THE fascinating history of the Isle of Wight Steam Railway has inspired a new installation at Ryde Pier Head.

Featuring iconic imagery and historic film footage, the display is aimed at visitors arriving on the Island.

Isle of Wight Steam Railway general manager Peter Vail said: "We have enjoyed an excellent working relationship with Wightlink over many years and we are grateful for this opportunity to work with them further and enhance the visitor experience at Ryde Pier Head.

"We are confident our display will provide a nice welcome for visitors and bring back happy memories for those who remember the days that trams ran on the pier."

Wightlink’s head of port operations Dean Murphy said: "As a key part of the Island’s transport links for nearly 150 years, the Pier Head is the perfect location for this exhibition.

"It provides visitors and commuters not only with an informative and relevant point of interest, it also highlights the work and activities of one of the Island’s leading visitor attractions."

In other news, the railway has been gifted an Island-built 1889 Pollard electric tram by the Isle of Wight Council.

It was last used to transport visitors up and down Ryde Pier and is now on display at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, Havenstreet.