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 (that’s 1st to 8th September 2018 if you haven’t got the message yet!).

We reported earlier in the year about the return of Winter Saloon 19 in the Derby, Laxey & Ramsey Electric Tramway livery but this has not been the only tram to receive a heritage repaint in 2018. Both Crossbench 16 and Winter Saloon 20 are now in matching 1970s liveries with 20 returning to service during late May looking resplendent following its repaint.

Meanwhile trailer 51 has also undergone a full repaint at Laxey and was recently moved back to Derby Castle ahead of its expected use during the busy TT fortnight. 51 has been repainted in the livery it carried in the early 1900s and will match the condition of 14 to allow the two to be paired together on a regular basis.

Away from repaints and 2018 is set to see the return to service of trailer 42. This trailer, last operated in 2008, has seen attention over the winter period – which has included a repaint and the fitting of new footboards – and will carry passengers once again shortly.

All in all its been a busy few months on the Manx Electric Railway! And don’t forget the 125th Anniversary events from 1st to 8th September 2018. Details of what is due to take place can be found in our original preview article from September 2017.

Are words really needed? The stunning 16 and 20 in their matching 1970s liveries at Derby Castle sheds.

51’s new paint job outside Laxey car sheds. (Both Photographs courtesy of Manx Electric Railway Online)

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