The Completely Random A-Z of Trams in the British Isles! I is for Isle of Man

For the letter I it’s a bit of a two for the price of one as we head to the Isle of Man and include two systems in one photo.

Of course we all know the Isle of Man for its variety of heritage tramways and railways which has allowed it to become a bit of a mecca for transport enthusiasts over the years. And one place where you can get two of the lines together, side-by-side, is Laxey. Terminus for the Snaefell Mountain Railway and home to the busiest intermediate stop of the Manx Electric Railway, Laxey Station is a hive of activity and in the peak summer it is likely to be very busy with people milling around waiting for their tram to turn up – whether they want to go up to the Summit on the Mountain Railway or head away on the MER north towards Ramsey or back south to Douglas.

On the right is Snaefell Mountain Railway 1 which is waiting to depart for a trip up to the Summit. Meanwhile the Manx Electric Railway is represented by Tunnel Car 6 with trailer 60 which are working a service from Derby Castle to Ramsey. This is a fairly typical scene you will see at Laxey throughout the operating season. (Photograph by Gareth Prior, 8th September 2018)

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