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EMU 041 1972c Ryde Esplanade

EMU 041 1972c Ryde Esplanade

Illustrating the rather strange layout of the station, the girders to the right leading to the short platforms used to have rails attached, perhaps they were for parcels traffic in steam days. I am also not sure what the red disk on the EMU signified.

Keith Morris provides the answers "The girders formerly supported the Ryde tramway which connected the Pier to the Esplanade. The Isle of Wight Steam Rly has just restored one of the surviving tramcars. The red tail disc was in addition to the tail lamp - was used on IOW steam services too".

Simon James adds "Whilst Keith is correct about the Pier Tramway in the foreground, which incidentally used to run through the streets to St. John's Road, the start of the curve of this is on the left hand track bed. The red disc on EMUs was only used on the pre 1923 'Mole Trains' on the Island, they discs themselves began life as Steam loco route discs, their use as tail lamp discs was one of the oddities of the electrified Island railway and was in effect a 'train complete' indicator to save the trains carrying an oil lamp as was then required on the mainland. The Mole trains did not have battery operated tail lamps".