Routes Featuring the Class 483 EMU
Isle of Wight
After the Flood
In 1999 heavy rainfall caused damage to the line stranding a four-car train at Shanklin over Christmas. It is December 27th and the water has subsided. Take a passenger train from Ryde, making usual stops on the way before rescuing the stranded train at Shanklin. Then return to Ryde with this unusual six-car train.
Island Line Day Rover: Part 1
Purchasing an Island Line Day Rover ticket gives passengers unlimited travel over the Island Line and the Steam Railway. After they have spent an afternoon enjoying the seafront, take a large group of tourists on a trip to Shanklin before letting them alight at Smallbrook where they will use their tickets to join the Steam Railway in part 2. This scenario will not penalise you for deviating from the timetable in general but you must arrive at Smallbrook before the steam train departs.
Isle of "White"
It has been snowing for days in a cold snap. The island is covered in snow and it shows no sign of letting up. Things have been running smoothly so far but problems could be just around the corner.
Let the Music Play On
It is the first day of a major music festival as well as high season so many people are riding the Island Line today. Drive a four-car service, typical for this time of year, on a round-trip of the line on this blistering June afternoon.
Looking After Number One
There is essential maintenance being performed on track one between Ryde Pier Head and Ryde St Johns Road meaning there is restricted use of the line. Use track two on this section for a typical December morning round trip of the line. Adherence to the timetable is critical for success.
Much Merriment and Cake
It is 2002 and the new Griffin’s Sidings at Havenstreet are being officially opened. Drive the W37 Invincible into the sidings for a ceremony before embarking on a round-trip of the line ending with a cake cutting at Havenstreet.
Today you are undergoing a performance review so the pressure is on to exactly hit your timetable. Drive a passenger service from Ryde Pier Head to Shanklin.
It is a typical October morning and you are driving the first service of the day out of Shanklin. Drive the whole line to Ryde Pier Head as the island wakes up. You do not have to stick to the timetable for success, but passengers must be picked up from each station except Smallbrook Junction.
It is Christmas Eve afternoon and the sun is already low in the sky. You are mid-way through a shift currently having just completed a stop at Brading. Continue your shift as the sun goes down, finishing at Smallbrook Junction where a special steam train will depart for a seasonal Santa Special. 30mins/Medium.
The British Rail Class 483 electrical multiple units were originally built as 1938 tube stock units for London Underground. They were extensively refurbished between 1989 and 1992 by Eastleigh Works, for use on services on the Isle of Wight's Island Line.
This was despite having already worked for nearly fifty years on the London Underground. The units replaced the even older and life-expired Class 485 and Class 486 units, which were introduced in 1967, but were originally built as 'Standard' stock units for the London Electric Railway in 1923.