The Snaefell Mountain Railway is an electric mountain railway on the Isle of Man in Europe. It joins the town of Laxey, seen here, with the summit of Snaefell, at 2,036 feet above sea level the highest point on the island. It connects with the Manx Electric Railway (MER) in Laxey. The line is five miles long, built to 3 ft 6 in.gauge and uses a Fell Incline Railway System centre rail for braking on the steep gradients. It is electrified using overhead wires at 550 volts direct current, with bow collectors.
The railway operates with six identical tramcars, all of which were built 1895 by George F.Milnes & Co., and delivered in time for the line's opening that year. Of note is Car No.5 which was severely damaged by a fire on 16 August 1970 and subsequently re-built locally, re-entering service in 1971. It was distinguished by having modern aluminium framed "bus" type windows but these were removed and wooden sliding ones re-fitted during a subsequent re-build in 2003, at which time the tram became the first to carry the railway's name in Manx along its side. The current livery has been standard for over a century, save for a period upon nationalisation in 1957 when certain cars carried an unpopular green and white scheme. The original livery used until 1899 was a cream and brown scheme featuring "tramway" wording rather than "railway" which has since been favoured. Until the addition of rheostatic braking equipment on car roofs in 1970 knifeboard adverts were carried on the rooftops.
Scanned on my recently purchased Plustek OpticFilm 7600i from a 1970/80's slide, processed in CS3 and Topaz. 9/10
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