle of Wight
Grid reference SZ596906
Operations
Station code SAB
Managed by Island Line Trains
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  3,087
2005/06 Increase2,716
2006/07 Increase2,965
2007/08 Increase4,363
2008/09 Increase9,672
2009/10 Increase10,170
2010/11 Increase11,472
History
Key dates Opened 20 July 1991 (20 July 1991)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Smallbrook Junction from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Smallbrook Junction railway station is a railway station on the Isle of Wight, England. It is unusual because it has no public access but exists purely to provide a connection between two rail systems.

Another similar station is Manulla Junction in County Mayo, Republic of Ireland - that however allows interchange between two national network rail routes, rather than between a network route and a heritage route.

History[edit]

The station was opened in 1991 when the Isle of Wight Steam Railway was extended to reach the Island Line, in order to provide a passenger interchange between the two. It is only served on days that both the Island Line and the Steam Railway are open, as there is no access either by path or by road.

Prior to 1991 there was no station on this site, but it was still an important railway junction. "Smallbrook Junction" is the historic name, long predating the station. Between 1875 and 1926 there were two separate lines here, independently run by the Isle of Wight Central Railway and the Isle of Wight Railway. In 1926, following the island's rail network passing to the Southern Railway, a signal box and turnouts were installed at Smallbrook. From then until 1966, the line was the Junction between the Ryde Pier Head to Ventnor and Ryde Pier Head to Newport Lines.[1] The junction has been featured in many photographs from the time.

If the Isle of Wight Steam Railway achieves its long term aim of extending to Ryde St. Johns Road, it is likely that Smallbrook Junction station would close.[citation needed]

Flooding[edit]

In October 2000, flooding near the station washed away much of the track ballast on the Island Line. Due to the dangerous state of the line, and the damage caused to trains by related flooding at Ryde depot, Island Line Trains had to suspend their services for several days.[2]

Similar events occurred in December 2013, closing the line for many weeks.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Brading   Island Line Trains
Island Line
  Ryde St John's Road
Heritage Railways  Heritage railways
Ashey   Isle of Wight Steam Railway   Terminus

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hardy, Brian (2003). Tube Trains on the Isle of Wight. Harrow Weald, Middlesex: Capital Transport. p. 9. ISBN 1-85414-276-3. 
  2. ^ Hardy, Tube Trains, p. 76

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Coordinates: 50°42′40″N 1°09′18″W / 50.711°N 1.155°W / 50.711; -1.155