Isle of Wight railways
The railways of the Isle of Wight have always fascinated me. Not least because of the concentration of lines on a small island – three companies pre-1923 before they were amalgamated under the Southern Railway.
And the Isle of Wight was home to some wonderful rolling stock, being independent of the mainland, and all stock being imported by sea. Small tank engines, like the ex-LSWR O2 0-4-4 below, time expired carriages and goods stock, generally short trains, but with the emphasis on passenger workings for the tourist trade. What isn’t there to like? Even today, the remaining line from Ryde to Shanklin is operated by venerable ex-London Transport tube trains.
And even if you don’t model the Southern, the concept might be applied to any railway company and an imaginary offshore island. I believe this is how ‘Thomas’ and the ‘Isle of Sodor’ came about?
So to the…
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