Profile - Kevin Lewin

Kevin Lewin has had a lifelong interest in the Isle of Man Railway, encouraged from an early age by his grandfather who worked for the railway company. Living near Crosby Station on the Peel Line, Kevin is just old enough to remember travelling on the Peel & Ramsey Lines during 1967/68 when on family visits.

Becoming a member of the IOMSRSA in 1977, Kevin immediately joined the volunteer work parties at Douglas Station on Saturdays and also helped out in the IOMSRSA shop in the Booking Hall during school holidays. Upon nationalisation of the IMR in 1978, the work parties moved to other locations such as Port Soderick & Santon Stations.

Kevin was first elected to the IOMSRSA committee in 1981 and later became a Director. During the ensuing years, he has held the position of Vice-Chairman for a time and also Minute secretary for committee meetings.

When the Association began the restoration of the Groudle Glen Railway in 1982, Kevin was heavily involved with the scheme from the start. This commitment lasted for many years and, although no longer involved to such an extent due to other circumstances, he still volunteers at GGR on occasions.

Throughout his time on the IOMSRSA Board, Kevin has taken part in various ‘hands on’ jobs / projects including publicity leaflet drops, cosmetic restoration of No. 6 Peveril, assisting with engine shed / signal box tours and more recently being part of the team on the IOMSRSA publicity stand at the Warley National Model Railway Exhibition at the NEC, Birmingham. Kevin also wholeheartedly supports the Association's attempts to try and ensure as much of the Railway's historical infrastructure is retained as possible e.g. the ongoing project to have relevant structures placed on the IOM Protected Buildings Register.

Interested in all aspects of Manx transport, especially railways & shipping, he is involved with other IOM transport groups. Kevin is also a member of a number of UK & Irish railway societies.