Railways of the Isle of Man 2023
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July 2023
Jurby Transport Museum
The Orchid Line, Curraghs Wildlife Park
An evening trip from Douglas to Port Erin and back on the 'Pie and Mash' dining car train.
A Sunday morning visit to the Groudle Glen Railway.
'Fenella' on display at Peel and 'Caledonia' at Knockaloe. 
Part of the week long 'Year of the Railways 2023' events to celebrate 150 years of the Isle of Man Railway and 130 Years of the Manx Electric Railway.
'Fenella' was transported back to Douglas in the afternoon to participate in a special event train from Douglas to Port Erin and exhibition of locomotives at Port Erin.
Mainly pictures of diesel electric locomotive No 34, which was running a shuttle service between Laxey and the Dhoon Quarry.  No 34 was constructed between 1994 and 1996 as a replica of Snaefell Mountain Railway locomotive No 7 'Maria', used for conveying coal from Laxey up to the power station near The Bungalow.  Between 2003 and 2004 it was rebuilt into its present form with a diesel electric generator set for power and using the trucks off MER Car No 25.
There have been a huge number of events staged during the 2023 'Year of the Railways' and I only managed to attend a few of them.  On this day I was mainly hoping to catch freight trailer N0 26 in action for the first time in many years and also to view the NATS Wickham railcars on display at Laxey.
Sunday 30th July was the last day of the 'Year of the Railways' celebrations for this month (more in September!) and the Manx Electric Railway operated an intensive service in the morning, with cars departing every 15 minutes from Derby Castle.  I captured some of the action between Derby Castle and Port Jack.
On the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway there is a special event, not only is the double decker tram having one of its fairly rare excursions down the line, it's going to be pulled by a pair of horses today.  It's just a shame that the line still hasn't been reinstated to the Sea Terminal, as promised by the government and funded by Tynwald.  Apparently the money was 'redirected' to something else, although I don't think that it was ever debated in public, a rather questionable act of government.  Anyway,  I've started with a look around the rather nice modern tramway depot.  Since the railways took over running the line from Douglas Corporation, a lot of work has been carried out and the trams are in better condition than for many years.
All pictures on this website are  © Jon Wornham