Salisbury to Portsmouth was c/o a class 165/166 combo of FIVE cars.
Here is fbb's train upon arrival at Portsmouth Harbour.
Up on-screen popped something that fbb had not been made aware of.
The track layout does not allow a 30 minute frequency.
One of First's commitments when it won the franchise was to come up with a plan for the future of Island line. One persistent rumour is that Vivarail's re-fettled "surface line" London trains (Class 230) are the preferred solution, operating on battery or "hybrid" power.
Pictures exist of one of the trains creeping through the tunnel with a chunk of 230 sized plywood tacked to the front - so they have tried!
It would appear that the line has other problems.
The line is heavily subsidised but there have been a number of policy statements assuring Islanders that their dinky little line will remain in place.
Nevertheless, there are some big decisions to be made very soon. One major breakdown an things would be grim for the service.
The fbbs will be back on the Island in December, but this time their journey will be by car for various logistic reasons. Maybe they will get a ride on the new car ferry, Victoria of Wight.
There is more to come from Roys photo album tomorrow amongst a variety of reports, but this Island blog must end with a place mat from the White Hart at Havenstreet.