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Brading

Brading station was opened by the Isle of Wight Railway on 23rd August 1864 when the line from Ryde St John's to Shanklin was opened and, at one time, could boast three platforms and a bay for unloading goods traffic. The station's importance had grown significantly with the opening of the short branch to Bembridge in 1882. Originally on a section of single-track line, the passing loop was extended south to Sandown by the Southern Railway in 1927. The closure of the Bembridge line in 1953 signalled the beginning of the station's decline and following the introduction of ticket machines for Guards in 1969 the station buildings became unused. Threatened with demolition in the late 1980s, the station buildings managed to survive through the efforts of the Brading Town Council and the Brading Town Trust. The signalbox was closed from 28th October 1988 and the passing loop lifted, leaving just one platform in use and ending the line's 30-minute interval service. The Trust took on responsibility for the buildings and the Council applied for listed buildings status, something that was achieved in 1989. The Council subsequently carried out a lot of renovation work during 2005, restoring the platform building, which today hosts a railway heritage exhibition and visitor centre, to its original condition.
 
Brading The front of the renovated station buildings, seen here on 22nd September 2010.

photograph by Gregory Beecroft

 
The platform side of the main building and the renovated island platform building. No, that isn't a second line through the station, the rail is presumably there to contain the ballast.

photograph by Gregory Beecroft

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Brading Looking the other way through the station. The main platform on the right is used by Island Line electric trains. The far side of the island platform was used by trains on the short branch to Bembridge.

A locked gate prevents access to the footbridge from the up platform, which is the only one in use.

photograph by Gregory Beecroft

 
The restored signalbox, looking as if it is asleep, just awaiting the arrival of the Bobby to bring it back to life!

photograph by Gregory Beecroft

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