Brading Heritage Centre
Brading Town Council are very disappointed that the Station Heritage Centre has been unable to open due to Covid-19 and works to the Islandline railway.
Although the trains are now running, the Heritage Centre remains closed. A working party is to be formed to decide the future of the Station.
The refurbishment of Brading Signal Box is now complete.
Brading Town Council lease the Signal Box along with the main railway station building and one of the waiting rooms on Platform 2 from South West Railway, who generously gave us a considerable grant towards the cost of renovating the signal box.
The Railway Trust were also very generous and contributed towards the replacement of the roof and guttering and the design and placement of the new windows. They also donated a further grant towards the cost of replacing the wooden staircase, which was found to be in a very bad condition with rot apparent throughout.
One of our Volunteers, George Wheeler, also generously donated a considerable sum of money to help with the cost of the replacement staircase.
We are very proud to announce that the Isle of Wight Society recently voted Brading Town Council as the best Community Restoration Project.
Their Award Scheme is for the recognition of good building work that contributes to the character of the Island. Among other things, it also encourages a high standard of conservation of buildings in their settings.
Thanks go to project manager Linda Allen (Town Clerk), who worked hard to overcome the difficulties presented by the current works and John Rand for his invaluable advice.
We received our award at a presentation evening held in September.
The main contractors, G M Allen, also received an award for their excellent work.
Signal Box Tours
Unfortunately, Brading Signal Box tours are currently suspended.
Volunteers are always welcome to help with:
Railway Heritage Centre
Signal Box Tours (group bookings available)