MER 19 involved in collision with bin lorry

One of the Manx Electric Railway Winter Saloons suffered minor damage on Tuesday 4th
September following an incident with a bin lorry in Groudle. The exact circumstances of the incident are not known but what is known is that MER Winter Saloon 19 was on a journey from Douglas to Ramsey when it came to hit a bin lorry on the Groudle Road crossing on King Edward Road, Groudle.

A photo on the Isle of Man Today website ( shows that the bin lorry came off a lot worse than the tram with a large dent in the front. Almost 80 passengers were on board the tram (which was running with a trailer) but no injuries were reported and they were returned to the Station by bus before the service resumed with the next scheduled departure. 19 received no serious damage with just a few paint scratches on the front corner of the tram.

The Isle of Man Police are now conducting an investigation into what caused the incident.

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4 Responses to MER 19 involved in collision with bin lorry

  1. 19 was indeed running over the weekend. 19th century technology wins again 😉

  2. Ken Walker says:

    112 year old tram 1, “less than 10 year old” bin lorry 0. Trams built to last – that’s what I like to see. Some red faces in the refuse department though! I wonder how many trams on the mainland would have got away with scraped paintwork in a collision like that? Let’s hope the Manx trams last another 100 years.

    • I have seen the after effects of a Croydon tram having hit the back of a single decker bus, which had run a red light while trying to race the tram. The engine was smashed out of the engine compartment of the bus by the tram which though it had a damaged windscreen and some dents came off fairly well. I believe the bus was written off.

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