Category Archives: Manx Electric Railway

September Review – Isle of Man: No. 16 – Down at Derby Castle Sheds

Derby Castle Sheds have been the home of the Manx Electric Railway for 125 years. Much expanded from the original 1893 building they are now home to the vast majority of the surviving MER fleet with only Laxey Car Sheds … Continue reading

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September Review – Isle of Man: No. 15 – Another look at some of the MER trailers

For the second time in this series we concentrate on the trailers performing a valuable service to MER.

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September Review – Isle of Man: No. 14 – Solo Motors

The normal many have of the Manx Electric Railway is of motor and trailer working together but it is also a fairly common occurrence during quieter periods for motors to run solo which also have the major advantage of speeding … Continue reading

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September Review – Isle of Man: No. 13 – Wagons in service

Throughout its earlier history the MER was not just concerned with the transportation of passengers but also goods and mail. To this end a number of wagons and vans were built for use and over the past few years several … Continue reading

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September Review – Isle of Man: No. 12 – The Oldest Tram in the World

There aren’t many trams in the British Isles which can lay claim to having an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records but the original MER motors can do so. They are officially the oldest trams in the world … Continue reading

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September Review – Isle of Man: No. 11 – Ratchet 14 is back!

Undoubtedly one of the highlights of the MER 125 events was the return to action of Ratchet Car 14 following the completion of its restoration. Having last run in passenger service in 1978 (and works use two years later), the … Continue reading

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September Review – Isle of Man: No.10 – Winter Saloons in action

They have been the mainstay of the Manx Electric Railway ever since they were delivered in 1899 and the chances are that if you visit the line on a normal day it will be dominated by this class of motor. … Continue reading

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September Review – Isle of Man: No. 9 – Trailers to the forefront

Most of the time when photos of the Manx Electric Railway are featured our attention is turned towards the motor but in this article it is the trailer which is in the foreground.

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September Review – Isle of Man: No. 6 – The end of the MER Cavalcade

And the mass Cavalcade comes to a conclusion in this article as we head through Crossbench Cars, the Winter Saloon before ending with another Crossbench!

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September Review – Isle of Man: No. 5 – Manx Electric Railway Cavalcade continues

With so many trams involved in the Cavalcade there are more photos than can fit in one edition of this retrospective – and we’re not featuring everything either! – so here we see the continuation of the Parade.

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September Review – Isle of Man: No. 4 – Manx Electric Railway Cavalcade starts

For many the highlight of the events week was the MER Cavalcade which saw 14 motors, 12 passenger trailers, 2 vans, 2 wagons and 1 tower wagon parade through Laxey Station on Friday 7th September – the exact anniversary of … Continue reading

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September Review – Isle of Man: No. 3 – Groudle Shuttles

When the Manx Electric Railway opened in 1893 it only ran between Derby Castle and Groudle and to commemorate this on Wednesday 5th September 2018 special Groudle shuttles ran between the two utilising the two remaining original motors – 1 … Continue reading

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September Review – Isle of Man: No. 1 – Crossbench Evening

Throughout December we will be going back in time, well just about anyway, as we review the three big tram events of 2018 on the Isle of Man and at Crich and Blackpool (basically its an excuse to try and … Continue reading

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Relive the 125th Anniversary of the Manx Electric Railway

At the start of September this year the Manx Electric Railway celebrated its 125th anniversary with a week long special event held including the return of Ratchet Car 14, special tram tours and a Cavalcade. The event may start to … Continue reading

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We conclude our coverage from the Isle of Man and the 125th Anniversary of the Manx Electric Railway events including images in the immediate aftermath:

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Event Review: Horse Trams join in the celebrations

After a week of celebrations the Manx Electric Railway 125th Anniversary came to an end with a further day of events, including the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway getting in the act with a seven tram Cavalcade. But the MER was … Continue reading

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This week on British Trams Online

We continue coverage from the Isle of Man and the Manx Electric Railway 125th Anniversary events:

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Event Review: A stunning Cavalcade as MER celebrates its birthday in style

It was 7th September 1893 that the Manx Electric Railway opened between Derby Castle and Groudle and exactly 125 years later celebrations to mark the occasion reached their zenith with a stunning Cavalcade of 14 motors, 12 passenger trailers, 2 … Continue reading

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Event Review: MER goes back to its beginnings and 1975

Days five and six of the 125th Anniversary events saw the Manx Electric Railway look back with Wednesday 5th seeing Groudle shuttle with the original trams 1 and 2 (plus 3!) in action whilst Thursday 6th it was back to … Continue reading

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Storm Ali makes its mark

Storm season is upon us with Storm Ali causing major disruption across the northern part of the British Isles including service suspension on tramways in Dublin and on the Isle of Man.

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