Ryde depot

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Ryde St John's Road depot
Location
Location Ryde, Isle of Wight, England
Coordinates 50°43′26″N 1°09′23″W / 50.724°N 1.1565°W / 50.724; -1.1565Coordinates: 50°43′26″N 1°09′23″W / 50.724°N 1.1565°W / 50.724; -1.1565
OS grid SZ595920
Characteristics
Operator(s) Island Line Trains
Depot code(s) RY (1973-)[1]
Type EMU, Departmental
History
Former depot code(s)
  • 71F (1948-1954)
  • 70H(1954-1973)[1]

Ryde depot is a railway traction maintenance depot, situated in Ryde, Isle of Wight, to the east of Ryde St John's Road railway station.[2] The depot is operated by Island Line Trains, and is allocated Island Line Trains' fleet of British Rail Class 483s. The depot code is RY.[3]

Flood risk[edit]

A stream runs alongside the railway line at this point, and it has flooded parts of the depot on several occasions. The flood in January 1994 damaged two cars of Class 483 stock, while in 1998 trains had to be moved away from the depot to prevent damage. In October 2000, the flooding was extensive and not only damaged four Class 483 units but also washed away ballast at nearby Smallbrook, meaning Island Line Trains had to suspend their services for several days.[4]

History[edit]

Ryde engine shed in 1965, before it was converted for electric trains. The central pitched roof is in the background of the modern photo.

Before the Island Line was electrified, Ryde depot was home to maintenance works for steam locomotives running on the island's rail network. Steam locos still running on the island are now maintained at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway's works at Havenstreet.[5]

In 1987, the depot had an allocation of Classes 485 and 486 EMUs, as well as Class 97 departmental locomotives.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The all-time guide to UK Shed and Depot Codes" (PDF). TheRailwayCentre.com. 5 May 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 December 2013. Retrieved 27 August 2016. 
  2. ^ Webster, Greengrass & Greaves 1987, p. 68
  3. ^ Tony Booth (n.d.). "Depot, Works and Store Codes". AbRail Rail Databases. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  4. ^ Hardy 2003, p. 76
  5. ^ "Isle of Wight Steam Railway - motive". Archived from the original on 8 February 2009. Retrieved 31 March 2009. 
  6. ^ Marsden 1987, pp. 94-95

Sources[edit]

  • Hardy, Brian (2003). Tube Trains on the Isle of Wight. Harrow Weald, Middlesex: Capital Transport. ISBN 1-85414-276-3. 
  • Marsden, Colin J. (1987). BR Depots. Motive power recognition. 6. Ian Allan Ltd. ISBN 9780711017191. OCLC 18685680. 
  • Webster, Neil; Greengrass, Robert; Greaves, Simon (1987). British Rail Depot Directory. Metro Enterprises Ltd. ISBN 9780947773076. OCLC 20420397.