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photoblog image MONOCHROME MANIA - PART 2 #6

MONOCHROME MANIA - PART 2 #6

Isle of Man Victorian Steam Railway

Having visited the Isle of Man at least once a year, and sometimes more, from 1966 to 1975 for the motorcycle races how could I possibly not visit this delightful railway. It has quite a chequered history which can be found on Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isle_of_Man_Steam_Railway The remaining section runs from Douglas to Port Erin, a journey of some 15 miles, and is now run by the Manx Department of Transport.

It is an absolute delight and is only one of several old forms of transport still active in the island including horse trams and the Electric Railway.

(All of the pictures in this series were taken on B&W.film, developed and printed by me, and sometimes entered into Club competitions.  This is original monochrome work and the only digital bit is scanning the prints into Photoshop and preparing them for display here.)

MONOCHROME MANIA - PART 2 #6

Isle of Man Victorian Steam Railway

Having visited the Isle of Man at least once a year, and sometimes more, from 1966 to 1975 for the motorcycle races how could I possibly not visit this delightful railway. It has quite a chequered history which can be found on Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isle_of_Man_Steam_Railway The remaining section runs from Douglas to Port Erin, a journey of some 15 miles, and is now run by the Manx Department of Transport.

It is an absolute delight and is only one of several old forms of transport still active in the island including horse trams and the Electric Railway.

(All of the pictures in this series were taken on B&W.film, developed and printed by me, and sometimes entered into Club competitions.  This is original monochrome work and the only digital bit is scanning the prints into Photoshop and preparing them for display here.)

comments (12)

  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 16 Feb 2009, 01:24
I never in my life would have expected TRAINS on the Isle of Man, Brian, so I just got my education!!!
Brian Walbey: Not only are there Victorian trains Ginnie but a Victorian electric railway and mountain railway and horse drawn trams on the seafront, plus two tiny steam railways as well. Quite an enthusiasts destination to which I've been about 15 times.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 16 Feb 2009, 03:41
The place is famous for bike racing, l have to agree with ginnie never expected trains at all. Island must be much larger than l imagined
Brian Walbey: The Island isn't all that big Zed but it also has two electric railays, horse drawn trams and two smaller gauge stean railways as well.
Nice collage Brian. The IOM was one of those places we talked about going to and have never actually been!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Bill. I've been there about 15 times, mainly for the motorcycle racing but it is a lovely place to go if you like scenery and solitude. We even talked about retiring there at one time.
Superb collage Brian. Well done indeed!
I never realised there were trains on the Isle of Man. I only had the Tourist Trophy in mind!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard. There is this railway plus the electric coastal and mountain railways, horse drawn trams on Douglas prom, and two smaller gauge steam railways, quite a selection.
Presented really well Brian ... its needed staright lines and strong orders. richard
Brian Walbey: Thanks for your comment Richard.
  • Alan Rolfe
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 Feb 2009, 12:31
I've only been twice to the island.. 168 and 1969, I think. I had a feeling that the trains had finsihed by then and it was before the presentation era took over but i could be wrong. I can remember there were still tracks across to Peel. A lovely set of images, by the way.
Brian Walbey: Thanks for your comment Alan. Only the Douglas/Peel line is now open, run by the Government, but the electric coastal railway and the mountain railway are still going strong, plus of course the horse trams.
A great set of pic's Brian...and the infomation on it all..very informative. Well done. I have something similar following in a few days time.
Brian Walbey: Thnks Ron, I shall look out for your offering in a few days time.
  • Harv
  • United Kingdom
  • 16 Feb 2009, 17:39
You've left us with some real treats here Brian - they look like super sharp shots.
Brian Walbey: Thanks for your comment Harv.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 16 Feb 2009, 20:33
Brian, your post is again a joy to the eye and thank you so much for the education, Ginnie and I love train rides....we even are making plans for places to visit by train.....wink
Brian Walbey: Thanks Astrid, living where you do Europe is yours for the taking with the great train network you can reach easily.
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 16 Feb 2009, 23:20
Lovely collage of these beautiful old trains Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks for your comment Aussie.
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 16 Feb 2009, 23:57
That's a really nice group of pictures, they'd go well on a postcard
Brian Walbey: THanks for your comment Ellie. We've got a postcard competition coming up at my Camera Club, thanks for the suggestion, I might use this for that occasion.
The grand little trains of the Isle of Man, nice presentation Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks for your comment Les.

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