At Fort Victoria, just outside Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight, we have an indoor model railway and shop which is open to the public most of the year. The railway has been at the Fort for the past fifteen years, but under new ownership for only five years. The layouts have been completely altered although the controls of the Continental trains are still by computer programme. A new British layout is under construction, and this will be run by an infra-red system.
The British and Continental trains weave their magic through villages, mountains, tunnels and factories, and rekindle many happy childhood memories for many of our visitors. There are working models, some operated by a push button system, whilst others are running all day. A circus and fairground, with working models, is an added attraction as it also has its own miniature railway.
Did you know that our trains running from Easter to October daily cover the equivalent distance from Portsmouth to Edinburgh? And on such small wheels!
The British layout is in the course of major construction which has proved to be of great interest as it shows just how much time and patience, not to mention imagination, are required in the minute detail to make the layout a ‘living and breathing’ operation. Many modellers will be interested to see the materials used for this construction.
Our major ambition is to have a model railway with working models showing a miniature world that is both fun and colourful. We would also like to feel that other modellers, particularly those just starting their layouts, would get some ideas and inspiration from our efforts.
WINTER OPENINGS: The railway will be closed from
Monday 22nd December until Monday 5th January.
Hours of opening will be from 11 to 3 for the shop only.
Some rebuidling and maintenance work will be in progress
ready for opening in mid-February for the half term.
Thank you for your support this year and we would
like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and New Year.
Any queries please phone 01983 754421
Any queries please phone 01983-761553 or 754421 or e-mail on email@example.com