Snaefell Mountain Railway reopens for 2018


Car No.5 climbs Snaefell in 2017. © Andrew Scarffe

The Snaefell Mountain Railway has reopened for the 2018 season, with services starting on Good Friday, 30th March and running until 31st October.

Infrastructure works and amendments to the braking systems on the line and vehicles have been implemented during the winter months.

A full timetable for travelling on the Snaefell Mountain Railway is Available Here.

The Isle of Man Transport Press Release can be found below:


The Snaefell Mountain Railway will recommence services from tomorrow (Good Friday).

Facilities at the Summit Café have today been commissioned in preparation for the first visitors.

Staff have transported stock to the Summit Café, tested the electrical network and undertaken repairs to the water systems, among other vital tasks.

Changes to the independent braking systems on the SMR trams have been completed and the test data reviewed by the Health and Safety at Work Inspectorate (HSWI) and a brake specialist. The improvements to control systems’ procedures and training materials have enabled the railway, which opened in 1895, to continue regular operations.

Mr Bernard Warden, Head of the Health and Safety at Work Inspectorate, said:

‘We have reviewed a report completed by a railways braking specialist which endorses the re-engineering of the fell brake system, together with improvements to other control systems recommended in a report commissioned by the Department of Infrastructure. We have also been provided with procedures and training materials introduced following the incident.

‘Additional control measures have been put in place to improve the safety of the Snaefell Mountain Railway and these will be enhanced, as soon as possible, by the installation of more modern fail to safe braking and control systems.

‘Having received advice from industry specialists we are now ready to support the commencement of passenger services and will be closely monitoring progress on the introduction of fail to safe systems.’

For more information on the Snaefell Mountain Railway and events on offer at the summit, visit or call 662525.


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