Sandown railway station

Sandown railway station

Infobox UK station
name = Sandown

manager = Island Line Trains
gridref =
locale = Sandown
platforms = 2
code = SAN
borough = Isle of Wight
usage0405 = 0.243
usage0506 = 0.254
usage0607 = 0.265
start = 23 August 1864

Sandown railway station is a railway station serving Sandown on the Isle of Wight. It is located on the Island Line from Ryde to Shanklin.


Sandown station is presently a double platform-faced through station. However, from the mid 19th until the mid 20th century it was a junction station, also served by trains to and from Horringford , Merstone, Newport and Cowes. These lines were originally run by separate companies, the Isle of Wight Railway (Ryde-Ventnor) and the Isle of Wight Central Railway (Newport-Sandown).The adjacent land formerly occupied by coal-yards is now a housing estate and the former Terminus Hotel pub opposite has long been a private house.The line from Ryde to Shanklin was constructed between 1862 and 1864, and opened to passenger traffic on 23 August 1864 [cite book
title = The Isle of Wight Railway
author = R.J. Maycock and R. Silsbury
publisher = The Oakwood Press
year = 1999
pages = 25-29
id = ISBN 0-85361-544-6
] . The original station building was extended between 1870 and 1871 through the addition of a two-storey extension to act as station offices. [cite book
title = The Isle of Wight Railway
author = R.J. Maycock and R. Silsbury
publisher = The Oakwood Press
year = 1999
pages = 45
id = ISBN 0-85361-544-6

In 1923, with the Grouping, came the formation of the Southern Railway. This was to mean that all the railway services on the Island were now under one management. This brought considerable modernisation, but did not initially affect the services offered, although eventually the line from Ryde gained a more frequent service whilst the Merstone line declined. One particular feature of the Merstone line was the School Train, which was subsidised by the local authority, and for a significant time meant that the line remained viable. When the line was closed, children from outlying villages going to the Sandown Schools were then transported by bus, the current situation.


The present level of service is normally 2 trains per hour (tph) each way, which must pass at Sandown. However, due to the reduced trackwork at Brading, the frequency does not produce a predictable 30-minute service. Instead, in common with the rest of Island Line, trains run separated by a 20 or 40 minute gap.

This generally means that every hour, trains will pass at Sandown once. A journey from Sandown to Shanklin generally takes 6 minutes (although the published timetable allows 7), with a bus connection to Ventnor adding another 20 minutes. Trains to Ryde take about 10 minutes (to St. John's Road) or just under 20 minutes (to Ryde Pier Head).



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