The Manx Electric Railway
Groudle, Isle of Man
The Manx Electric Railway Groudle Reviews
The Manx Electric Railway Jun 12, 2011
Leaving Laxey I was driving along the 3 feet (approx. 1 meter) narrow wheeled railway track , which first opened in 1893. The construction was initiated by Messrs, Bruce and Saunderson and the original line ran from Douglas to Laxey and in 1899 the line was extended to include Ramsey.
The Manx Electric Railway holds to being the longest narrow gauge vintage railway in the British Isles. Over 25 kilometres of line border the coastline between Douglas and Ramsey.
All the operational trams are original, with the newest dating back as far as 1906. Trams 1 and 2 are the oldest dating back to 1893 earning them a place in the record books as the oldest regularly operated tram cars in the world. Sadly many trams were destroyed by a fire in 1930 at Laxey Depot.
The Isle of Man Tramways and Electric Power Co collapsed in 1900 following an expensive expansion programme, but by 1902 a new company with mainland funding had taken over and the Manx Electric Railway ran on till it was bought by the Manx Government in the early 1950's. Times were changing though and by the mid 1960's decline of tourism hit the railways.
The mid 1970's almost saw the closure of the line, but opposition kept the trams running. The Manx Electric Railway started out as public transport mainly for tourists, but also saw its lines used for the transportation of goods and animals. It became a part of island transport which managed to stand the tests of time and progress.
I can only say that it is wonderful that they still are running because it is just like stepping back in time.
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