Is­land trea­sures

Two of our largest is­lands of­fer the per­fect modelling for­mula – spec­tac­u­lar scenery and rarely mod­elled rail­ways and stock. Paul A. Lunn presents con­cepts for modelling the Isle of Man and the Isle of Wight.

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Paul A. Lunn presents con­cepts for modelling the Isle of Man and Isle of Wight.

Did you know that there are 187 pop­u­lated is­lands in the Bri­tish Isles? They come in all forms, shapes and sizes, and the in­flu­ence of Norse­men and Nor­mans is still ev­i­dent af­ter many hun­dreds of years. Rugged coast­lines, spec­tac­u­lar heights, re­mote land­scapes and pic­turesque towns and vil­lages, some of our is­lands are also com­ple­mented by the finest Vic­to­rian en­gi­neer­ing, leav­ing a legacy of fas­ci­nat­ing rail­ways and tramways. 2018 is a year of an­niver­saries for two clas­sic is­land net­works. The Isle of Man’s Manx Elec­tric Rail­way cel­e­brates its 125th birth­day this year but, for its near neigh­bour, 2018 marks the 50th an­niver­sary of the clo­sure of the lines to Peel and Ram­say. Over 300 miles to the south, the Isle of Wight’s ven­er­a­ble Class 483 EMUS cel­e­brate their 80th an­niver­sary this year. Over the next few is­sues, I’m go­ing to of­fer a se­lec­tion of lay­out ideas based on some of our most charis­matic is­land rail­ways. We start with both ‘Isles of…’: the Isle of Man and the Isle of Wight.

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