Jurby Transport Museum
The Orchid Line, Curraghs
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
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.