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Newport, Godshill and St. Lawrence Railway

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of 12 Old Jewry Chambers, London

Formed as the Shanklin and Chale Railway to run the six miles between the towns.

1889 The name was changed from the Shanklin and Chale Railway, as incorporated, to the Newport, Godshill and St. Lawrence Railway.

The original scheme was abandoned and it reappeared under the new name as a 6.75 mile route between Merstone and Ventnor. [1]

1897 The first section of line, about 5 miles of 7, was opened for traffic on July 20th.

1900 The remainder of the line was opened in June 1900 to Ventnor West.

1908 The line is worked by the Isle of Wight Central Railway. [2]

1913 the company went bust and was absorbed by the Isle of Wight Central Railway (IoWCR).


Sources of Information

  1. Encyclopedia of British Railway Companies by Christopher Awdry. Published 1990
  2. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908