W35 "Freshwater", Long Arch, 1st September 1964
O2 0-4-4T No. W35 "Freshwater" is working the daily goods from Medina Wharf to Ryde St. Johns, with the load looking like various types of coal wagons. The train has just passed under the Ashey Road bridge (known as the "Long Arch") as it heads towards Smallbrook Junction. In the right background is a life size horse and carriage that adorned the roof of the "Ponda Rosa" public house as a rather grandiose sign. The horse was carved from polystyrene and covered in fibreglass and was the work of Jack Whitehead, who lived locally. His main work was carving figureheads for ships, including the replica for HMS Warrior (together with Norman Gaches) now preserved in Portsmouth. Tuesday 1st September 1964. Slide No. 1023.