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.
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