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    Class 484 to replace class 483 on the island line

    That's unlikely to be honest, reliability wasn't really an issue before 2019 when 004 was withdrawn before they could finish 007 - back then any issues were usually infrastructure related, if anything the power supply was probably a bigger concern. SWT *did* look at the Piccadilly 73TS some...
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    Class 484 to replace class 483 on the island line

    The future of Island Line was far from clear back then, with years of speculation (fuelled in part by the local MP) advocating radical change; removing it from the franchise system, setting up a community interest company, converting to light rail, batteries, hydrogen, flywheels, blah blah...
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    Class 484 to replace class 483 on the island line

    Rationalisation would make a lot of sense but it seems SWR are leaving the existing infrastructure largely as-is. A little surprising but SWR only lease the operational infrastructure, so the savings for South Western could struggle to justify the upfront cost. One wonders if a Network Rail-led...
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    Island Line trip

    Not really a surprise, the Catamarans weren't running!
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    Class 484 to replace class 483 on the island line

    Should be fine, steam locos and even a class 33 have been through the new arrangements at Gunwharf/Fishbourne.
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    Class 484 to replace class 483 on the island line

    Another increasingly popular myth I'm afraid. 03079 with it's original (12ft+) cab was squeezed through the tunnel both ways on its arrival back in '84 - that wasn't possible with the bridges carrying Smallbrook Lane and Rink Road so both shunters had their cabs cut down at Ryde. This is...
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    Class 484 to replace class 483 on the island line

    Ah yes, they must have put this online very recently - the SWR website now has closures down for the 15th/16th and 22nd/23rd: https://www.southwesternrailway.com/plan-my-journey/planned-improvements/august-2020-works
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    Class 484 to replace class 483 on the island line

    They fit through the tunnel, the principal gauging issue is Smallbrook Lane overbridge - it was reported some weekend closures were needed this summer but no sign of them yet.
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    Class 484 to replace class 483 on the island line

    484s/D78s are significantly taller than 'deep tube' stock like the 483s, though not quite as tall (or long) as typical mainline stock - hence their suitability.
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    London Transport Traction Group; Project 483

    Quite possibly, alas it's hard to look at EMU preservation and see how a 483 would attract the funding and interest that conventional units with mainland and mainline pedigree struggle with so badly.
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    London Transport Traction Group; Project 483

    Indeed, but sadly aside from MLVs there are few (any?) EMUs in preservation that have an on-board power source either - presumably due to the cost and the absence of sustainable, regular use to justify it.
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    London Transport Traction Group; Project 483

    SWR making it clear that only credible bids will be welcome: https://www.southwesternrailway.com/other/news-and-media/news/2020/july/after-more-than-80-years-of-service-island-lines-trains-ready-to-retire
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    Why are buses on the Isle of Wight so good compared to other rural parts of the UK?

    Maybe true once, but sadly the IoW remains severely affected by local authority spending cuts; it's been many years now since the council could afford anything but the bare minimum of bus subsidies or public transport generally, one reason why Island Line traffic fell incidentally.
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    Snailbeach District Railway Mystery

    I can't recall the exact details but the whole thing proved to be an elaborate fantasy - it started off sounding reasonably plausible but the whole thing became increasingly bizarre and fractious when their claims started to be questioned and it all fell apart. A very odd affair which mostly...
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    Ryde Hoverport with break of journey

    You currently have to pre-book Steam Railway tickets if your joining at Smallbrook (or Wootton) due to Covid-19, so unlimited travel won't be possible unfortunately.

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