Category Archives: Manx Electric Railway

This week on British Trams Online

This week we have a further Photo Gallery with the first of a two parter from the Isle of Man:

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Event Review: Isle of Man 50 Group Charters – July 2018

In the first of a two part article David Mee reviews the Isle of Man 50 Group charters which took place immediately before the 2018 Manx Heritage Transport Festival in July.

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Visitor’s Guide to…Manx Electric Railway

Inspired by our recent guide to enthusiasts visiting Rome this is the first in a new triology of articles based on the visits of an American based British traction enthusiast – Edward M Koehler. Starting off with the Manx Electric … Continue reading

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14 goes on a (short) road trip

With preparations continuing for the 125th anniversary of the Manx Electric Railway the most high profile work is on Ratchet Car 14 which will re-enter service during the week long event. Following on from its public debut during the recent … Continue reading

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MER disrupted after car collides with tram

There were delays to Manx Electric Railway services – during the Manx Heritage Transport Festival – on Friday 27th July after a car drove into the side of a tram in Onchan. Winter Saloon 22 was heading north at the … Continue reading

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In Preview: Manx Electric Railway 125th Anniversary

Six weeks today will see the start of a packed week of events on the Isle of Man to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the Manx Electric Railway. With events on each day between Saturday 1st and Saturday 8th September … Continue reading

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Ratchet Car 14 makes its first moves on the mainline

For just over three years Ratchet Car 14 has been enjoying a major restoration jointly done by paid staff from Isle of Man Railways and volunteers and now the culmination of the project is rapidly approaching with the tram making … Continue reading

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In Preview: Manx Heritage Transport Festival 2018

For obvious reasons a lot of attention has gone towards the September events for the 125th Anniversary of the Manx Electric Railway this year but let’s not forget that the annual Manx Heritage Transport Festival also takes place with the … Continue reading

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Stamps launched for MER 125th Anniversary

You may have heard that the Manx Electric Railway is celebrating its 125th Anniversary in 2018 (a week long event takes place 1st to 8th September in case you weren’t aware!). As part of the celebrations a set of 6 … Continue reading

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Manx Electric Railway 125th anniversary events announced

For some time, it has been known that there would be a big event taking place on the Isle of Man to celebrate 125 years of the Manx Electric Railway. Full details of what is planned are now available, with … Continue reading

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Record breaking TT period on the Isle of Man

The Douglas Bay Horse Tramway, Manx Electric Railway and Snaefell Mountain Railway have all enjoyed record breaking TT periods with more passengers carried combining with the steam railway and Bus Vannin for a 14% increase compared to 2017.

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MER trailer 54 to be returned to service

With work on the joint volunteer/paid staff restoration of MER Ratchet Car 14 coming to a conclusion you would be forgiven to think that those involved would be looking for a rest but far from it as they have announced … Continue reading

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MER Trailer 42 back in service

We reported a few days ago that Manx Electric Railway trailer 42 was set to return to service imminently and no sooner has we run that story than it did! Monday 4th June was the day – for the first … Continue reading

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Repaints and returns galore for the MER

Although the main focus of attention on the Manx Electric Railway is currently the restoration of Ratchet Car 14 Derby Castle (and Laxey) Car Sheds have been a hive of activity as preparations ramp up for the 125th Anniversary events … Continue reading

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Ratchet Car 14 restoration approaches a conclusion

The extensive restoration of Manx Electric Railway “Ratchet” 14 is continuing a pace with the car still on target to be completed in time for September’s MER 125 event (1st to 8th September if you’ve forgotten the dates!).

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New warning light in Laxey

As part of a continued programme of attempting to improve road safety around the Manx Electric Railway new flashing amber lights have now been installed in Laxey. The new system warns road users of oncoming trams approaching from the direction … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Manx Electric Railway 7

We had a bit of mystery for today’s Picture in Time as we head to the Manx Electric Railway back in the 1960s for an image of a tram as we weren’t sure what the tram was but we have … Continue reading

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And overhead problems on Isle of Man too!

They say bad things come in threes and that definitely seems to be the case with overhead wires! Over the past few days we have reported on overhead problems in Edinburgh and on Manchester Metrolink but just before both of … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Manx Electric Railway 7

Today if you think of Manx Electric Railway 7 you will probably think of the stunning Blue and White livery it currently carries but as our archive photo series continues we remember the time – not too long ago – … Continue reading

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MER welcomes in 2018

There is no surer sign of the approach of Spring than the start of operating seasons at many of the heritage tramways across the British Isles which enjoy a break over winter. The first of the systems on the Isle … Continue reading

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