The perfect day out, a steam train and a Victorian postbox. The miniature sheet shows Locomotive Number 1 'Sutherland' at Douglas station. Built in 1873 it was, as the number indicates, the first train to run on the Isle of Man railways and was named after one of the directors, the Duke of Sutherland. Once there was about 50 miles of 3' narrow gauge track covering the island, but today only the southern line remains which runs from Douglas to Port Erin. 'Sutherland' after her working life remained in store, then was painted and put on display in Douglas and for the 125th Anniversary of the Isle of Man Steam Railway (which this sheet commemorates) was brought back into service. In 2013 she was once again put back into store pending a rebuild.
The railways proved a great attraction to the Victorian tourist and as the saying goes "build it and they will come"
2013 saw the Isle of Man issue stamps of railway posters to celebrate the 140th anniversary of the Steam Railway and 120th of the Electric Railway to Laxey and reminding us of the happy holidays people have had over the years on the island. I rather like the one that says "Breezy and Invigorating" as we have had a lot of those breezy and invigorating winds this winter.