An introduction by Mike Buttell
The Isle of Man has gained popularity rapidly over the past few years for modellers since the introduction of ready to run locomotives and rolling stock, and an expanding range of kits.
The Islands rail system had its terminus at the capital Douglas, and lines ran out to Peel in the west, Ramsey in the north and Port Erin in the south . Additionally a short branch connected the mining village of Foxdale .2-4-0T Locomotives were supplied by Beyer Peacock & Co for the most part, although the Dubs 0-6-0 “Caledonia” has attained near legendary status, and Sharp Stewart supplied a couple of 2-4-0T locomotives to the Manx Northern Railway. These days only the 15 or so miles from Douglas to Port Erin survive, operating services or tourists and locals alike for the most part of the year.
Our modellers group is over 60 members strong, some playing a more active part than others on site.
We boast a mix of track powered and live steam members, scratch builders and those happy to run “off the shelf” models. Members have access to an ever growing collection of photographs posted with modelling in mind on our satellite site, there is also a shop of sorts in the warehouse section.
The Station Bar provides a meeting place, where news and views can be traded over a virtual pint or several. Conversations can wander wildly from the meaning of wagon tare weights to ecumenical matters, the Landlord keeps a watchful eye on matters!
The general site is viewable by all, but the members area is kept separate and can only be accessed by group members whilst signed in.
We can be found at https://sites.google.com/site/iom15milgroup/home and for further information on joining us please e-mail railwayman at manx dot net