Isle of Man by Rail
A photographic compilation from the late 1990's


The Isle of Man is great for a family holiday
This is Douglas harbour



And this is Douglas station



As number 12 departs for Port Erin



The first station is Port Soderick



Santon next
Timeless Isle of Man

Two more Santon views



As numbers 10 and 11 pull away



Ballasalla, where many trains cross



And Castletown station, amazing with its gravel platform and a canopy of trees



Ballabeg, truly an Isle of Man gem



And Port St. Mary as number 1 leads the way



Bobby was the stationmaster here for many years, operating his gates and manning the ticket cabin by his crossing



Port Erin station with number 10 and Manx Northern loco Caledonia



Port Erin based engines, in this case number 4, face towards Douglas



Port Erin is a superb terminus to this really friendly railway



Another Port Erin scene



The main shed is at Douglas



And it is sometimes possible to look around



Today, at the back of the shed, is number 9



And sometimes there are evening line ups as, nearest the camera, number 6 has a rare outing



But in Douglas no family holiday is complete without hailing a horse tram



All impressively relaxed as fares are collected from the running board on busy Douglas Prom



At Derby Castle both horse and driver's change ends



The stable are nearby



And here, once again, one can sometimes look around



A lot happens at Deby Castle and it is here that the Manx Electric Railway also has its base



The trams between Douglas and Ramsay are amazing



But riding the toastrack trailers is best of all



The cliffs between Laxey and Dhoon Glen are unbelievable and a world class railway "must do"



Groudle Glen now, as the crew of the illuminated car change ends



And here, if you are lucky, the Groudle Glen Railway will be operating



For a ride to the cliffs at Sea Lion Cove



But the connecting station everybody seeks is Laxey



For from Laxey mountain trams climb to the summit of Snaefell



With amazing views all the way



Spectacular indeed!



Back in Laxey there is always something happening



Here the Laxey Stationmaster controls the movements of 1 and 2
These trams, from 1893, are the oldest working tramcars in the world



As we conclude with a pint of Okells at the pub by Laxey Station


The Isle of Man offers so much



But all these pictures are from a generation ago and some things have changed.

A big loss for the north, for example, was the closure of the Ramsey Joke Shop
Assistance should be given to re-estblish this legendary attraction
In conjunction with a museum perhaps?


A few pubs have gone too, The Groudle Glen Hotel is unfortunately one
The Bay View Hotel, Port St. Mary is, even more sadly, another
This was a great place for a family holiday

But much on the Isle of Man is still there to be enjoyed
Particularlarly if you're five!

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