An 02 tank at the Pier Head with her Westinghouse brake pump panting impatiently, waiting to take the holidaymaker to Sandown, Shanklin and Ventnor.
For the more intrepid traveller, such exotic locations as Yarmouth, Freshwater, Merstone Junction and Ventnor West beckoned.
Now that only a small stub remains of this once extensive network, Branch Line Video have brought together a unique collection of cine film, archive photographs, memories of railwaymen who worked the system during steam days as well as modern footage in order that you can relive some of that old magic.
Each of the lines, both open and closed, are explored in turn as we travel from Ryde Pier Head through to Ventnor, including a look at the Bembridge branch.
From Smallbrook Junction we take the line to Newport and Cowes, before a gentle meander takes us down the delightful route from Freshwater and Yarmouth.
On our return to Newport we follow the line to Merstone Junction in order to travel down the much-loved branch to Ventnor West, before finally covering the remaining section between Merstone and Sandown.
Using either cine film or archive photographs, each station is seen in its heyday and then compared with the scene today.
We have drawn together a collection of over 20 minutes of cine film, some of which dates from the 1920s and most of which has not been seen in public before.
The film is accompanied by a full commentary, giving the details and history of each line and is sure to rekindle the charm of the Island's railways in the viewers' heart.