Today Ryde pier is still a major gateway for passenger traffic to and from the Isle of Wight, with the Island Line train running from Ryde Pier Head station (at the end of the pier), via Ryde Esplanade down to the eastern side of the Island. The Wightlink catamaran runs regularly between Ryde and Portsmouth. It is possible to drive along the pier, and there is car parking on the large pier head.
Standard National Rail vehicle types cannot be used by Island Line Trains, due to the low ceiling of Ryde Tunnel. Instead, services are operated using Class 483 units, which are refurbished ex-London Underground tube trains originally built in 1938.
It is claimed that Paul McCartney said it was “a British Railways ticket to the town of Ryde on the Isle of Wight” that inspired the song Ticket to Ride.
Fuji HS20, processed in PSP.
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