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.
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.