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Mountain Trams - Manx Wheels

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

Mountain Trams - Manx Wheels

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

comments (15)

Public Transport as it should be.Fascinating.
Brian Walbey: Yes indeed Graeme and well worth a trip on.
  • Ray
  • Manila, Philippines
  • 19 May 2011, 00:50
They are rather elegant carriages, Brian.
Brian Walbey: They are indeed Ray and still in public service use up the local mountain.
  • Glo
  • United States
  • 19 May 2011, 04:54
great info, and lovely shot to go with it...tfs!
Brian Walbey: Many thanks for your comment.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 19 May 2011, 07:42
I'd love to travel on this Brian
Brian Walbey: I would once again Chris, it is a great journey to the top of Snaefell on a clear day.
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 19 May 2011, 08:12
so well kept this... nice one
Brian Walbey: Thanks Chantal, they are used every day of the holiday season just like the other transport systems I showed this week.
Great bit of rail history Brian, for some reason I have never been tot he IoM, maybe one day.
Brian Walbey: Well worth a visit Les, there are the Snaefell and Douglas/Ramsey Electric railways, the horse trams, Groudle Glen Railway, Laxey Mines Railway and of course the Steam Railway, plenty to fill a short break over there.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 19 May 2011, 09:41
They look teriffic Brian.
Brian Walbey: They do indeed, thanks Chad.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 19 May 2011, 10:27
The new scanner has done an excellent job, what was the original slide film - Fujichrome?
Brian Walbey: It has indeed Mike. It was almost certainly Fujichrome or Kodak Ektachrome, the mounts are not labelled with the manufacturers name.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 19 May 2011, 11:29
They look fab
Brian Walbey: They do indeed, thanks vintage.
Great looking carriages and well looked after, god bit of fun to travel in one to I would imagine smile
Brian Walbey: Yes great fun Linda, and on a clear day the ride to the top of Snaefell is lovely.
Damn it ... I climbed Snaefell the proper way donkeys years ago
Brian Walbey: And so did I Richard, but it was many, many years ago.
Sounds like a great trip to go on
Brian Walbey: It is Bill, very scenic right to the top of Snaefell.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 19 May 2011, 22:02
I've been one of these in 1969! Loved it and would love to go back again.
Brian Walbey: Yes it is a very scenic ride Alan on a good day.
  • John Prior
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 20 May 2011, 09:38
These are really nice, I take it that these are still operating?
Brian Walbey: Yes a daily service right through the holiday season John.
Lovely capture Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Pamela.

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