Class 484 Deliveries
The ageing class 483s are to be replaced this year, when service recommences on 1st November 2021. Since January 2021, the line has been shut whilst upgrade work takes place to prepare the line for the new class 484 units.
Below, SouthernRailwaysFan shares some photos of the new Class 484 units.
There are 5 units destined for the Island Line, and these are all converted from the driving motor cars of D stock trains, previously used on the London Underground. Below you can find when each unit was delivered to the Isle of Wight railway, and each of the vehicles which make up the 2 car trains.
Class 484 units have been arriving at Eastleigh by road where they moved into the depot. Overnight testing has been taking place between Eastleigh and Fareham, for driver training and testing. Upon completion of any testing and commissioning required, the units will be moved to Sandown (using ferry and road) where they are loaded onto the rails and moved to the depot at Ryde.
Skipsey Trains captures the arrival of the first 484 onto the Island Line metals:
We look forward to travelling on these new trains once COVID 19 is out of the way.