Cafe plan for former Island Line train

Two former London Underground carriages that ran on the Isle of Wight could be turned into a cafe and museum. 

The carriages, built in 1938, were replaced by refurbished Class 484 Vivarail trains last year. Island retailer Holliers Park has now submitted a planning application to convert them for its site at Branstone. 

The vehicles, forming 483004, are sitting on a short section of track and have been stripped of their external paint. They would be restored to their original London Transport red. 

Holliers states it would create a 24-seat cafe with a small museum. Internal features such as brass plates would be retained as far as possible, it says. 

The application claims: “This scheme represents an interesting and unique opportunity to re-use these decommissioned Island Line train cars, retaining their historic interest for members of the public.”

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