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Class 483

483006 483006 forming the 10:13am Shanklin to Ryde Pier Head seen at Ryde Esplanade on 12th June 1999.

photograph by Michael Taylor

 
483007 seen at Ryde Esplanade on 12th June 1999 forming the 10:44am departure to Shanklin.

photograph by Michael Taylor

483007
 
When the electric trains were first introduced to the Island there were concerns that the stock would suffer whilst on Ryde Pier from the effects of the sea spray and water. In the event it soon became apparent that the conductor rail was far more sensitive than the trains and would usually trip out, suspending services, before the sea got any where near the traction equipment! These units were, however, fitted with a metal splash guard under the traction resistance grids to deflect any spray coming from underneath due to a rogue wave. Following on from corrosion problems with the earlier class 485 units one of the requirements of the class 483 refurbishment at Eastleigh was to ensure effective modern corrosion prevention coatings were applied to protect the steel. Recent inspection of a number of units suggests that by and large it appears to have been very effective.
 
483006 Now in the "Dinosaur" livery, 006 waits at Shanklin for it's 2:17pm return trip to Ryde Pier on 24th January 2003.

photograph by Paul Ferbrache

 
Unit 006 again, leaving Ryde Pier on 24th January 2003 with the 2:45pm service to Shanklin.

photograph by Paul Ferbrache

483006
 
483009 No doubt in an attempt to lure more visitors to the line, 483009 now been repainted into the old London Transport livery (plus yellow warning panels). It is seen here standing outside the workshop at Ryde St John's Road on 6th July 2004.

photograph by Paul Ferbrache

 
The interior of unit 483004, taken on 6th July 2004....

photograph by Paul Ferbrache

483004 Interior
 
483004 Driver's Cab .....and the driver's cab of 483004.

photograph by Paul Ferbrache

 
Text from Mark Brinton

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