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photoblog image Ready To Depart -  Manx Wheels

Ready To Depart - Manx Wheels

The Manx Electric Railway is an electric inter-urban tramway connecting Douglas, Laxey and Ramsey in the Isle of Man.  It connects with the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway at its southern terminus at Derby Castle at the northern end of the promenade in Douglas, and with the Snaefell Mountain Railway at Laxey.  The railway's route is undulating and passes through areas of scenic beauty.  For that reason, among others, many holiday visitors to the Isle of Man take an excursion on one of the trams.

 

Car 25, seen here at Laxey, was in the sixth batch of tramcars delivered.  These open cars were purchased from G.F. Milnes & Co., in 1898 and only No. 24 has been lost, and this was in the 1930 fire at Laxey.  Of those remaining, car 25 was stripped of her trucks and motors in 2003 and these have since been fitted to the "new" dedicated works car, now known as car 34.  Also, car 26 has been out of service for many years, and 27 is a permanent way "hack" having more recently received a striped yellow and black paint scene to her dash panels, and prior to this a somewhat makeshift windscreen.


Scanned on my recently purchased Plustek OpticFilm 7600i from a 1970/80's slide, processed in CS3 and Topaz.  6/10

 

Very many thanks for all the comments you left on my images last week whilst we were away holidaying in Whitby, they were very much appreciated, I'm sorry that I can't spare the time to answer every one individually but they have all been read, now I must start editing the best of the 600+ images I took whilst I was away.

Ready To Depart - Manx Wheels

The Manx Electric Railway is an electric inter-urban tramway connecting Douglas, Laxey and Ramsey in the Isle of Man.  It connects with the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway at its southern terminus at Derby Castle at the northern end of the promenade in Douglas, and with the Snaefell Mountain Railway at Laxey.  The railway's route is undulating and passes through areas of scenic beauty.  For that reason, among others, many holiday visitors to the Isle of Man take an excursion on one of the trams.

 

Car 25, seen here at Laxey, was in the sixth batch of tramcars delivered.  These open cars were purchased from G.F. Milnes & Co., in 1898 and only No. 24 has been lost, and this was in the 1930 fire at Laxey.  Of those remaining, car 25 was stripped of her trucks and motors in 2003 and these have since been fitted to the "new" dedicated works car, now known as car 34.  Also, car 26 has been out of service for many years, and 27 is a permanent way "hack" having more recently received a striped yellow and black paint scene to her dash panels, and prior to this a somewhat makeshift windscreen.


Scanned on my recently purchased Plustek OpticFilm 7600i from a 1970/80's slide, processed in CS3 and Topaz.  6/10

 

Very many thanks for all the comments you left on my images last week whilst we were away holidaying in Whitby, they were very much appreciated, I'm sorry that I can't spare the time to answer every one individually but they have all been read, now I must start editing the best of the 600+ images I took whilst I was away.

comments (17)

  • Ray
  • Manila, Philippines
  • 16 May 2011, 00:10
She's a fine-looking tramcar, Brian.
Brian Walbey: yes indeed and one of quite a large fleet Ray.
  • SAVO
  • United Kingdom
  • 16 May 2011, 01:08
Interesting read. well captured,...good luck with the editing
Brian Walbey: Many thanks Savo.
I'd love to take a ride on the Manx Electric Railway, Brian. Where do I purchase my ticket?
Brian Walbey: Just take a long flight to London, then an internal flight to the Isle of Man, and a taxi to the station Beverly, it's as simple as that smile
Great shot of this old tram Brian....if it wasn't so flat there it could have been in San Franciscogrin....looking forward to the best of the 600 this weekgrin....petersmile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Peter, I think it will be a while before I get to posting some of the 600, I have other stuff set up for the next few weeks.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 16 May 2011, 06:57
She is better than just 25,so much class
Brian Walbey: She is just one of quite a big fleet vintage.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 16 May 2011, 06:58
Sweet little thing Brian: I'd love to travel on it
Brian Walbey: It is a very nice journey Chris, a tad windy on the open trams like this one though.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 16 May 2011, 07:04
I hope they never get rid of these for good, Brian, because they are so charming. Thank god things like this are being restored for posterity!

Enjoy your image processing! I'm still working on my Norway pics after a month back. grin
Brian Walbey: These run for most of the year on a proper public service Ginnie, not just as a heritage tramway. Before I start on last weeks 600+ I have another set to finish from a stately home visit a few weeks ago, see here > http://www.flickr.com/photos/brianaw2010/5700733678/in/photostream
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 16 May 2011, 07:40
He looks as if he is taking hid job very seriously Brian.
Brian Walbey: He does indeed Chad, it is quite a torturous route in places.
  • John Prior
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 May 2011, 09:36
The past from the past, nice capture Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks John.
  • Aussie
  • Australia
  • 16 May 2011, 10:20
Oh only 600 to sort through. If you say it quick it won't sound too daunting
Brian Walbey: I guess I won't edit them all Aussie.
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 16 May 2011, 11:09
marvelously maintained
Brian Walbey: They are indeed Chantal, this is a proper public service not a heritage line.
A fine old tramway Brian. One day I would love to visit the Isle of Man
Brian Walbey: I'm sure you would enjoy the place Bill, we have been many times, both for the races and at other times.
Obviously they don't get rain on the IOM
Brian Walbey: Oh yes they do Richard, I can vouch for that having been there well over a dozen times, mind you, even in the sun these open trams are a bit chilly.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 16 May 2011, 16:19
It was 1970 when I was last on the Isle of Man. I loved the ride on the inter-urban and then up to Snaefell. At least two of my friends have had driver experience days on the trams here.
Brian Walbey: I bet your friends really enjoyed their visits then Alan.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 16 May 2011, 17:06
It is wonderful that they keep trams like this in perfect condition, they did an excellent job.
Great picture.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Astrid. This is a proper working tramway not a heritage line and the trams run every day except in deepest winter.
What a fascinating railway Brian. The carriages are beautifully designed
Brian Walbey: Yes and it's good that they have been kept in running order to provide a much enjoyed public service.
a door for every row of seats? pretty unusual imo. but great preserved specimen

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