Railways in the Isle of Man Reviews
Exciting travel by train in the isle of Man Aug 04, 2010
I thought the steam railway running south from Douglas and dating to the 1870s had to be interesting. I supposed, rightly I'm afraid, that neither the Snaefell Moutain Railway nor the Groudle Glen railway with its 2 feet gauge would be open before Easter, when I was on the island. I could not see that an electric railway could e of much historical interest. Wrong on the last one!
The Isle of Man Steam Railway runs from Douglas to Port Erin through the lovely town of Castletown on a three foot gauge track.
The Isle of Man Electric Railway runs north from Douglas to Ramsey. What makes it interesting? I think it is the atmosphere created by the old notices on the little trains on, again, 3 foot gauge track. They recall the times when in their 'wakes' or holiday weeks a number of Lancashire and Yorkshire towns would have numerous trains heading for the ferries. Imagine the workers coming from a place of smoke geting off the boat a Douglas and heading north on this beautiful line.
The Groudle Glen rialway is a very shrt line with a two foot gauge, running from Groudle Glen station on the electric railway to Sealion rocks in the bay beneath. it was originally built to serve a small zoo. it is now mainly confined to Wednesdays and Sundays in summer.
Lastly the Snaefell Mountain Railway. This runs from Laxey station on the electric railway line to the top of Snaefell in summer only. The gauge is three and a half feet and it is only a few miles long. It is the only electric mountain railway in the british isles.
I can see that people who have paid a lot and travelled to get to the UK or Ireland might be hesitant about going to another island - but if you do, you are most unlikely to reret it.
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