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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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This week on British Trams Online

As you can tell from just below this article the start of our coverage from the 125th Anniversary of the Manx Electric Railway events is now online. In this update we cover the first four days of events – huge … Continue reading

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Event Review: Ratchet Car 14 returns to service as Crossbench cars enter stage right

The 125th Anniversary of the Manx Electric Railway celebrations continued at the start of the working week with the big highlight being the official launch into service of Ratchet Car 14 after its high quality paid staff and volunteer restoration … Continue reading

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Event Review: MER 125 gets off to a soggy start

Opening in 1893 between Douglas and Groudle, the Manx Electric Railway celebrated its 125th anniversary with a week long special event at the start of September – and what an event it was! Trams returning to service, cavalcades, intensive services, … Continue reading

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Collision in Laxey

A van and tram collided on the Manx Electric Railway on the road crossing immediately to the north of Laxey Station leaving the two occupants of the van injured. The collision happened at approximately 1220 with the Department of Infrastructure … Continue reading

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Manx Electric Railway 125th Anniversary: Day 8 – Saturday 8th September

And so we reach the end of an eight day spectacular on the Isle of Man with the final day of the MER 125th Anniversary events. The final day will see both unusual and colourful combinations in service whilst the … Continue reading

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Manx Electric Railway 125th Anniversary: Day 7 – Friday 7th September

There will be plenty to see and do tomorrow on the Manx Electric Railway with every operational tram – including works cars and trailers – set to be included in a mass cavalcade through Laxey Station. Coupled with an intensive … Continue reading

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Manx Electric Railway 125th Anniversary: Day 6 – Thursday 6th September

Tomorrow will see the first of two special timetables in consecutive days  running on the MER as the celebrations for the 125th Anniversary start to ramp up towards the end of the week-long event. As always continue reading for a … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Ratchet Car 14 relaunched

For the first time since 1978 – by our reckoning that’s 40 years ago! – Ratchet Car 14 has officially carried passengers following its launch back into service on Monday 3rd September as the Manx Electric Railway 125th Anniversary events … Continue reading

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Manx Electric Railway 125th Anniversary: Day 5 – Wednesday 5th September

The week-long celebration of the Manx Electric Railway continues tomorrow as it moves into the second half of the events. Groudle will be centre-stage tomorrow with the Tunnel Cars and Crossbench’s also playing major roles as the excitement just keeps … Continue reading

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In Pictures: MER 1 heads to Laxey

The big 125th Anniversary of the Manx Electric Railway events kicked off on Saturday 1st September and despite some wet weather it doesn’t seem to have dampened spirits of the assembled enthusiasts with plenty to keep any visitor occupied. On … Continue reading

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Manx Electric Railway 125th Anniversary: Day 4 – Tuesday 4th September

The halfway point of the Manx Electric Railway 125th Anniversary events is reached tomorrow and it is hoped that it will be a day of the Crossbench with a special photo evening – weather permitting of course! Read on to … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Ratchet Car 14 to the rescue!

It was meant to be just a normal test run as final preparations were made ahead of its official launch a few days later but on Friday 31st August Ratchet Car 14 was pressed into service to pick up some … Continue reading

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Manx Electric Railway 125th Anniversary: Day 3 – Monday 3rd September

We reach the third day of the MER 125th Anniversary events tomorrow and its a big day as Ratchet Car 14 will be launched into service after its major overhaul by paid staff and volunteers. And there is plenty more … Continue reading

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Manx Electric Railway 125th Anniversary: Day 2 – Sunday 2nd September

Day 2 of the MER 125th Anniversary events sees the big birthday party at Laxey with the three 1s on display for photos for much of the day along with a chance to see behind the scenes at Laxey Car … Continue reading

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