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SNAEFELL MOUNTAIN TOP

Some time ago I posted a picture of a Snaefell Mountain Railway tram in the Isle of Man on its way up to the summit.  Here we see tram no.3 at the top of the 2,036 feet high mountain outside the summit restaurant, and this was taken on the same 1998 visit to the island as Sutherland last week.  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 roof tops.

 

 

 

More From The Slide Scanner 8/21

SNAEFELL MOUNTAIN TOP

Some time ago I posted a picture of a Snaefell Mountain Railway tram in the Isle of Man on its way up to the summit.  Here we see tram no.3 at the top of the 2,036 feet high mountain outside the summit restaurant, and this was taken on the same 1998 visit to the island as Sutherland last week.  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 roof tops.

 

 

 

comments (19)

  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 26 Mar 2012, 00:15
What a great looking tram,I like the look of the front door
Brian Walbey: Yes they are fine trams vintage, and 117 years old and still going strong.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 26 Mar 2012, 00:37
Reminds me of how sad it is that trams are slowly falling out of favour, Brian.
Brian Walbey: At last these are still running Ray although quite a few of our cities now have up-to-date tram systems either running or being installed, as you can see here http://www.flickr.com/photos/manofyorkshire/3241197345/
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 26 Mar 2012, 07:17
I like the placement of the door, too, Brian. What a special specimen.
Brian Walbey: Difficult to realise this tram is 117 years old Ginnie and still running, well like a tram. WE have ridden on these several times.
A fine slice of history Brian
Brian Walbey: Indeed Bill and still running after 117 years.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 26 Mar 2012, 08:28
This represents simple & reliable technology Brian
Brian Walbey: It does indeed Chris, and still running after 117 years.
Oh yes I recently saw Michael Portillo up there on his railway series.
Brian Walbey: Yes you did Chad, sadly it was foggy, which it often is up there, I think we've only been up there once when it was clear, then the views are terrific.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 26 Mar 2012, 09:03
When things were simpler and less confused -fine photo Brian.
Brian Walbey: Indeed Mike, thanks very much.
  • Fred Adams
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 26 Mar 2012, 10:00
That's a fine looking tram Brian
Brian Walbey: It is indeed Fred and 117 years old.
A wonderful tram Brian. I like the tones!
Brian Walbey: Yes it is Richard and 117 years old.
The last time I rode in a tram was in Halifax, Nova Scotia, during the early 1960's. I remember the tram driver having to get out to put the thingamajigs back on the wires when they became detached. I wonder if they encounter that problem with the Snaefell Mountain Railway tram.
Brian Walbey: Those two bow shaped things on the roof of the tram pick up the electricity from the wires so they don't need to move the thingamajigs Beverly.
  • Martin
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 26 Mar 2012, 14:34
A great shot Brian - what a fine tram it is!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Martin, yes it is still going after 117 years.
IOM would make a nice place to visit ... but not to live there all the year round.
Brian Walbey: It is a very nice place to visit Richard, indeed at one time we did toy with an idea of moving there to live when I was in my mid 40's, I'm glad we didn't, not because we don't like it, but there might not have been too much to persuade our children to stay there.
Superb, Brian. Really interesting subject, and so well captured. (:o)
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Ros.
They must be very powerful trams to climb the mountain Brian... they don't build things as well as they did back in the 1800's...it is a well framed and scanned picture....petersmile
Brian Walbey: Yes they are fine trams Peter and to still be running after 117 years is amazing. It is a lovely ride up the valley and mountain from sea level. If you have time to watch there is a very good video here > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6go4M7F_p8
  • John Prior
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 26 Mar 2012, 17:49
Interesting history and shot.
Brian Walbey: yes indeed, thanks John.
A blast from the past!
Brian Walbey: They certainly are Tom and still going strong.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 26 Mar 2012, 23:07
I've been up in one of these wonderful things back in late 1960s. It's incredible to think that they are still running more or less as built all those years ago. A good shot to include the "summit" wording and it's height.
this type of pantograph is the first one i have seen. they are in excellent shape for their age.
Brian Walbey: Yes the style of pantograph saves all the messing about with a pole at each end to change the usual sort for the direction of travel. There is a video if you have time to watch at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6go4M7F_p8
I always like taking trams like this!
Brian Walbey: So do I Elizabeth, but it is a bonus to see ones as old as this.

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